Yangon from Myanmar
One of the best places to visit in Asia is Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Nature lovers will appreciate the city’s stunning lakes, shady parks and verdant tropical trees. These are the reasons why it is dubbed ‘The Garden City of the East’.
However, Yangon has more to offer than impressive scenery. This city is a melting pot—a diversity of cultures and communities in terms of people, settlement and religions. Because it serves as the country’s main entrance and seaport, it is also the country’s centre of business.
Myanmar’s culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism. Like neighbouring Thailand, Theravada Buddhism is the single largest religion, and even some of the most remote villages will have a village temple for people to pray. Other religions which exist in smaller numbers include Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
Myanmar is considered to have three seasons. The hot season is usually from March-April, and temperatures then cool off during the rainy season from May-October. The peak tourism season is the cool season from November-February.
In general, most foreign nationals require an advance visa to enter Myanmar. Citizens of Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand (only via the international airports) are permitted to enter without a visa for a period not longer than 14 days.
A tourist visa is valid for (3) months from the date of issue. The duration of your stay in Myanmar is 28 days from the date of arrival. It is not extendable. Successful applicants will also be issued an “Arrival Form”, which will be stapled into your passport and must be presented on arrival in Myanmar, along with your passport containing the visa sticker. Ensure that the visa sticker, and arrival form have both been signed by the immigration officer before leaving the Embassy. Note that you will still have to fill in the usual customs and immigration forms on your flight into the country.
If you can not find an Embassy near you, you can still apply for an approval letter. No trip to Embassy is required. Simply upload your photo and a scanned copy of your passport to get the approval letter. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has made a special arrangement with Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow the approval letter to be applied online. The process may take up to two weeks. You must enter Myanmar through international airports and not through the border. The visa sticker will be placed into your passport on arrival.
An e-Visa service is, as of September 1, 2014, available to citizens of over 100 countries. The only type of visa issued through the e-Visa service, however, is a single-entry tourist visa for US$50 or business visa for $70, both valid for entry during the 90 days after issuance, and permits a 28 days (tourist visa), 70 days (business visa) stay in Myanmar. The e-Visa permits admission through the following airports:
- Yangon International Airport
- Mandalay International Airport
- Nay Pyi Taw International Aiport
Note that if you received the e-Visa, you will NOT receive a visa sticker in your passport upon arrival, just the regular entry/exit stamps. Do not line up to the “visa on arrival” counter at the airport, proceed straight to the immigration.
Get Around ?
Taxis and buses are the preferred means of visitors. Remember to negotiate the price, because you can also be hacked as a play. Especially when the driver knows you are a tourist. If you choose the bus then definitely have to take a closer look at the map, ask the station stop, do not let down the wrong place.
Official currency in Myanmar is Kyat but still using USD, there are a number of tricks and scams running around Myanmar trapping tourists who are carrying US dollars. Always inspect all notes when making a purchase and request that the vendor swap any notes you think you will have trouble using later.
Outside of Myanmar, your kyat is almost worthless but do make nice souvenirs. Make sure to exchange your kyat back to US dollars before you leave the country. Rates at the airport are surprisingly good for switching kyat back to USD, SGD, or EUR.
There are many different attractions to see and experience in Yangon. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find many places of interest which will keep them busy for many days.
These include places of a spiritual nature, green parks and gardens, and museums that provide an insight into the rich history and culture of Myanmar. Such as Aung San Suu Kyi’s House, Botahtaung Pagoda, Taukkyan War Memorial, etc…
Where To Stay ?
Check out our listings of hotels in Yangon and find the right accommodation for you: whether it is for business, family or just plain fun, you’re sure to find the right place to stay. Such as Parkroyal Yangon Hotel, Novotel Yangon Max, The Strand Hotel, Savoy Hotel Yangon, Lotte Hotel Yangon, Jasmine Palace Hotel
Yangon Eating ?
We would like to recommend these food you should try at Yangon such as Kauknyintok, Bein Mont, Dosa, Samosa, Koh Puo …