The climate of Myanmar is tropical with three main seasons summer season, rainy season and cold season. The summer season start from February to the mid of May, average temperature is 30-35 C. The rainy season start from the mid of May to mid of October, average temperature is 25-30 C. Although it rains heavily in Yangon and Inle Lake, traveling in Myanmar during this season is still enjoyable because Mandalay and Bagan lie in dry zones where it barely rains. For Inle lake, rainy season is the best. The lake, the mountains, the stream, the paddy fields, everywhere is green and clean. This is the most beautiful time for Inle lake. The cool season start from the mid of October to February, average temperature is 20-24C. Somewhere of the upper Myanmar, Shan State as popular destination Taunggyi, Kalaw (southern Shan State) has a temperature between 5 – 10 C and travelers may need to bring some warm clothes to tour around this area. This cool season is the best travelling to Myanmar. .
Myanmar has 3 gateways to enter, Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia, Air China, China Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airline, China Southern airlines, Dragon Air, Jet Star, Korean Air, Malaysia airline, Myanma Airways International, Nok Air, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, Singapore airlines, Tiger Air, Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet airlines fly to Yangon International Airport. Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia, Silk Air, Myanmar Airway International Airlines and China Eastern Airlines landing at Mandalay International Airport. Bangkok Airways and China Eastern Airlines fly to Nay PyiTaw.
For foreigners who want to come to Myanmar by border cross should already obtain Myanmar visa. Border crossing between Myanmar and Thailand; Thailand - Tachileik – Mae Sai, Myawaddy – Mae Saot, Kawthaung – Ranong and Htee Khee – Nan PhuRau Border crossing between Myanmar and China; Rue Li – Mu Se.
It is advisable to purchase travel insurance in your own country. It is very important to choose a reputable insurance company who has agent in Myanmar. Some of Myanmar Insurance Companies like FMI insurance, AIA Insurance, Capital Life Insurance and etc. can provide Travel Insurance services.
All foreigners must be declared to the Customs at the airport. Foreign are required to declare above USD 2000, jewelries and electrical devices. Myanmar customs allowed travelers may bring in duty free 200 cigarettes, One quart of beverage and one pint of perfume. Not allowed elephant tusk, tortoise shell and export of Myanmar antiques are prohibited. If you have plan to purchase Gems, Gold Smith and Jewelries, it is advisable to purchase at the licensed dealers, who can issue export permit are allowed to be taken out of Myanmar.
The monetary unit is the Kyat (pronounced ‘chat’) and the symbol is ‘K’ for singular and ‘Ks’ for plural. The denomination notes are Kyat 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 & 1. We didn’t use coins and the currency exchange rate is around 1350 Kyats to US $ 1. Bank rates and market rates can vary from 3 to 5 Kyats depending on the bank and US Dollar is the most popular foreign currency in Myanmar.
Tourists can easily change any foreign currency into Local Kyat at any exchange counters with market rate. Local currency Kyat can also withdraw three times a day from the ATMs and bank will charge about 5,000 kyat per transaction. Now a day credit cards; Master Card and Visa Cards are accepted in Myanmar especially in the tourism related businesses like hotels, travel agencies and high-end restaurants.
GMT + 6 ½ hours
IThe standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type C, D, F and G and a flashlight is helpful when traveling up country where electricity is poor.
Government offices open from 09:30 to 16:30 on weekdays. Banking hours are from 10:00 to 15:00. Private companies work daily except Sunday and gazette holidays from 09:00 to 17:30. Shopping centers and super markets open daily, but Bogyoke (Scott) Market closes on Monday and gazette holidays. Busy hours at this place are from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm.
Four operators (MPT, Ooreedoo, Telenor and My Tel) are operating telecommunication services in Myanmar. 1 SIM-card is 1500 Kyats around 1.5 USD and all SIM card work on a prepaid top- up basic 1000 Ks, 3000 Ks, 5000 Ks, 10000 Ks available. SIM cards and top-up card can be bought at all convenience store and numerous retailers in every city.
Internet access has improved. Free Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, guest houses, restaurants and cafes. You can even find internet access in remote areas. However, Internet access can be slow sometime so you cannot down load large files.
Tipping is not part of Myanmar Culture; tip is not a must and you can pay as you wish and depend on your satisfactory on the services that you get and enjoy. Some common practices are porter at airport, porter at hotels, car drivers, boat drivers and your tour guides.
Light clothing is required all year-round, but a sweater or jacket may be needed when traveling in hilly areas, especially during winter months. If visiting during the rainy season (May – September), an umbrella or raincoat will be required for the days in Inle Lake and Yangon. It is required to dress decently within the areas of religious buildings. Shoes and socks must be removed at pagodas and monasteries so it is advisable to bring a pair of flipflop.
- At religious places, remove footwear but to remove headwear is not necessary.
- Avoid shouting or laughing.
- Avoid being a nuisance when taking photographs.
- Treat Buddha images with respect.
- Tuck away your feet. Don't point it toward the pagoda or a monk.
- Don't play loud music in these areas. Note that Buddhist monks are not allowed to listen to music.
- Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor or somewhere inappropriate.
- Don't touch sacred objects with disrespect. Hold them in your right-hand. or with both hands.
- Leave a donation when possible.
- Show respect to monks. nuns. and novices (even if they are children).
- Don't offer your hand to shake hands with a monk.
- Sit lower than a monk and elders.
- Don't offer food to a monk. nun. or a novice after noon time.
- A woman should not touch a monk.
- Do not ware brief & bra less shirt, brief skirt & pants, trousers.
More than 90 days prior to arrival: 30% deposit of total tour price is required.
45 days prior to arrival: 50% deposit of total tour price is required.
30 days prior to arrival: Immediate full payment is required upon confirmation of services.
(ii) Payment Procedure:
Payments are to be made according to provided invoices only and should be made by credit card or bank transfer. Any bank charges levied by the sending bank, relating to transfers to 24 Hour Tour Co.,Ltd, must be paid by the sender. Payment Procedures will be sent by Tour 24 Co.,Ltd***Please note that for the time being credit surcharge is 3.5 % will be added to original quote. ***
- 60 to 46 days before arrival: 15% of total cost
- 45 to 31 days prior to commencement 30% of total cost
- 30 to 15 days prior to commencement 60% of total cost
- 14 days prior to commencement 100%
We planed discount for the age between 2 to 12 are as detail,
Child in shared adults room without extra bed: 60% of total package price.
Child in shared adults room with extra bed: 80% of total package price.
Child in shared twin room: 100% of total package price.