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Travel to Myanmar

As in the case of transport infrastructure, communication infrastructures in Burma are in full development. People are increasingly having access to mobile phone and the Internet, even though digital device is more important than in the surrounding countries. For new technology enthusiasts and those who cannot stop using emails during their Burma visit, here is the best Myanmar travel guide to useful communication and addresses in Burma.

Communication in Burma: Mobile and Internet

Telephone
Before going on some trips to Burma, make sure that your mobile phone is unlocked; you can use a local phone card. The three largest operators in the country are Telenor, Ooredoo and MPT. Ooredoo and Telenor have 4G coverage.
You will find SIM cards in Myanmar, running on a credit basis to charge for about 1.1USD. They are easy to buy in the small street stalls of Yangon and Mandalay, as well as at Yangon Airport and other major Myanmar tourist sites. To buy a SIM card, you need to have a photocopy of your passport, your Burma visa, as well as a passport photo.
It is increasingly possible to have access to your own network coverage from Burma. Be careful though: like any international communication, it may cost you a lot. In case of fixed telephone, there is very little development in Burmese. Telephone booths are easy to find on the street, and in general, each store has a telephone. It costs $0.07 per minute for a domestic call and about $5 per minute internationally.
The Internet in Myanmar
Wi-Fi in Burma is quite widespread, even in the most remote places; generally, almost all cafes and hotels provide this kind of service. However, the speed of connection is much slower than what you have been familiar with in your country. It costs 0.35USD per hour in an internet cafes on average.
The speed also varies according to the day. Before you travel to Burma, try to download an offline version of your mailbox if you have to work on your emails. There are no longer any restrictions on websites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Phone numbers and useful addresses. Here is a list of contacts in Burma that may be useful to you when staying in the country.
• Embassy of France in Burma
102 Pyidaungsu Yeikhta Rd, Dagon
Tel: 01 21 21 78
Www.ambafrance-mm.org

• Embassy of Burma in France
Address: 60, rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris
Tel: 01.56.88.15.90
Fax: 01.45.62.13.30
Email: me-paris@wanadoo.fr
• Burma Tourist Board
Maha Bandula Park St, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Tel: +95 67 406 061
• Police emergency number: 199
• Tourist police emergency number: 01378479/01379701
• Health service emergency number (Yangon): 019000716/098612421
• Health service emergency number (Nay Pyi Taw): 095363181/0931471550/0931471850/09428152844
• Emergency number of the health service (Mandalay Region): 0943100961/0274365
• Emergency number of the health service (Kachin State): 09491552925/07423501
Also remember to keep the contact details of a trusted person, your bank (in the event of theft or loss of your credit card for example) and your travel insurance.

Languages in Myanmar

The most widely spoken languages of Burma are Burmese and English. English is normally enough to cope with the most touristy places in the country. For the other places, it is necessary to disentangle yourself with great reinforcement of English, French and body language.
Sometimes you can meet a guide speaking a few words of French or English. Do not hesitate to inquire in the tourist places. For the others, well, the Burmese speak Burmese and, if there is, the local dialect (there are more than 100!).
As for place names, thanks to the colonial past and the diversity of Burma, most places have more than two names. Here are some examples of popular Burmese phrases:
• Hello → Min-ga-la-ba
• How are you? → Ne-kaun-there (Pronounce Ne-Kaoun-la)
• Fine, thanks → Ne-kaun-ba-deh (Pronounce Ne-kaoun-ba-de)
• Nice to meet you. Twé-ya-da wùn-tha-ba-deh (Pronounce Twé-ya-da wouéna-ba-dé)
• My name is Pierre (male) → Kya taw ka Pierre bar (Pronounce Tché tow ka Pierre ba)
• My name is Marie (female) → Kya ma ka Marie bar (Pronounce Tché ma ka Marie ba)
• You speak English? → ìng-guh-lay loh byāw da’-thuh-there? (Pronounce Ingulè loh byow té la)
• Thanks • cè-zù tin-ba-deh (Pronounce Tchè zou tin ba dé)
• Yes → Ho of
• No → Ma ho bu (Pronounce Ma ho bou)
• The addition → shin-meh
• How much does it cost? → beh-lau-leh
• Where are the toilets? → eain da bae ma lae? (Pronounce èn da bé ma lé)
• A bottle of water → yè tan (de boo)
• Tea → lae pae ye (Pronounce lè pè yé)

During your Burma tours, try not to be discouraged by the communication problems that may arise. With a determined effort and patience, you will get out of most situations, and have an unforgettable journey.

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Before leaving for your holiday, it is necessary for travelers to ask questions about health safety and sanitary conditions in Myanmar. By consulting various dedicated websites, some might feel overwhelmed by the information, or even by anxiety. However, some simple gestures can protect you from most of the illnesses in Burma. For the rest, a small first aid kit and one or two vaccines should be able to keep you safe from the health risks during your Burma trip.

