Burma is a magnificent country and a wonderful place to visit. It has plenty of inexpensive and unique products that you can find in many of their local markets and shops. The townspeople are nice and friendly. Burma is the name for Myanmar if you use the English language since the colonial civilization and is now known as Myanmar if you use the Burmese language name for it.
In 1989, the Burmese government (ruling military junta) changed its name by using their own Burmese language including a number of places in the region. For example, Mawlamyine is a name coming from the Burmese language for the English term Moulmein while Yangon is a Burmese term used to name the place Rangoon.
Myanmar is the largest country in Southeast Asia and it's presently ruled by a military council or junta. Other countries still recognize and refer Myanmar as Burma but even if the name has been changed and in spite of its political shortcomings, people from all over the world are still willing to visit this majestic and beautiful place.
Things You Will Need
- Laptop, tablet, netbook or any portable computer
Get a tourist visa. You can easily get a tourist visa through the Myanmar embassies worldwide. If the place that you currently live does not have a Myanmar embassy, you can acquire a tourist visa via an Asian country like Thailand or China and this will depend on your flight as well. It's advisable to get the help from a reliable travel agent so that this can be arranged properly and conveniently in Bangkok.
Call the Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board to find a good accommodation. They can give you updated information like airline flight schedules, trade show information, and other things especially if this is the first time that you'll be visiting the country formerly known as Burma. You can also go to their official website for accommodation listings at Myanmar-tourism.com or directly call them at 011(+95) (0)1 242 828, Ext. 6462.
Book your trip with well-established travel operators. In this way, you'll feel relaxed because things will just be arranged for you and if there's any problem, someone will instantly take care of it without you being bothered. It's advisable that you can research well prior to visiting the country so that you'll have a better understanding about the country, culture, people and among other things in order for you to have informed choices, not only from those tours that you'll be taking.
When it comes to your tour agreement with a travel agency, you can ask them to have a hotel where you can have your own car and travel guide so you'll have a convenient and flexible time when visiting the places that you want. If you don't want to book with tour operators for certain reasons, it's advisable to fly directly to Mandalay or Yangon. Once you're there, you can just book a hotel and make your own arrangement and have more options.
You can also get a car directly from the hotel that you'll be staying. Most of the hotel's in Myanmar have hired drivers who are friendly and they could even become good guides as well. Just remember to give them a tip because they will truly appreciate it. The hotel where you'll stay could also help you find a very good guide if you need one every time you go to other places within the country.
Choose an accommodation that is right for you. You can rent a bungalow at a small local hotel for fifteen dollars ($15) a day and if you're travelling during the time during off-season, this price could even include a breakfast meal.
If you'll stay in a local guesthouse located in one of their remote rural villages, your accommodation would possibly cost between four up to six dollars ($4 - $6) a day but don't expect the amenities that those expensive hotels can offer.
Consider staying in one of their bed and breakfast inns in Yangon. It could cost you between twenty five up to forty-five dollars ($25 - $45) per night with good air-conditioning, internet connection, satellite television, refrigerator and breakfast. You may be able to find good deals online mostly through popular travel sites.
Choose a luxury hotel in one of the big cities in Myanmar even if you're traveling on a budget. Most of their luxury hotels are really cheap compared to the US and European countries. You'll be amazed at the wonderful and great amenities that you can enjoy while staying in one of their luxury hotels.
The hospitality of the employees while you're staying there in their luxury hotels is good. You can just fly through Yangon Mingadalon International Airport and travel via the domestic air services if you want to visit the larger cities of Myanmar or Burma.
Stay in a hotel where you'll be reminded of the country's old colonial past. The Strand is an example which was built in 1901 and is centrally located in Yangon. This beautiful hotel has been refurbished in the 1920's theme and it is an amazing building to see.
Visit the beautiful Pagodas and Temples of Myanmar. The magnificent Ananda Temple is located southeast of Tharabar Gate in Bagan. This was constructed in 1105 by King Kyanzittha. The pagoda consecrates the four Buddhas. These Buddhas are facing a particular direction so Kakusanda faces north, Kassapa faces south, Konagamana faces east and Gotama faces west.
Tips and Warning:
Board on one of the Mandalay-Bagan express ferries where passengers get a chance to relax in their reclining seats located on the lower deck. Their ferries also offer a bar and café located on the upper deck.
You can purchase train tickets if you're in Myanmar because it's easy to have them through their station ticket offices. Try to inquire through their ticket windows and you'll be invited to enter in the ticket booth office. Wait for a little while and prepare for the names if you're traveling with a few people or members of family. Provide the nationality and passport number for everyone because these will be written on each ticket.
It's advisable to purchase tickets a few days before your travel. Bookings are usually done through hand-written reservation lists at the station where your trip will start. You can also book train tickets through your hotel.
Land transportation could be uncomfortable if you're not that adventurous and is not used to the humid climate of Myanmar. Some of their roads are bumpy. Avoid Burma's very cramped public bus transportation because you might end up being so stressed and "sweaty" after the trip.