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Information

To be able to assist with your travel needs to Myanmar, the following pre-departure information had been compiled according to our most accurate and updated sources of information. You are requested to read carefully before your trip and be mindful of some important suggestions while traveling.

Responsibility

Information herein was correct at the time of preparation; however, tourism trend with effective changes has the potential to make some of the information irrelevant. This information is intended as only helpful guide and “Temples of Dynasty Travels and Tours Company Limited” is not responsible for any inaccuracies occurred. This information will not alter, in any way, the terms and conditions of journeys offered by Temples of Dynasty. Please kindly contact us with your comments if you find, during the course of your journey that the information in this part is incorrect or out of date.

Area and Density

Myanmar is the largest country on the main land in South-East Asia. 55 million people are living in a total area of 676,577 sq km.

 

Arrival and Departure Formalities:

Completed immigration and customs declaration forms must be submitted on arrival in Yangon & Mandalay international airport. All foreign currency (in excess of US$ 2,000), traveler cheques, jewelry, cameras, and other electronic apparatus must be recorded on the customs form and it may be checked again on international departure. Any Myanmar currency is not allowed to be imported or exported.

Duty free allowance is 200 cigarettes and one liter of wine or sprits. Export of antiques, Buddha images and gems without an official permit or official dealer's receipt is strictly prohibited. All baggage may be X-rayed and inspected before international departure. Suggest that not to bring mobile phones into Myanmar in order to avoid confiscation, as they are not connectable to international networks. If your travel (at least, an airport arrival transfer) has been pre-arranged with us, Temples of Dynasty Travels and Tours’ representative or guide will meet travelers on arrival after airport immigration and customs control points have been passed. So that names of guests or their group can be easily recognized on our representative’s welcome sign board.


Climate

Tropical rain, generally hot and humid, in cooler in hill regions.

Cool period: October – February (temperature 15 – 24' C)

Hot period: march – may (temperature 25 – 35' C)

Rainy period: June – September (temperature 20 – 30' C)


Culture in General

Myanmar has its own characteristics in culture. Buddhism gives the way of life to Myanmar people who preserve the traditions of close family ties, respect for elders. Myanmar people are well reputed for their generosity, simple hospitality and friendliness. Bagan and Mandalay are the seats of Myanmar culture.


Currency and Exchange:

Myanmar currency is Kyat (pronounced " Chat"). US Dollar is widely accepted in major tour destinations including hotels and shops. Euro can also be used; however exchange rate is some inferior to international market. Like US$, there is another currency frequently seen in tourism domain, is FEC (Foreign Exchange Certificate) published and approved by Myanmar Central bank for the convenience of international travelers. US$ & FEC can be changed into Kyat at market rate in the authorized moneychangers in Yangon. Small denominations of US Dollar and good condition of notes are highly recommended to bring along in cash. Currently no use of credit card and traveler cheques in Myanmar.

No more necessary to change US$ 200 or US$ 300 to FEC upon your arrival since 2003.


Departure Tax:

Airport tax for international departure is US$ 10 payable in US currency or FEC (Foreign Exchange Certificate). No airport tax for domestic flights. Subject to change without prior notice.


Domestic Flights

Major tourist attraction sites such as Bagan, Mandalay, Inle (Heho), Ngapali beach, Sittwe (for ancient Mrauk-Oo) and Kyaing Tong at Golden Triangle can be visited from Yangon, international gateway, by schedule flights in all season.

Private companies such as Air Mandalay (6T), Yangon Airways (HK), and Air Bagan (W9) are mostly used air carriers for domestic flights. The aircrafts are generally turboprop ATR 72 and ATR42. Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20 kg. All they are always non-smoking flights. Although domestic air services have improved greatly over recent years, domestic airlines often change their flight schedules at the very last minute. In such circumstances, travel agents are obliged to make adjustments on sightseeing program around these changes. We do keep you updated of flight changes prior to arrival to Myanmar.

