Fast Facts: Myanmar

What is the weather like in Myanmar?

Myanmar is a year-round destination; each season has its pros and cons. October to February has mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s and little rainfall. February to May tends to be dry and very hot, though not unbearable. May to October is the rainy season, though the central part of the country tends to be drier than the coast.

Check out the current weather conditions in Myanmar.

What is required for entry into Myanmar?

See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Myanmar.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Check with your physician about malaria suppressants, and make sure that all of your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Remember to take along plenty of insect repellant and sunscreen. Medical facilities in Myanmar are very basic. In the event of a medical emergency, it is best to seek treatment in Bangkok, Thailand. Take along all prescription medicine needed for the trip.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

In Myanmar, the currency is the kyat. Please review the current exchange rate for the kyat. Only cash is accepted. Bring recently printed, uncirculated U.S. dollars in large bills ($20, $50, and $100) ensuring that they are not worn, torn or folded. Old or damaged bills may not be accepted. Credit cards, debit cards, and travelers checks are not accepted, and ATMs are not available.

Tipping: Except in deluxe restaurants, tipping is not expected.

What are the best items to shop for in Myanmar?

Shop for exquisite lacquerware pieces in the traditional Myanmar color scheme (orange, green, and yellow, handcrafted marionettes, and Myanmar-style embroidered tapestries.

What are the voltage requirements in Myanmar?

Voltage: 220-240 V; Plugs C, D, F, and G. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use US appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. See more information about electrical standards around the world.

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