Travel Guide: Myanmar
Myanmar is a country that can be defined in many ways. But startling is probably the best one. With a very recent experience in tourism, this country has lots to develop but is also one of the best in South East Asia to explore the truest side of its people and history. Warming locals, sincere smiles and beautiful sights make Myanmar an unforgettable experience.
When to Travel
The time to travel to Myanmar is now (before the crowds get there)! But if you are looking for the best season, like in most of South East Asia, sunny and warm days are around October to May. Monsoon season is usually a cooler (but obviously wetter) option and logically less crowded, a good advantage if you want to experience Bagan as a ‘undiscovered’ spot.
Accommodation prices vary in Myanmar. Yangon, Bagan and beaches alike are quite expensive. Mandalay and Inle Lake a slightly cheaper.
Food in Myanmar is (mostly) cheap but not pleasant for all tastes. Usually served at room temperature, food here lacks the flavour you’d normally encounter in the rest of South East Asia. Always pack a snack with you.
Travelling around the most famous destinations is usually fine. Buses are widely available but not always the most comfortable option. If you are heading to any beach, be prepared to face a painful road.
Things to Do
- Myanmar is a very young country when it comes to tourism. Most people still don’t speak English and depending where you go, you’ll probably be the attraction.
- Burmese people are one of the most welcoming and kind we met. Get to know the locals and their way of life.
- The country is mainly Buddhist and still not used to the Western ways of dressing, so be modest, specially in temples.
- Internet is obviously an issue as most of the country still lacks the adequate infrastructure. Don’t relay too much on it.
*Cost breakdown shown below refers to expenses per day for 2 people for Australian & Brazilian passport holders (visa).
- Accomodation: AU$26.40
- Food: AU$23.69
- Entertainment: AU$7.33
- Visa: AU$128
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