Recommendations on immunization for Burma

If you have been to a country which is having yellow fever during 6 days prior to your arrival in Burma, you will be asked for a certificate of vaccination against this disease. Additionally, the World Health Organization recommends the following Myanmar travel vaccinations to make your Burmese experience successful:
For all travelers:
Of course, we advise you to be up to date in your current vaccines: DT Polio, BCG, ROR. Do not forget the repeating vaccines for adults!
For most travelers:
Burma food security standards is completely different from that of Europe. Thus, it is recommended to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and typhoid fever, both of which are transmitted by contaminated water and food. No matter where you are staying, these vaccinations for tourists before coming to Burma are the most necessary.
Immunizations and special medications:
Ask your doctor about the vaccinations in this section: they are to be done against specific diseases developing under specific conditions (climate or region for example).
• Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a disease that is transmitted through sexual intercourse, contaminated foods or blood transfusion. Vaccination is therefore recommended if you plan to have sex, have a tattoo, a piercing, or any medical intervention.
• Japanese Encephalitis: You will need vaccination against this disease if you are going to stay more than a month in Burma, especially rural areas or if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.
• Malaria: Malaria is still prevalent in some remote areas of Burma. You may need to bring necessary medication with you.
• Rabies: Rabies is transmitted by being bitten infected animals, such as dogs or rats. If you are thinking of spending a long time outdoors, or traveling for a long time to Burma, it would be necessary to inform your doctor.

Note: We advise you to start thinking about these vaccinations once you have purchased your airline tickets for two reasons. The first is that some of these vaccines may require multiple injections in advance. The second is that, since they are not compulsory vaccines, they are not reimbursed by social security. You may then want to spread out your expenses.

Various health recommendations for your trip to Burma

For a better preparation for a tour to Burma, we recommend you to find out more information before your departure.
The first recommendations is of course to subscribe to a travel insurance covering the costs of repatriation. Prepare a small first aid kit with dressings and medicines in your suitcase; Anti-nausea, anti-vomit, common pain relievers, intimate hygiene products are essential for women. In terms of documents, you may want to take with you a blood group card, a USB containing a copy of your health record, or even a letter in English stating any allergies or medical conditions not visible at first glance; this could save time and avoid unfortunate accidents in case of hospital stay.
Secondly, during your Burma trip, it will be easy to avoid problems with a few simple gestures:
• Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Even with vaccination, prevention remains the best protection. Drink only bottled water, and pay attention to the restaurants where you eat. Choose the same restaurants as the locals: in general, you will not risk anything.
• Watch for insect bites and dangerous animals. A number of diseases are transmitted by mosquito bites. Remember to carry anti-mosquito with you, and apply it often enough, especially when you are staying in rural areas. Furthermore, avoid getting close to animals because you may get risk of being bitten. Follow the advice of your guide if you are hiking since Burma is home to dangerous species, including snakes.
• Protect yourself from the sun and heat. It can get very hot and humid in Burma. Wear light and long-sleeved clothing, use sunscreen and hats, and remember to moisturize regularly.
• Pay attention to your personal safety. Whether in transportation or on the street, choose wisely. Pay attention to your belongings, do not show your money or valuables.

Healing in Burma

During your stay in Burma, you may need to seek treatment in Burma. Access to medical care is very difficult, and local hospitals should only be used for extreme emergencies. Do not hesitate to contact your embassy in case of problems. Western medical care is quite expensive; a basic consultation with a doctor in Yangon costs $50.
Avoid attending pharmacies in Burma: you are never safe from counterfeit medicines. At present, zika virus has made a breakthrough in Burma. If you are pregnant, maybe you should think about delaying your stay. Similarly, avoid traveling to areas where malaria is spreading: medicines for this disease are not effective for pregnant women. Consider bringing your own form of contraception with you; Pills or condoms are not easy to find in Burma.
Your Myanmar travel should go very smoothly if you follow some precautionary advice. In Burma more than elsewhere, prevention is better than cure.

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Since the opening of the country to tourism, Burma has established deliberate policies to facilitate the entry of foreign travelers into its territory. However, like any administrative procedure, it is necessary to be properly informed about the ins and outs of a Burma trip. So here is everything you need to know to prepare your stay at best: what are the particularities to consider before your departure, and the different types of visa for Burma available to you.

