Foreigners are advised to bring enough only cash in US$ dollars in to Myanmar as that is the only foreign currency that can be directly and easily exchanged into local currency with market price. Credit cards , VISA card , MPU are welcome at most of Places.
Standard Voltage in Myanmar is 220-240 Volts with A.C 50 Hz. Standard plug in Myanmar is the British standard flat three pin plugs, and the two-pin plug.
Myanmar is +6:30 hrs ahead of GMT (+0.00) with 0:30 hr later than Thailand and 1:30 hr behind of Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.
Normally, most travelers visit within October to March even though the country has favorable weather all year round. It is the hottest period in April & May, with no rain and very hot temperatures. Monsoon season starts from July to September and only effects coastal and hilly regions. There is not much effect from the monsoon in upper Myanmar such as Mandalay, Amarapura and Bagan.
Most Government offices operate from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm on weekdays whilst private companies operate from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and half day on Saturday. Normal banking hours are 10:00 am to 02:00pm on weekdays. Most of markets & shops are open everyday, except for Bogyoke (Scott) Market which is closed on Monday.
In official meetings, long sleeve shirt and black trouser are required. It is not necessary to wear a tie and coat due to the hot weather. Most Burmese people do not have a family name or first name. Myanmar culture always uses “U (pronounce as Oo) for Mr. and Daw for Ms./Mrs. in front of their name when addressing people and showing courtesy to them. Appointments should be made in advance and punctuality is respected. English is widely used by businessmen in Myanmar and business cards are normally exchanged during greetings.
Local people are genuinely happy to help visitor and do expect anything in return. Tips in hotel and restaurants are not mandatory but accepted with a smile.
Myanmar costumes are simple and very elegant. Traditional dress is called “Longyi” and is very comfortable for Myanmar’s hot climate. Longyi is a woven cloth wrapped around the waist and cover lover part of body without diverge at the middle as a trousers.
The most suitable costume to wear is light colour cotton material with sandals or slippers for all year round. Because of hot weather and rains, sandals are more suitable than shoes. Additional clothing of light jerkin or sweaters for winter season, and umbrella or raincoats for rainy season, is adequate for your light travel. Hats and sunglasses are recommended for hot season.
In visiting pagodas, shrines or any religious place, it is important to dress decently and abstain from wearing shorts pants or miniskirts. Sandals or slippers are convenient, as all footwear including socks or stockings must be removed before entering pagodas or temples. Ladies should not wear shorts, briefs or braless shirts to religious places.
It is fantastic to do shopping in Myanmar and you will always feel that you got more than what you paid for. Compared to others countries; things are much cheaper in Myanmar, except for hotel rooms, land and cars. Bargaining is also widely accepted in most areas, and feel free to bargain. Lacquerware from Bagan is famous. Textile, woodcarving, silverware, tapestries and puppets are famous products of Mandalay. Myanmar’s gems, such as ruby, jade and sapphire, are known around the world for their outstanding quality.
The country is well known for its rich culture and natural beauty. Myanmar is famous among photographers for its scenery. Our recommendation is to bring a number of memory cards for your camera and handycam.
It is advisable to bring a first-aid kit with you for emergency use. Insect repellent, sunscreen or UV protection body lotions are a must. Best to bring brand medicine for fever, diarrhea, insect repellent and bandages. Medicine is widely available in all areas but it is safer to use products you know are reliable. Never drink tap water and drink only bottle water. Ice in most large high standard hotels is made from purified water.
Things can be bought in Myanmar at reasonable prices. However, the following items you should bring with you for emergency use: