How to Successfully Travel to Myanmar for Holiday
Tourism is relatively new in Myanmar and this means that getting around might be tricky. If you are an independent traveler, you will find that communication and understanding the locals can be a challenge. If you are planning to travel independently, you need to organize for a tour guide that is going to help you translate and give you insight on the places to visit. Before traveling to Myanmar, you need to make sure that you pack lightweight pants as well as long skirts. Myanmar is hot and steamy and this is why you need lightweight clothing which will help with the sun as well as the mosquitoes. The popular religion is Buddhism and this means that people cover up and it will be respectful if you do so too.
One thing you will enjoy about Myanmar is that the tourist visas are speedy to process. You will only need $50 for 28 days and the application can be approved in a matter of days. When arriving and leaving Myanmar, you must never forget to carry the printout of the acceptance letter. The internet access in Myanmar is very poor and this is worth noting. For the people that love posting to the social media, you will have to be patient with the slow internet. If you are into clubbing and partying, Myanmar will offer you other things apart from this.
Myanmar offers night markets and rich local culture which you will enjoy when there. You will find many knockoffs in the market because Myanmar is famous for its precious stones and you ought to be careful. If you are interested in buying the gems, you need to ask for a receipt. If you buy these gems from the dealers that are licensed, you are going to get certificates and these will be checked when you are leaving the country. The national language of Myanmar is Burmese and there are more than 80 dialects spoken. Learning a few local phrases will help you get around.
The local currency is known as kyat and you can exchange your currency for it. If the currency you have is not in pristine condition, you will not be able to easily exchange it. If you can be able to change the currency you have into kyat at the airport, you will have an easier time. Credit cards will be allowed in some places but you should get a backup plan if possible. It is worth noting that they will not allow you to use traveler’s checks in Myanmar. You do not have to tip the locals but it is usually highly appreciated if you do. It is good to tip though if you find people giving you exemplary service.