Resources

  • Go-Myanmar.com (www.go-myanmar.com) Plenty of up-to-date travel-related information and advice.
  • Myanmar Tourism Federation (http://myanmar.travel) Inspirational pictures, good background information and travel tips.
  • Online Burma/Myanmar Library (www.burmalibrary.org) Database of books and past articles on Myanmar.
  • Ministry of Hotels & Tourism (http://tourism.gov.mm/en_US) Government department with some useful information.
  • Myanmar Now (www.myanmar-now.org) News and features site.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Consider visiting during the rainy season. Hotel rates can fall dramatically, particularly in the main locations such as Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake, as tourists are thin on the ground.
  • As well as your ATM card, bring plenty of crisp, clean US bills for exchange into kyat; US$100 bills get the best rates of exchange.
  • Search out and support small, independent businesses and those that have charitable and sustainable-tourism programs.
  • Be sensitive to and respectful of local customs and behaviour: dress appropriately when visiting religious sites and rural villages.
  • Don't encourage a culture of begging by randomly handing out charity and/or sweets, pens and the like to those you encounter in city streets, villages or hiking trails.
  • Check out the Dos & Don'ts for Tourists (www.dosanddontsfortourists.com).

What to Take

  • All-purpose electrical-plug adapter
  • Torch (flashlight) for power blackouts
  • Warm jacket for chilly overnight bus rides
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Bug spray
  • Prescription medicines

What to Wear

Unless you are planning a luxury cruise along one of the country's rivers, it's unlikely you'll need anything formal or fancy to wear. The key things to remember are that you will be taking your shoes on and off quite a lot to visit temples, enter homes etc, so flip-flops or sandals are recommended. Also, both men and women should respectfully keep their legs and upper bodies fully clothed when visiting religious buildings – a longyi (sarong) or shawl can work for a quick cover-up in such cases.

If you're visiting any of Myanmar's higher-altitude areas, bring warm clothes to counter cooler temperatures and chilly nights.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Apply for a visa
  • Book hotels, flights and river cruises
  • Sort out any necessary permits for travel to restricted areas
  • Stock up on brand-new US dollar bills
  • Arrange any necessary vaccinations