The peculiarities of a stay in Burma

11,000 km from Paris, Yangon is the main arrival airport of the French in Burma. Please note that there are no direct flights from Paris to Yangon; therefore, normally you have to transit in Bangkok before reaching Yangon. It takes about 13 hours to travel from Paris to Yangon by this way (including waiting time in Bangkok).
With the exception of one Italian company (Blue Panorama) and the German company Condor; Yangon airport is served by Asian airlines such as Singapore Airlines or Korean Air. Besides, Myanmar Airways International is the national airline. It is necessary to pay attention to the airlines you choose, especially Burmese ones because indeed, Burmese airlines are rated poorly, both by air authorities and by customers.
Before your departure, considering the small hotel capacity of the country, we advise you to book your Myanmar accommodation in advance, especially during high season.
Also note that holiday checks are not accepted in Burma and the use of bank cards is very uncommon.

Passport formalities and visas for Burma

Before flying to Burma and starting your holiday, make sure that your passport will still be valid for at least six months after your departure from Myanmar.
It is quite easy to get a visa for Burma. There are two ways to get a tourist visa Burma. Be careful, in any case, you must apply for a visa before arriving in Burma; this country does not allow any visa exemptions except for ASEAN countries.

Go to the Embassy of Burma in Paris

The Embassy of Burma in Paris issues tourist visas which is valid for 28 days. To apply for a visa, you have to submit the following documents: your passport (valid 6 months after the supposed end of your trip), the application form, two passport photos, a travel certificate with a list of addresses of the hotels in which you will stay, a proof of the flights return and a settlement for the visa (50 euros).
If you do not wish or cannot return to Paris to take your visa, you can bring with you a pre-stamped letter.

Visa for Myanmar on arrival

Since 2014, it is possible to make a preliminary request online on the website of the Burmese government: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/. At the time of application, you will be asked for a certain amount of information, such as passport number, personal information and a photo. You will also be asked to make an online payment, about 47 € then wait ten days to process your file. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email, which you will only need to present to obtain your visa on arrival for Myanmar.
This visa procedure on arrival for Burma is currently only valid for entry at Myanmar’s three main international airports: Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw. Since last September, you can also use this procedure at three land entry points with Thailand (Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung).
For family travel, please note that each child over 7 mentioned on the parents’ passport must have an individual visa. It is also recommended that you should take with you a copy of the family booklet.

When preparing your trip, the visa for Burma will be the most important administrative formality to perform. However, it is less complicated than it seems to deal with it.

 

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Burma, a beautiful country in Southeast Asia, is a wonderful place to discover for its indigenous culture, architecture and population. The best time to go on a Burma trip is from November to February after the monsoon but before the big heat when travelers are seduced by good sunshine and cool temperatures.

Myanmar weather

For a great experience in this beautiful country, travelers need to have knowledge about the Myanmar weather and climate. Burma has tropical monsoon climate with three major seasons characterized by monsoon and high humidity in the south and a warm and dry climate in the center of the country.
From June to October is the monsoon season with heavy rains especially in July and August. There may be some typhoons or storms from the eastern sea at this time. On the other hand, the center of the country is drier.
From November to February: this season is characterized by the absence of rain, the beautiful sun and a pleasant temperature. It is the best time to travel to Burma and contemplate its wonderful landscapes.
– March to May is intensely hot in most of the country, especially from Bagan to Mandalay. In addition, there are fewer tourists and hotels are significantly cheaper.

Travel to Burma

Burma has a long and fascinating history that constitutes several cultural and architectural works as well as famous historical places. This country attracts many foreign tourists by its extraordinary beauty and calm.
The trip to Myanmar would be incomplete without a visit to Bagan, the first capital of the Burmese Empire, one of the most important and impressive Buddhist archaeological sites. You can contemplate more than 2000 ancient Myanmar pagoda in the immense space of 40 km2 with tremendous landscapes of forest and mountain … Come and get struck by the Bagan sunset on the terrace of the temples – an incredible landscape of nature. Bagan gives you memories, unforgettable experiences thanks to the majestic beauty of nature, tranquility and the thousands of temples.
Then you can take a journey through Burmese history and culture in Yangon. Situated on the Yangon River and the Andaman Sea, this city is an important destination for any trip to Myanmar. In this city there are pagodas, mosques, churches … Travelers will find many historical sites, museums, markets, the park … Notably many temples and statues are covered with gold leaf.
One of the most highly recommended activities in Mandalay is the observation of the gold drummers in the leaf factories. The Mahamuni Pagoda is home to one of the most important Buddhas in Burma.
You can taste the traditional dishes with the original spices. Do not forget to buy handmade products (such as silks, lacquers, cigars, jewelry …) that are legion in this country where the craft still makes the majority of the Burmese live. The people are welcoming; it is very unlikely that you will experience any discomfort from the Burmese during your trip. Open and benevolent, they try to help you as much as they can without asking for a counterpart despite the obvious difference in wealth. The increase in the number of tourists encourages the street vendors to solicit you but a simple smile of refusal will be enough to stop them.
Myanmar will be an interesting destination for people who have strong wanderlust. A Myanmar travel will give you excellent memories. Choose the best time that suits your need and prepare your luggage for the discovery trip.

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