HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA & MYANMAR

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COME AND EXPLORE TWO OF THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE SOUTHEAST!

The temple complexes of Angkor in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar are the two great wonders in the Southeast  Asia. Both of them boast a vast number of historic temples, oft-photographed sunrises and sunsets, and a magnitude of scale unimaginable to anyone but an art historian. In Cambodia, discover the country’s fascinating history and culture in Phnom Penh’s heaving streets and in the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor. In Myanmar, visit the awesome pagodas in Yangon, the ancient temples in Bagan, cruise on the magical Inle Lake and the cultural centre of Mandalay in Myanmar.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO PHNOM PENH (-/-/-)

Arrival by flight at Siem Reap International Airport by afternoon flight TBC meet & greet by our professional guide who will introduce you briefly history, culture and various aspects of Cambodia lives. Directly transfer to the hotel for check in. Free at leisure in hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Siem Reap. Lunch and dinner on your own account.

DAY 2 – PHNOM PENH – FLIGHT TO SIEM REAP (B/L/-)

Optional Tour: The Cambodian Circus Show in Siem Reap

Phare Cambodian Circus young and talented artists performed in Siem Reap with always energetic and unique performances in the very heart of the Cradle and Civilization of Cambodia! Reserved seats in the front of the stage + 1 bottle of water + 1 gift from Phare Ponleu Selpak. (Price per person – USD 35)

Breakfast in hotel, transfer to South Gate of Angkor Thom, visit Bayon Temple located at the centre of Angkor Thom City. It is known for the 216 giant mysterious faces carve on the 54 towers, each posing a differing mysterious smile, keeping watch of each compass point. On the walls of the galleries are many bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life, great battles and military processions during Angkor period and Phimean Akas, Baphuon, Terraces of Elephant and King Leper. Then visit Ta Prohm Temple was built in the memory of the King Jayavarman VII’s mother. When found by the French conservators at the end of the 19th century, they deliberately left this temple in the same condition as it was discovered.In the afternoon, visit one of the most popular temples of the Angkor Complex Angkor Wat Temple, and surrounding sites. This is the largest temple complex in the world, a marvel of art and architecture, both Hindu and Buddhist. Enjoy the Sunset view from the top of Pre Rup-temple. Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner on your own account.

DAY 3 – SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP LAKE – PHNOM PENH (B/L/-)

Breakfast in hotel, check out and directly transfer by overland to Phnom Penh, Capital city of Cambodia with optional stop on the way stop. Transfer to visit floating village on Tonle Sap Great Lake, the largest fresh-water basin in South-East Asia at Kampong Khleang Village. Cambodia’s Great Lake is one of the geographical wonders of the world. Getting the private sheltered boat ride is the best way to explore how people’s live and work and witness their daily activities, including fishing, schooling, selling their products by rowing their dugout around. Visit Kampong Kdei Bridge, Pre-Angkorian bridge. Stop at Skun to experience local people life in local market with its popular of Aping (black Spider Grilled). Check-in hotel in Phnom Penh upon arrival. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner on your own account. 

DAY 4:  PHNOM PENH – CITY TOUR – FLY TO YANGON (B/L/-)

In the morning city tour, visit Independence Monument and former King Norodom Sihanouk memorial Stupa. Continue to the Royal PalaceSilver Pagoda, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. Seeing the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century and continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. In afternoon, visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21), which was the largest center of incarceration and torture in the country during the Khmer Rouge regime. Stop at Russian Market for a quick shopping for local handicraft products. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh. Transfer to airport with guide and take flight to next destination. FLIGHT _ 15:35 – 16:50 PG 934 (PHNOM PENH/BANGKOK) 20:30 – 21.55 PG 705 (BANGKOK/YANGON) Upon arrival to Yangon Airport transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Yangon. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner on your own account.

DAY 5:  YANGON (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, experience 30 minutes on Yangon’s circular train used daily by local people. Visit one of the most major bazaars in Yangon the, Bogyoke Aung San Market (closed on Mondays and holidays) A place that surely you don’t want to miss. It is known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, variety of handicrafts, gems and jewel shops, art galleries, clothing and garment stores, traditional medicine, local delicacies and even foreign goods. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, travel back in time and enjoy amazing ,,Yangon’s Colonial Architecture” Explore impressive City Hall, Superior High Court, Independence Monument, General Post Office, House of Customs and the Strand Hotel, which is a Victorian style building which opened in 1901. All of these in the heart of the city, surrounded by a number of sacred pagodas and well-maintained parks. OPTIONAL TOUR (9 USD per pax): Visit of “Secretariat Office”, which has been sealed for many years and just recently unlocked for public access. Finish the day by walking tour and watching sunset over the magnificent golden dome of Shwedagon Pagoda rises an impressive 98 meters from its base and is said to have been covered with tons of pure gold, along with numerous precious stones such as jade, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. After the tour, return to the hotel and dinner on your own account.

