As it emerges from isolation, the nation of Myanmar is caught between repression and reform. Formerly Burma, Myanmar’s relations with Indonesia date back to the 14th Century. The country is home to more than 100 different ethnic groups meaning exploring this incredible country can feel like you have stepped right into a National Geographic edition.
The country has a number of attractions that should not be missed when visiting. Mount Kyaiktiyo, also known as the golden rock is an incredible sight. This huge boulder perched on the side of the mountain is topped with a stupa and is the place of chanting, candle light and meditation in the pilgrimage season. Another sight that will send you into stupor is Bagar. Bagar is an entire town filled with temples, encompassing a 26 square mile area. Some temples such as the Ananda Pahto, the Shammayangyi Pahto and the Shwesandaw Paya are an incredible sight.
Myanmar offers pristine and untouched dive sites and with over 800 islands covering some 12,000 square kilometres its isolation makes it one of the worlds true frontier diving destinations. The Burmese government have recently opened up the Mergui Archipelago to outside visitors and it is now rapidly becoming one of the premier places on the planet to go diving. With a rich and diverse marine ecosystem untouched by tourism and left in isolation for many years it can offer some amazing surprises. Sharks, mantas and big pelagics coupled with stunning visibility are all common here.
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Australian passport holders require at least six months validity beyond your intended stay, require a tourist visa for stays up to 28 days. Passports must be applied for at least 4 weeks prior to departure. A Myanmar single entry tourist visa costs $35 per person. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
The Burmese Kyat (MMK) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar buys approximately 780 MMK.
Burmese is the national language. There are approx. 100 other local languages spoken and English is taught but not widely spoken.
230 volts and uses either the European or UK plug type, depending where you are. It is recommended to take a European adaptor and a UK adaptor.
Cool, light and loose cotton clothing is recommended for this very hot and humid climate. Warmer clothes are required for cool nights. Dressing modestly is recommended.
Temperatures in Myanmar range from mid 20’c to low 30’c. Climate is hot and humid. Wet season is May to Sept and Myanmar experiences Monsoons. Dry season is Oct – Apr.
$10 US per person.
Tipping is appreciated in Myanmar. 5% on meals, 50c – $1 US tip for porters, tour guides approx. $5 – $10 US per day depending on service.