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Myanmar (Burma)

After years of being closed to foreigners, Myanmar (or Burma as it's often still called) is a world away from the neighbouring tourist favourites of South East Asia. With a complicated social history, and still some problems to fix, the crowds have yet to reach this fascinating country sandwiched amidst India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Venture away from the backpacker trail, to find breathtaking temples, spiritual Buddhist monuments, traditional village communities and stunning rural countryside.

 

Myanmar Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language of Myanmar is Burmese.

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Currency

Name: Burmese Kyat
Code: MMK
Symbol: K

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Time Zones

Myanmar Standard Time (UTC +06:30)

Top Places in Myanmar

After reopening to international tourists in 2012, Myanmar has seen a massive increase in visitors. Accommodation in the main cities can get booked up months in advance. Hotspots like Yangon and Bagan can get particularly busy during high season, so make sure you plan ahead. There are still some areas of the country that are closed to foreigners due to ongoing political unrest, so please check the latest government advice prior to travel.
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Yangon

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Inle Lake

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Bagan

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Mandalay

Myanmar Travel Costs

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Beers

A bottle of local beer such as Myanmar Beer or Mandalay Beer will usually cost under ‎£3. Beer is widely drunk by the Burmese even though alcohol consumption is still frowned upon by conservative Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims.

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Meals

Food in Myanmar is not expensive. You can expect to pay between 50p and ‎£3 for lunch or dinner at a basic local restaurant. Western food will cost more.

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Taxi Ride

It is common practice to negotiate for taxi prices in Myanmar. Short taxi journeys in the cities will usually cost between K1,500-K2,000 (a couple of pounds). You can also get a trishaw (cycle rickshaw) for a little less.

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Transport

The most common way to get around Myanmar is by bus or plane. Bus costs will vary depending on the length of your journey but will usually be under ‎£25. Long-distance boat travel on the Irrawaddy River will cost between ‎£10 and ‎£50.

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Guesthouses

Budget accommodation in a guesthouse will usually cost between ‎£5 and ‎£20. If you pay a bit more in the cities, you can get something a bit more spacious with air con and private bathrooms.

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Hotels

Hotels in Myanmar's cities can be expensive, mainly due to the high demand. Yangon hotels are the most expensive, sometime reaching up to ‎£300 per night for the ultimate luxury.

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Myanmar Highlights

 

 

 

 

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Bagan Temples

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Yangon Circular Train

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Shwedagon Paya

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Inle Lake by boat

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Myanmar Adventure Tours

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Myanmar on a Shoestring
Using Thailand as your start and finish point, this two week tour lets you explore the surreal wonders of Myanmar. Visit the Bagan temples and ruins, hike through rices paddies and encounter rural hilltribes. Flights to Myanmar from Thailand are included, so you can make the most of your trip.
14 days | From £1,349
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Overland Tour: Bishkek to Yangon
Sometimes it's about the journey, not just the destination. With this truck-based overland tour you will travel from the city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan all the way through the remote parts of China and into Myanmar. See places in Myanmar that most people will miss, traveling with one of the pioneering tour companies in Asia.
68 days | From $6,648 + kitty
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The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)
Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2200 beautiful temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk and climb Mandalay Hill to reflect on lovely views of the surrounding countryside. 
12 days | From £2,099
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