DAY 6:  YANGON – FLIGHT TO HEHO – INLE LAKE (B/L/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Heho – FLIGHT TBC  / YANGON – HEHO (1hr 10’). Upon arrival to Heho Airport, transfer to Nyaung Shwe (around 1h 30’) – getaway to Inle Lake. On the way, stop at a local bamboo umbrella factory where you will have a chance to make your own umbrella and take it away as a souvenir. Upon arrival to Nyaung Shwe get a board of local boat and start exploration of Inle Lake known for one-leg rowing fishermen, beautiful floating gardens and villages and always smiling Itha people. During the trip we will get off shore and visit the main sanctuary of the lake, the ,,Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda” and ,,Nga Hpe Kyaung”, one of the oldest monastery in the lake, renowned for its rich history and architectural structure. For lunch stop at the floating village and enjoy “Homecooked Lunch with local family”. After the tour boat transfer to the hotel, check-in and dinner on your own account

DAY 7: INLE LAKE (B/L/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast visit famous 5-day rotating Nampan market – one of the most popular attractions. After boat trip to Indein the home of the Pa-oh tribe. Along the way, you will be greeted by many ancient pagodas in many shapes and sizes and in various states of preservation. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch visit Inpawkhon – the famous weaving centre of the Intha people; lotus silk weaving workshop; cheroot factory and silversmith workshop at the end. After the tour return by boat back to the hotel and dinner on your own account

DAY 8:   INLE LAKE – HEHO – FLIGHT TO MANDALAY (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay – FLIGHT TBC /  HEHO – MANDALAY (30’) Upon arrival to Mandalay direct transfer to visit Golden Palace Monastery – a superb example of a traditional wooden building & Kuthodaw Pagoda which is also called “the world’s largest book”, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. OPTIONAL TOUR (5 USD per pax): After lunch experience the most revered religious monument in Myanmar – “Mahamuni Pagoda & Mahamuni Buddha Image”;  Continue to Amarapura – famous for traditional hand crafts and workshops including woven silk; Kalaga tapestries and Gold leaf work shop. Enjoy sunset at the oldest teak wood bridge in the world U Bein. After the tour transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own account

DAY 9:   MANDALAY – AVA – MINGUN (B/L/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart to explore Ava (Mouth of the lake) popular for Me Nu Ok Kyaung (Me Nu’s Brick Monastery) and an authentic teakwood masterpiece the Bagaya Monastery. Next, visit to the “leaning tower” Nanmyint, one of the only structures remaining from King Bagyidaw’s palace. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Mandalay jetty for relaxing 1 hour cruise to Mingun. Upon arrival visit Pahtodawgyi Pagoda– well known for being the world’s largest unfinished pagoda; Hsinbyume Pagoda and the heaviest functioning non-cracked bell in the world the Mingun Bell.  After the tour return to Mandalay and enjoy the panoramic view over the city from Mandalay Hill. Dinner on your own account

DAY 10: MANDALAY – FLIGHT TO BAGAN (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast transfer to Mandalay Airpor for your domestic flight to Bagan – FLIGHT TBC /  MANDALAY- BAGAN (40’). Upon arrival to Bagan direct transfer to visit Shwezigon Pagoda an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists; Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi, noteworthy for its mural paintings & Manuha Temple. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. After lunch, continue to Ananda Temple; Htilominlo Temple; Thatbyinnyu Temple one of the highest monuments of Bagan; Gawdawpalin Temple, Dhammayangyi Pahto Temple & Sulamani Temple. (OPTIONAL E-BIKE RENTAL during temple sightseeing: 6 USD per pax). At the end of the day enjoy marvelous sunset view from one of the elevated temples. After the tour transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own account. OPTIONAL (17 USD per pax): Dinner with an entertaining traditional puppet show.

DAY 11: BAGAN (B/L/-)

OPTIONAL – only in high season: ,,BALLOONS OVER BAGAN” – Get the best views of Bagan’s 2,000 temples and pagodas, all of which are nigh on impossible to visit on land, during an extra-special hot-air balloon flight. (300 USD per person / Duration approximately: 45min-1hr) Get this unique and exhilarating soaring experience of a lifetime. The flight would be early in the morning for you to watch the unparalleled beauty of the sunrise along the thousands of stupa and the Irrawaddy River.

