Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide

 

While Myanmar (also known as Burma) may not be as popular as its South East Asian neighbors due to years of political-military turmoil, it has as much to offer it not more than other counties in the region.

The most popular destinations in Myanmar are without a doubt Bagan, Inle Lake, Yangon, and Mandalay as well as pristine beaches around the country.

Though the visa is not the cheapest out there at $50 (USD), it is extremely easy to get online.

Myanmar is a very diverse country with landscapes of all kinds where you can be treated with:

  • Beautiful mountainous sceneries
  • Dreamy crystal-clear water beaches
  • Large plains with rice fields

Cost of traveling in Myanmar

Travelling in Myanmar is very affordable, contrary to what a lot of people had told me. People seemed to think that Myanmar was more expensive than Laos or Thailand for some reason, but lucky for you, I found this to be completely untrue!
Maybe this is because the tourist infrastructure is not as developed as in other countries, and therefore tourists feel the need to go to more ‘established’ places rather than the noodle lady down the street?

 

Culture in Myanmar

Myanmar is surprisingly untouched culturally, I’ve been living in Asia for about 6 years now, and Myanmar is probably the country where people wear traditional clothes the most.
Everywhere you go, you will see people wearing Longyis with Thanaka applied on their face. 2017 materialistic culture mixed with traditional clothing makes for funny pictures sometimes: Imagine an iPhone and a wallet tightly tucked inside the Longyi while people are driving their motorbike.

 

Motorbike and roads in Myanmar

If you are a motorbike enthusiast, you will absolutely love Myanmar. We rented a motorbike in Mandalay and made our way down to Inle through the mountainous Shan state, and the road was in excellent condition with an absolutely breathtaking scenery. Honestly some of the most beautiful roads we’ve had the privilege to ride in South East Asia.
Traffic tends to be a little chaotic in the city, where honking to announce yourself is customary, but you get the gist of it pretty quickly.

 

Restricted areas in Myanmar

Some areas in Myanmar require you to apply for a special permit to visit though the country has been opened to tourism for a while now. The government keeps a list of restricted areas updated on their website.

Not all hotels in Myanmar are allowed to welcome foreigners as they need a special permit. No need to worry though, the main travel booking websites like Booking or Agoda have a wide selection of accommodation for you to choose from where you won’t have any problem. We always booked hotels last minute, and even in less visited cities such as Meiktila and Pyin Oo Lwin we were able to find accommodation in a jiffy.
Little tip also true for any hotel booking in south-east Asia: Most hotels will appear as not available only, simply because the owners forgot to update their availability. Do a quick google search, phone them up, and you’ll find that more often than not, they have avaiilable rooms !

If you come to South East Asia, we definitely recommend visiting Myanmar before it becomes spoiled by the growing tourism industry.

At the time this was written in 2017, the atmosphere is still really relaxed, even in the most touristic places: you won’t get harassed by street vendors to buy a suit or hitch a tuk-tuk ride.

 

The second biggest city in Myanmar is home to more than 1 Million people. Not as busy and congested as the big Yangon down south, Mandalay is still a dynamic city in current evolution. Located in Upper Myanmar, the city is a symbol of Burmese culture and is definitely on every tourist itinerary.

One Day itinerary in Mandalay

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From Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin on scooter

We woke up ready for Day 1 of our Myanmar Motorbike Adventure despite a light hangover from that night of beers and shisha at Mandalay's Gastro Rock Pub. After a quick shower and having the hotel's included breakfast, it was time to strap our luggage on our bikes for...

Where to rent a motorbike in Mandalay ?

Mandalay has a handful of companies renting motorbikes. After googling and reading about these shops we decided to get in touch with Mandalay Motorbike Rental And Tours. The company is run…

Mandalay Sights 3

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Interested in mandalay ?

Magnificient may be the correct word to describe Inle Lake. The 115 squares kilometers lake is life for all communities around and there are even villages built on it! Being a witness of the population daily life and visiting some impressive temples won’t disappoint any visitor.

One Day itinerary in Mandalay

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From Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin on scooter

We woke up ready for Day 1 of our Myanmar Motorbike Adventure despite a light hangover from that night of beers and shisha at Mandalay's Gastro Rock Pub. After a quick shower and having the hotel's included breakfast, it was time to strap our luggage on our bikes for...

Where to rent a motorbike in Mandalay ?

Mandalay has a handful of companies renting motorbikes. After googling and reading about these shops we decided to get in touch with Mandalay Motorbike Rental And Tours. The company is run…

Mandalay Sights 3

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Interested in Inle Lake ?

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From Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin on scooter

We woke up ready for Day 1 of our Myanmar Motorbike Adventure despite a light hangover from that night of beers and shisha at Mandalay's Gastro Rock Pub. After a quick shower and having the hotel's included breakfast, it was time to strap our luggage on our bikes for...

Where to rent a motorbike in Mandalay ?

Mandalay has a handful of companies renting motorbikes. After googling and reading about these shops we decided to get in touch with Mandalay Motorbike Rental And Tours. The company is run…

Mandalay Sights 3

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Interested in Bagan ?