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Myanmar: All you need to know about travelling to this Asian country

Myanmar: The Basics

Population: Statistics vary but around 50 million
Capital: Naypyidaw
Currency: Kyat
Language: Burmese
Religion: Approximately 89% of the population is Buddhist. Hinduism is practiced mainly by Burmese Indians.
Emergency numbers: 192 (ambulance), 199 (police), 192 (fire)


Visa, Please

Who needs one?
All visitors to Myanmar must obtain visas. In September 2010, the Burmese government suspended its visa on arrival program after only four months. A tourist visa is $35 and allows a stay of up to 28 days. Writers, journalists, editors, film producers and photographers may have trouble obtaining a visa. Stating these occupations on your application may result in your visa being declined. For information visit

Health Hints

  • Myanmar has quite a few nasty snakes, including cobras, kraits and the Russell’s Viper, one of Asia’a deadliest snakes. Wear the right footwear and keep an eye out for critters at all times.
  • Dengue and malaria are a problem in Myanmar, so be sure to take adequate precautions against both of them.

Learn the Lingo

Good Morning: Mingalar ba
Thank you: Kyei zu tin ba de
How much is this? Bel lau lel
I am hungry: Hsa bi
I’ll be back soon: Makya gin pyan la me

Hot Spots
Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Kyaitko, Moulmein

Itinerary Ideas

  • “The Big Four”: Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Inle Lake
  • South: Yangon – Kyaikto – Moulmein

Time and Dates

Flying time
3 hours

Time difference from Hong Kong 
1.5 hours behind

When to go
The monsoon season lasts from May to October; thereafter temperatures cool a bit from November to February before heating back up between March to April. The climate in the higher altitudes of northern Myanmar is temperate throughout the year, but is humid in lower Myanmar along the coastlines and around the delta region, which includes Yangon.

Key dates
13-16 April – Thingyan. Celebrating the Myanmar New Year, this festival lasts for several days and features lots of good-natured water throwing.

21 October – Full Moon of Thadingyut, The end of Buddhist Lent features three days of festivities, with houses and streets illuminated and decorated.