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast visit of the lively & colorful local market, “Nyaung U Market”. Afterwards, visit a lacquerware workshop. You will be welcomed in Min Nan Thu Village, a traditional craft village in Bagan. Meet the friendly villagers and get a glimpse of their daily routine. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. OPTIONAL (supplement 17 USD per pax) : Lunch in a monastery with monk blessing. Around 4 PM set out on a boat cruise and enjoy the vivid sunset view over Irrawaddy River. Enjoy the panoramic view of the setting sun. Apart from the river and the sunset, while on the boat you will also discover the riverside temples and villages, including the local peoples’ long-legged wooden houses roofed with palm leaves. After the cruise return to the hotel and dinner on your own account. 

DAY 12: BAGAN – FLIGHT TO YANGON (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to Bagan Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon – FLIGHT TBC/ FLIGHT BAGAN – YANGON (1h 20’) . Upon arrival to Yangon direct transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure by FLIGHT TBC

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ROUTE: SIEM REAP | PHNOM PENH | YANGON | INLE LAKE | MANDALAY | BAGAN 

May 2020: 05 /  12 /  19 / 26 

June 2020: 02 / 09 / 16 / 23

July 2020: 07 / 14 / 21 / 28 

August 2020: 03 / 10/ 17 / 24

September 2020: 01 / 08 / 15 / 22

October 2020: 06 / 13 / 20 / 27 

November 2020: 03/ 10 / 17 / 24

December 2020: 01/ 08 / 15/ 22 

January  2021:  05 / 12 / 19 / 26

February 2021: 02 / 09 / 16 / 23 

March 2021: 02 / 09 / 16 / 23 / 30

April 2021: 06 / 20 / 27

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT EXCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE ABOVE VALID FROM MAY 2020 – MARCH 2021:

  • Phnom Penh – Yangon (via Bangkok) – $ 330 USD per person

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS EXCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE ABOVE VALID FROM MAY 2020 – MARCH 2021:

  • KBZ Airline – $ 420 per person

    4x Domestic Flights in Myanmar: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon)

SURCHARGE: BALLOONING OVER BAGAN

  • $ 300 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in twin/double sharing rooms
  • Half board as mentioned as per itinerary (daily Breakfasts; 10 Lunches; 0 Dinners)
  • All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned car/minivan/bus as per itinerary and confirmed number of participants with mineral water and cold towels (2 bottles of 500ml water per person/day)
  • English Speaking Stationed Guide (Each city, different guide)
  • All tours and sightseeing’s with entrance fees as per program included
  • Boat trip as stated above sight
  • Local meals as per program
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • 10% service charges, 5% prevailing government tax

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International flights to Phnom Penh / Phnom Penh – Yangon / from Yangon
  • Separate mentioned for 4 x Domestic flights as follows: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon
  • Visa stamping fee to Cambodia, $30/entry 
  • Visa to Myanmar @ USD 50 per person, can be applied online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ 
  • Early check-in (before 14:00) and late check-out (after 12:00) charges by the hotel
  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Optional excursions and entrance fees and permit during free time
  • Additional transportation required due to any emergency situation
  • Individual expenses of guests not mentioned in the itinerary (laundry, minibar, extra food and beverages out of formed menus or not mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.)
  • Tip for guides & drivers, bellboys, boats, restaurants (suggested at USD 6/pax/day)  
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation of confirmed tours & packages are subjects to cancellation fee as follows:

  • Up to 31 days prior to arrival: no charge
  • From 30-22 days prior to arrival:   30 % of the total tour price
  • From 21-15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the tour price
  • From 14-8 days prior to arrival:  75 % of the tour price
  • No show & within 7 days prior to arrival:  100% charge

   

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT EXCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE ABOVE VALID FROM MAY 2020 – MARCH 2021:

  • Phnom Penh – Yangon (via Bangkok) – $ 330 USD per person

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS EXCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE ABOVE VALID FROM MAY 2020 – MARCH 2021:

  • KBZ Airline – $ 420 per person

    4x Domestic Flights in Myanmar: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon)

SURCHARGE: BALLOONING OVER BAGAN

  • $ 300 per person

INCLUSIONS:

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in twin/double sharing rooms
  • Half board as mentioned as per itinerary (daily Breakfasts; 10 Lunches; 0 Dinners)
  • All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned car/minivan/bus as per itinerary and confirmed number of participants with mineral water and cold towels (2 bottles of 500ml water per person/day)
  • English Speaking Stationed Guide (Each city, different guide)
  • All tours and sightseeing’s with entrance fees as per program included
  • Boat trip as stated above sight
  • Local meals as per program
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • 10% service charges, 5% prevailing government tax

