Knowing some tips and travel guides is one of important factors deciding you will have an enjoyable and safe trip or not. Therefore, in this article, we want to share several useful travel tips with those who have Myanmar on your bucket list.
Time to visit
When is the best time to visit Myanmar? That is probably is the most question of many travelers before coming to this country.
Myanmar has three main seasons: autumn, rainy season and dry season. From November to February, the weather is cool and there is little or no rain so it can be said this period is the peak-season in Myanmar. It also means that if you travel at that time, you have to pay all costs more expensive than traveling in other season.
Airline: In Myanmar, the best way to travel between cities is airplane in which Myanmar Airways is the most famous airline specializing in providing domestic flights. Some popular airports in Myanmar are: Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport, Myitkyina Airport, Thandwe Airport, Putao Airport and Heho Airport.
Pickup trucks: Since 2009, Burmese government has banned locals from riding motorbikes in the inner city so the main mean of transportation in here is the pickup truck. They are always crowded and uncomfortable and only convenient for short distances.
Coach: There are two companies you can choose for your trip: JJ Express and Elite Express. If you want to travel in long distances but not to pay lots of money, the coaches are the best choice in Myanmar.
Taxi: From Yangon Airport, you can see many taxis parked on the roadside to pick up the passengers. Remember to negotiate the price first.
The price of accommodation in Myanmar is often higher than other countries in Southeast Asia. In order to book a cheap room, you can take a walk around to find hotels and bargain the price. Another way is booking hotels via the famous online booking sites such as Agoda or Booking.com which is very quik and convenient.
Some hotels and resort with reasonable price you can refer:
- Inle Lake area: Inle Princess Resort, Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort, Paramount Inle Resort
- Yangon: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon, Inya Lake Hotel, Savoy hotel
- Bagan: Blue Bird Hotel, Zfreeti Hotel, Bagan Thande Hotel
Where to visit
Traveling to Myanmar, you should not miss the well-known sites such as the old temples in Old Bagan, Inle Lake, Golden Rock or the longest teak bridge in the world – Ubein in Mandalay.
Famous attractions in Yangon:
- Shwedagon Pagoda: is one of the largest and most magnificent pagodas in Mynamar
- Sule Pagoda: the second most beautiful temple in Yangon after Shwedagon
- Bogyoke Market: features many stalls selling souvenirs, food and drink
Bagan: has three main areas are Old Bagan, New Bagan and Nyang U. You also can visit Popa Mountain.
Mandalay: The attractions should not be missed in Mandalay include Ubein Bridge, Inwa village, Mingun village and Mandalay Royal Palace.
Inle Lake: take boat tour on Inle Lake and explore Nyang Shwe.
What to eat
Tea leaf salad: fermented tea leaves are specialty of Burmese cuisine, also known as Lahpet Thoke or tea leaf salad. You can enjoy this dish at any special occasion and daily meals of Burmese.
Shan rice: Shan people often use soy sauce for cooking instead of using oil and fish sauce. Shan rice eaten with fish is a typical dish of Shan cuisine. With the unique taste, Shan rice is a perfect choice for visitors traveling Myanmar.
Burmese curry: Curry is not a dish originated from Myanmar however, with the creativity of Burmese people, this dish also brings the unique flavors of Myanmar. Curry still is the main ingredient but can be served with pork, lamb or seafood and some vegetables.
Mohingar fish noodle: is the most popular dish for breakfast in Myanmar
Shan noodles and tofu: Besides Shan rice, Shan people are also famous for their delicious Shan noodles tofu. Tofu is made from yellow lentils and green beans instead of fermented soybeans.