Myanmar

Experience ancient cultures and amazing natural beauty in mystical Myanmar (Burma) in Southeast Asia. Visit bustling markets, ancient temples, and well-preserved pagodas. Take a glimpse into the everyday life of Buddhist monks, tribal people, and native lake-dwellers. Lush tropics, beautiful rivers and lakes form the backdrop for this unique and exotic destination.

Tours & Packages to Myanmar

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Mystical Myanmar
Golden Yangon, cultural Mandalay & Irrawaddy River cruise to the world-heritage temples of Bagan, plus ephemeral Inle Lake
13 days  •  from $3499 $3199
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Myanmar? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Naypyidaw
Population:  53.9 million
Currency: Burmese kyat (MMK)
Languages: Burmese
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: MMT (UTC +6:30)

Weather

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. 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Myanmar, obtained prior to arrival. Visitors entering the country at Yangon International Airport for tourist stays may apply for a visa online through the Myanmar eVisa website, and must present the approval letter upon entry. Otherwise, apply for a visa through the Embassy of Myanmar or our preferred provider, VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send a visa support letter and instructions for U.S. passport holders to obtain your visa through VisaHQ, after you have completed your registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please apply for your visa only after receiving this letter and your e-ticket.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

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

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

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

Power & Adapters

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

Tipping

Except in deluxe restaurants, tipping is not expected.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Myanmar?

    ATMs are not available in small towns and villages  but you may find them at major airports and banks.

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad..

Rave Reviews

That was the best tour my husband and I ever took. Everything was wonderful. Myanmar is spectacular, our guide was wonderful, and the hotels were first class! Thanks, Friendly Planet, for a trip we'll never forget.

Marsha Swiller
Mystical Myanmar

I just returned from Friendly Planet’s Mystical Myanmar tour. The itinerary and hotels were exceptional. Our knowledgeable guide did an excellent job referring us to various restaurants and attractions, which made the entire experience a pleasure. All of the transfers from the hotels to the airports were organized and efficient. Thank you for providing such a great experience to this unique country.

Gisela Grabner
Mystical Myanmar