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International flights to Phnom Penh / Phnom Penh – Yangon / from Yangon
  • Separate mentioned for 4 x Domestic flights as follows: Yangon – Heho / Heho – Mandalay / Mandalay – Bagan / Bagan – Yangon
  • Visa stamping fee to Cambodia, $30/entry 
  • Visa to Myanmar @ USD 50 per person, can be applied online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ 
  • Early check-in (before 14:00) and late check-out (after 12:00) charges by the hotel
  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Optional excursions and entrance fees and permit during free time
  • Additional transportation required due to any emergency situation
  • Individual expenses of guests not mentioned in the itinerary (laundry, minibar, extra food and beverages out of formed menus or not mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.)
  • Tip for guides & drivers, bellboys, boats, restaurants (suggested at USD 6/pax/day)  
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
  • Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation of confirmed tours & packages are subjects to cancellation fee as follows:

  • Up to 31 days prior to arrival: no charge
  • From 30-22 days prior to arrival:   30 % of the total tour price
  • From 21-15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the tour price
  • From 14-8 days prior to arrival:  75 % of the tour price
  • No show & within 7 days prior to arrival:  100% charge

ANGKOR HOLIDAY HOTEL 3*** | Siem Reap

Angkor Holiday Hotel conveniently & perfectly situated at the heart of Siem Reap’s Commercials & Businesses district, Angkor Holiday Hotel offers tremendously convenient access to banks, healthcare, restaurants, bars, cafes, convenience stores and shops.

http://www.angkorholidayhotel.com/

CARDAMOM HOTEL 3*** | Phnom Penh

Cardamom Hotel & Apartment is 1 km from Phnom Penh’s Central Market. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar. Guests can expect polite, helpful and friendly staff.

https://www.facebook.com/Cardamom-Hotel-Apartment-218631028566218/

BOTAHTAUNG HOTEL 3*** | Yangon

A newly build 3 star hotel offers modern and stylish rooms with smart features come along with safe box, minibar and vinyl floors. The suite rooms have a living area. The private bathroom is complete with shower and toiletries.

https://botahtaunghotel.com/

81 CENTRAL HOTEL 3*** | Nyaung Shwe

Located at Myo Lal Quarter, the heart of Nyaung Shwe, we offer a sophisticated blend of contemporary Burmese style, contemporary comfort and privileged services. Modern touches such as English-speaking staff, free breakfast and modern design are complimented by the timeless appeal of hospitality and cool breezes.

http://81hotel-inlay.com/

HOTEL YADANARBON 3*** | Mandalay

Hotel Yadanarbon is the perfect place to experience Mandalay and its surroundings. The hotel’s strategic and convenient location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest and to the city’s must-see destinations. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Other facilities at this hotel include a 24-hour Front Desk, Roof-top Restaurant, Swimming Pool and Free Wi-Fi access.

https://hotelyadanarbonmandalay.com/

HOTEL UMBRA 3*** | Bagan

Bagan Umbra Hotel (aka Golden Express Hotel) is located within 2 kilometres from the ancient capital of Myanamar: Old Bagan, one of the richest archeological sites in Asia from 10th to 13th century and Nyaung U Airport. From the hotel you can enjoy the landscape of the ancient town, almost attractions are just within 10 minutes drive so it’s very convenient and you can save time to explore the city. 

http://baganumbrahotel.com/

TARA ANGKOR HOTEL 4**** | Siem Reap

Tara Angkor Hotel is the 4-Star Luxury Hotel built in the mystical land of Angkor. Ideally and conveniently located, situated only 6 km from the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat Temples.
 

https://www.taraangkorhotel.com/

KRAVAN HOTEL 4**** | Phnom Penh

After one year opening in 2017 with iconic, stylish and sophisticated property , the Kravan Hotel creates excitingly individual hotel for individual minds. We got maximum satisfied feedbacks from every guests around the globe and most of them returned to stay with us again and again. We delight our travel savvy modern guests with a genuine, inviting ambiance at our Kravan Hotel in the Heart of Phnom Penh.

http://kravanhotel.com/

SUMMIT PARKVIEW HOTEL 4**** | Yangon

Experience the graciousness of Myanmar’s warm hospitality at Summit Parkview, situated near the “Heart” of Yangon, only walking distance to the Shwedagon Pagoda. 

