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Myanmar Top Tips

We’ve pulled together and answered some of our guests’ most popular questions. Here you’ll find everything you need to know...

Travel Tips for Bagan

Q - When is the best time to go?

A - There is no bad time to visit Bagan, it stays mostly dry even through the wet season. However, for those beautiful blue skies and a milder temperature to explore the area, it is recommended to visit between November to March. This is also when you will be able to see the famous Balloons at sunrise.

 

Q - How far is it from Bagan to Inle lake?

A - It is approximately 350km from Bagan to Inle Lake.

There is a bus, it takes 8-10 hours (you can never account for breakdowns!). You can also fly which takes about 40 minutes. Please note the airport for Inle Lake is Heho and for Bagan is Nyaung U.

 

Q - Which is better Bagan or Mandalay?

A - They are both very different, but if you have to choose one, I would go for Bagan every time.

 

Q - What to wear in Bagan?
A - You are visiting places of religious importance and should respect the locals by dressing appropriately. There is a dress code to enter the temples and pagodas, no shoes must be worn and shoulders and knees should be covered.

 

Q - Why visit Bagan?

A - Because it is one of the most amazing sites you will ever see, no other place compares or comes close to the view of thousands of pagodas and temples that stretch as far as the eye can see. It is simply magical.

Here you will find recent news articles from different media sources, both locally based newsoutlets and international ones.

Recent News:

Don't Wait To Visit Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi Urges Travellers

Myanmar Guardian's view on The

Local News Outlets - go to these sites for all kinds of insight to Myanmar news and happenings:

www.frontiermyanmar.net

http://www.irrawaddy.com

http://www.mmtimes.com

Tips for Visiting Myanmar:

The NLD (National League for Democracy) led by the famous Aung San Suu Kyi came to power during the historic general election of November 2015.. Myanmar is embracing change in a very exciting way. There are rapid changes and information is changing all the time. We hope the info below will help: 

Accommodation

The huge amount of people coming to visit since sanctions were lifted in 2012 has stretched Myanmar’s tourist infrastructure to the limit. There is a shortage of hotel rooms in major destinations such as Inle Lake, Yangon and Bagan, though many new hotels are being built. Accommodation in Yangon can easily fill up as far as a month in advance, particularly if it is a popularly ranked place. It is very difficult to just ‘show up’. Thahara has selected a special group of unique boutique places around the country. Please contact us if you have any questions whatsoever. Remember that it is essential to book ahead for the high season (November to March).

Money

Myanmar is no longer as cheap a destination as it once was, so adjust accordingly. In particular, prices for even basic accommodation have risen dramatically. In tourist hotspots like Bagan, you can pay US$35 to US$40 for a dingy, no-frills room. Thahara has selected a few special places around Inle Lake to cater to all travellers, check out our 4 hotspots with budget, medium and luxury prices.

Over the last few years, ATMs that take international cards have started appearing throughout Myanmar, meaning that travellers no longer have to carry bundles of cash around with them. You can find ATMs even in relatively remote destinations like Hpa-An and Mrauk U. We have found that KBZ Bank has the most reliable ATMs – they accept both Visa and Mastercard, and charge a fee of 5000 kyat (around US$4) per transaction. It’s now also possible to receive international cash transfers via Western Union. It is still worth bringing some US dollars with you and changing some for local kyat in case if you’re stranded without access to an ATM or, which sometimes happens, the ATMs are not working! Don’t forget to tell your bank that you are going away! When bringing foreign currency, specifically USD it is important to note that crumpled or torn bills are often not accepted so it is advisable to bring crisp bills. You will often get a slightly better exchange rate if you exchange larger bills for example $100 bills will get you the best exchange rates.

Credit cards are accepted mostly only in top-end hotels. Some travel agents in Yangon and Mandalay also take them, usually charging a small fee, for purchasing flights.

In places open to foreigners, Myanmar is very safe, with very little crime. Still, you should take the usual precautions of using hotel lockers or safes for your valuables. 

No-go zones

Some parts of the country remain closed to foreigners due to on going conflict between the government and various ethnic armies clustered in eastern and northern Myanmar. These areas are mostly in Kachin and Shan States, close to the frontiers with China and Thailand, and far from the major tourist destinations. Although some countries – including the UK and Australia – still advise against travel to Rakhine state in western Myanmar (following sectarian violence in 2012) Mrauk U is now seeing increasing numbers of tourists.