(1) Air Bagan (* W9 flights)
56, Shwe Taung Gyar Street, Bahan, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-513411, 00-95-1-513422, 00-95-1-513322
Fax: 00-95-1-515102
Email: info@airbagan.com.mm
Website: www.airbagan.com 

(2) Air Mandalay (* 6T flights)
146, Dhamazedi Road, Bahan, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-525488, 00-95-1-501520
Fax: 00-95-1-525937
Email: info@airmandalay.com
Website: www.airmandalay.com 

(3) Yangon Airways (* YA flights)
166, Level (5), Upper Pansodan Street, MMB Tower, Mingalar Taung nyunt, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-383101/06
Fax: 00-95-1-383109
Email: ygnhq@yangonair.com
Website: www.yangonair.com


Electricity

The voltage throughout the country is 220-230 V/50 Hz. Most of the international hotels have their own generators. Other places may experience power cuts and voltage fluctuation which can damage equipment like computers. Please travel with the required protection for your electrical items.


Food

Typical Myanmar food mainly consists of plain rice and curry of meats, which are generally in rich gravy composed of tomato, onion, chili, garlic, sometimes ginger, and fish paste. The sauté vegetables and salads are mostly accompanied; even bowls of soup are also made of assorted vegetables. The dried fishes are useful for many different recipes. The taste normally is perfumed, relatively spicy and salted. As particular condiments, boiled and fresh vegetables are disposable with condensed fish source during the meal time. The most nationally popular dish is Mohingha which is on the basic of fish soup and small rice noodle. This can be easily found in every street corner.


General Advice

  • Never drink tap water. Purified bottled water is available everywhere.
  • Use an insect repellant against mosquitoes. A hat and high-factor block cream is advisable as protection against the hot sun when sightseeing.
  • Casual light clothing for year-round, but a sweater or jacket is useful in altitude, particularly for the evenings of cooler period. An umbrella or raincoat is essential if visiting during the monsoon.
  • Flashlight for exploring caves or interiors of temples.
  • A spare pair of glasses, if worn, is advisable.
  • Take plenty of film and extra digital memory card, as they are sometimes not available locally. Photography in airports, railway stations, administrative buildings such as bank, and near any military installation is forbidden. Discretion is necessary when photographing people, for close-up shots, always ask first.
  • During the stay in Myanmar, decent dress is requested, especially within the precincts of religious buildings.
  • Ladies should not wear shorts or bra-less T shirts in such places. Shoes and socks or stockings must always be removed before entering into pagodas and monasteries. Shoulders and knees should be covered. Disregard of these customs causes serious cultural and religious offence to Buddhist Myanmar people.
  • Begging is not widespread in Myanmar and visitors are requested not to encourage development of this practice by giving money to children. Contributions can be arranged through recognized local charity organizations.

Health Requirements

No vaccinations are officially required for a visit to Myanmar. However, we recommend you take adequate preventative measures to minimize your risk of exposure to the health risks such as malaria, dengue fever, diphtheria, tetanus, and HIV/ AIDS. Therefore we recommend you consult with your local doctor or a specialist travel medical center for up to date health information on vaccinations and medicine for your journey to Myanmar, at least one month prior to departure.


Hotels

Accommodation standards in Myanmar, under proper way of star rating, still vary in quality and availability (during November - February). In main destinations such as Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle, and Ngapali, there are new and international standards hotels are available; however hotels in remote locations can be very decent and simple. Therefore, we reserve the right to substitute hotel for the best available alternative standard when a first-choice is unavailable.


Insurance:

You must be comprehensively insured as a condition of traveling with us in Myanmar. It should include total coverage, in case, for medical expenses, accidents, full provision for evacuation, for repatriation expenses, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of holiday.


International Flights

Direct flights to Yangon are available from Bangkok, Calcutta, Chiang Mai, Dhaka, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Kumming, Singapore, and Taipei. Airlines currently serving Yangon are: Air Mandalay, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Air China, Indian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Qatar Airways, Silk Air and Thai Airways International, Yunnan Airlines is flying to Mandalay.