https://summityangon.com/

AMATA INLE RESORT 4**** | Inle Lake

With panoramic views of the majestic mountains and the glistening waters of Inle Lake, the outdoor swimming pool welcomes you on the terrace of hotel’s garden lake front view. This open air terrace offers the ultimate privilege to escape from everyday life and enjoy a relaxing moment in a well-being and peaceful oasis in the heart of Inle Lake.

https://www.amatainleresort.com/

EASTERN PALACE HOTEL  4**** | Mandalay

astern Palace Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features an indoor pool and an ATM.

http://www.easternpalacehotels.com/

AREINDMAR HOTEL 4**** | Bagan

Areindmar Hotel is nestled among the temples of New Bagan, just south of the city walls of the ancient capital. Featuring 50 deluxe rooms around a large, leafy central courtyard, Areindmar is designed for travellers looking for an oasis of green to after exploring the wonders of this historic area.

http://areindmarhotel.com/

LOTUS BLANC HOTEL 5***** | Siem Reap

Beautified by the greenery of an 88-swaying coconut tree garden, Lotus Blanc Resort offers a blissful landscape of the ultimate relaxation for any traveler who’s looking for privacy and serenity to escape and unwind.

https://www.lotusblancresort.com/

PALACE GATE HOTEL & RESORT  5***** | Phnom Penh

Welcome to the Palace Gate Hotel & Resort, a new luxury hotel situated in the heart of the thriving and lively capital city of the Kingdom of Wonder. Only 11.5km from Phnom Penh International Airport, the hotel is located adjacent to the splendours of the Royal Palace and within a short walking distance of the bustling Riverside area of Sisowath Quay. Palace Gate Hotel & Resort offers you luxurious accommodation in perhaps the city’s most convenient location. 
 

https://palacegatepp.com/

CHATRIUM ROYAL LAKESIDE HOTEL 5***** | Yangon

Escape to Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon and enjoy a getaway like no other; experience spacious rooms with stunning views of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a holistic spa promising true rejuvenation, dining venues serving exotic culinary creations and stylish function spaces for all your event needs.

https://www.chatrium.com/chatrium/royallakeyangon

NOVOTEL INLE LAKE HOTEL 5***** | Nyaung Shwe

Treat yourself to tranquility at Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min hotel. Choose from an airy suite looking onto the resort’s lush gardens, or a spacious villa right on the water. The infinity pool invites you to soak up the views, and the sunset on the lake provides an unforgettable backdrop to your holidays or meetings at Novotel.

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9395-novotel-inle-lake-myat-min/index.shtml

MERCURE MANDALAY HILL RESORT 5***** | Mandalay

The 12-acre Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort is set at the foot of Mandalay Hill. It offers panoramic views of pagodas as well as the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Mandalay is a 1-hour flight from Yangon and 20-minute fl ight from Bagan. It is within close proximity to some of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the world.

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-A3M8-mercure-mandalay-hill-resort/index.shtml

THE HOTEL @ THARABAR GATE 4**** | Bagan

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is located in the most unique Archeological Site of South East Asia, Old Bagan; the Ancient capital of the Burmese Empire. Surrounded by hundreds of ancient temples and pagodas, you will be enchanted by its breathtaking views.

https://www.tharabargate.com/

Tourist Visa is required for Myanmar. You can process it online for an e-visa prior to travel. (Cost US$50)

Low Season (May–Sep)

The southwest monsoon starts mid-May and peaks from July to September. The dry zone between Mandalay and Pyay gets the least rain. Rain can make roads impassable anywhere (especially in the delta region).

Shoulder Season (Oct–Nov, Mar–Apr)

March to May Yangon often reaches 104ºF (40ºC). Areas around Bagan and Mandalay are hotter. Cooler in the hill towns of Shan State. All forms of transport booked solid during Thingyan in April.

High Season (Dec–Feb)

Rains least (if at all, in some places) and is not so hot. Book accommodation and transport well ahead for this busy travel season.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Ask before taking a photo; the Burmese can be very shy.
  2. Locals love a good smile, so make sure you return it as often as you can.
  3. Don’t point at things (ie. in a market place) with your foot. This is considered very disrespectful.
  4. Cover your head, shoulders and knees. when visiting religious sites. Visitors must also remove shoes and socks before entering temples.
  5. The people of Myanmar really appreciate it when tourists take part in their local traditions.

Simple Phrases:

Hello = Min ga la ba

Thank you= Je zu tin ba deh

Sorry= Sorry ba (There is no Burmese word for an apology)

Yes, Answer in the positive = Ho deh

I don’t understand = na ma le bu

Please wait = Kan na leh

It’s Ok, No Worries = Ya ba deh

It is good = Kaung deh