(1) Air Bagan (* W9 flights)
56, Shwe Taung Gyar Street, Bahan, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-513411, 00-95-1-513422, 00-95-1-513322
Fax: 00-95-1-515102
Email: info@airbagan.com.mm
Website: www.airbagan.com 

(2) Air Mandalay (* 6T flights)
146, Dhamazedi Road, Bahan, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-525488, 00-95-1-501520
Fax: 00-95-1-525937
Email: info@airmandalay.com
Website: www.airmandalay.com 

(3) Bangkok Airways (* PG flights)
0305, 3rd Fl, Sakura Tower, 339, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-255122, 00-95-1-255265
Fax: 00-95-1-255119
Email: rgnrrpg@bangkokair.com.mm
Website: www.bangkokair.com 

(4) Biman Bangladesh Airlines (* BG flights)
106/108, Pansodan Street, Kyauktada, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-242997, 00-95-1-240922
Email: bimanrgn@mptmail.net.mm 

(5) Indian Airlines (* IC flights)
127, Sule Pagoda Road, Kyauktada, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-253598, 00-95-1-254758
Fax: 00-95-1-248175
Email: ial-myanmar@mptmail.net.mm 

(6) Malaysia Airlines (* MH flights)
335/357, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-241007 (ext:120), 00-95-1-387648
Fax: 00-95-1-241124

(7) Mandarin Airlines (* AE flights)
353/355, Bo Aung Kyaw Street, Kyauktada, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-245484, 00-95-1-240399
Fax: 00-95-1-246330
Email: MDTTLAY@seinchit.net.mm 

(8) Myanmar Airways International (* 8M flights)
339, Bogyoke Aung San Street, Sakura Tower, Kyauktada, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-255260
Fax: 00-95-1-255305
Email: management@maiair.com.mm
Website: www.maiair.com

(9) Qatar Airways (* QR flights)
339, Bogyoke Aung San Street, Sakura Tower, Kyauktada, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-255030
Fax: 00-95-1-255033
Email: qrrgnsales@mm.qatarairways.com
Website: www.qatarairways.com 

(10) Silk Air (* MI flights)
339, Bogyoke Aung San Street, Sakura Tower, Kyauktada, Yangon.
Tel: 00-95-1-255287
Fax: 00-95-1-255290

(11) Thai Airways International (* TG flights)
Tel: 00-95-1-255499
Fax: 00-95-1-255490
Email: sales@thaiairways.com.mm
Website: www.thaiairways.com


Internet Homepage

www.templesofdynasty.com
www.myanamrtourdestinations.com


Language

The official language is Myanmar. However there are many different ethnic groups with their own dialects (sometimes only spoken dialects) in the country. English is widely understood.


Local Markets

During your tour through Myanmar, you will find many markets of various interests (weekly markets, night markets, fish and vegetable markets, the 5 day rotating market around Lake Inle etc. etc.) Your guide will assure that you will be able to visit as many as possible. Do mention your special interest to your guide.


Local Time

6:30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.


Local Tour-guide

Our guides are mostly bi-lingual such as English/French, English/German etc. They are officially licensed from Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Common enthusiasm is that they are much interested on the country; they love to share with guests about it. For your visit and stay at areas of minority inhabitants, we do always best to hire area’s local ethnic person as your guide for the reason of local knowledge background unless language efficiency is very poor. Our guides are always flexible about sightseeing, they can advise you for ultimate discovery of place’s events, festivals, and especially of local people.


Shopping

Lacquer wares, silver, wood and stone carvings, hand-woven, silk and cotton, gems, "Kalaga" embroidered tapestries, traditional puppets and tribal handicrafts are well known for souvenirs in Myanmar. All gems and jewelry purchases should be made through a government-registered dealer, who must issue an official receipt, which is required for export of such items. Bargaining is essential for all souvenir items.


Telecommunication

Myanmar postal service is quite mediocre. Most hotels have IDD (international direct dialing) lines, but calls are expensive with average costs of a call to Australia, Europe and USA approximately US$ 9 per minute. Public phones that use pre-paid phone cards or callback systems are not available in Myanmar. Limited internet access is available at many hotels and cafes only.
Please note that mobile phones brought into the country are not connectable to international networks such as GSM.
It is allowed to carry laptops to Myanmar. Internet connection on the laptop however is not possible and one has to use the hotel's business centre or an outside cyber cafe'.


Transportation

Temples of Dynasty Travels and Tours Company Limited provides air-conditioned coaches, mini-vans, and cars for all journeys in Myanmar, except in some remote areas, inevitably, where air-conditioned vehicles may not always be available. Due to mediocre condition of roads in Myanmar, long distance overland journey generally takes longer than the expectation, averaging only 45 kilometers per hour; therefore mode of transports should be balanced for your comfort. We will take good care in order to do the best.

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