Accurate information on conflicts and closed areas can be difficult to come by. Check your government’s advice prior to travel, and ask about the situation once you are in Myanmar.

Getting Around

Unless you fly, all travel in Myanmar takes time (it's a nine-hour bus trip from Yangon to Mandalay, for example). Buses are almost always faster than the trains, but bus rides are bumpy – you might consider taking tablets for motion sickness. Boats are also an option for some routes; the Mandalay–Bagan service is popular among travellers.

Yangon International Airport is the main hub for domestic flights, and there are a number of services linking the main centers of the country. Local airlines include Air Bagan and Myanmar National Airlines. Organising travel as a foreigner can be difficult and complicated, as many people in Myanmar do not speak English. To make your life easier and your holiday more enjoyable Thahara can help you book all your domestic flights. And no worries regarding car rental (with driver) as we can book this for you as well. 

In most cities in Myanmar taxi is the best mode of transport. Taxis are generally cheap and easy to find, you of course can and should try to barter the price down. It is good practice in general to establish the price of the ride before you set off. Take care not leave anything in taxis, as you most likely won’t see it again!

Etiquette tips

    •    Myanmar is emerging from decades of isolation, and as such it is more conservative than nearby countries. Many people still wear traditional dress – the longyifor men, the htamein for women, both sarong-like garments. You rarely see anyone expose their knees or shoulders, and you will make everyone more comfortable if you follow suit.

    •    Though people are more open than in the past when discussing politics, some guardedness remains; do not instigate political conversations.

    •    Money is handed over and received with the right hand, while the left hand loosely supports the right arm.

    •    Never use your feet to point at a person or thing.

    •    When entering pagodas and monasteries it is important to be respectful and follow instructions provided, for example taking off ones shoes when entering. It is also advisable when entering religious place to be properly dressed, i.e. covered shoulders and knees.

    •     A kissing sound if often made to attract the attention of people, usually a waiter.

    •     There is no uniform rule for tipping and it is better to evaluate on a case-by-case basis. Many restaurants will include a service charge, usually around 10% but some restaurants do not, in this case it may be nice to leave a tip. It is not uncommon for people to refuse tips as well. Some restaurant owners may not want you to tip staff while others may encourage it. Confusing we know! This is why we recommend evaluating it on a case-by-case basis.

    •    A smile always goes a long way, as does knowing a few words in Burmese.

Safety and Health:

It is always advisable to check with your doctor about vaccines and anti-malarial advice prior to travelling to Myanmar. If you have recently travelled to a country with Yellow Fever, then you may be asked for proof of Yellow Fever vaccination to be granted entry to the country.

Medical care in Myanmar is often not up to the standards of many countries and can be expensive. We therefore strongly advice that anyone traveling to Myanmar purchases travel and health insurance. While in Yangon and Mandalay emergency medical care is available, outside these two cities medical care is harder to come by. For more serious emergencies, which are rare, sometimes a visit to Bangkok is necessary so make sure you health provider covers this.

It is generally not advisable to drink the tap water in Myanmar. Showering and brushing your teeth with water though is usually fine and problems with this are rare. We recommend drinking bottled water and staying away from ice in drinks outside of nicer establishments.

For the best and most up to date information on safety and health, we recommend that you check your countries travel advice for Myanmar.

Communication:

Only a few years ago it was highly unlikely that foreign phones would work in Myanmar, but this is no longer the case. Many service providers now offer roaming in Myanmar but roaming charges are often very high. Until recently a Sim card could cost upwards of $1000 dollars, thanks to the rapid development of the country since the lifting of sanctions in 2012 you can now pick up a Sim card for around $1-$2 (what an exciting time to come visit!). Getting a local Sim is cheap and easy and is probably the best way to make use of your phone in Myanmar. Data and minutes are easily purchased at many kiosks and shops all over the country, prices do fluctuate but it costs around $10 for 2GB of data. There are three main telecommunications providers, Ooredoo is a Qatari based provider, Telenor is a Norwegian based provider and MPT is a state owned Telecommunications Company. In cities such as Yangon and Mandalay signal is generally good. Telecommunication companies are rapidly expanding their services to all corners of Myanmar, in more remote place signal might be harder to come by but this is constantly changing.

Most hotels now offer Wi-Fi or have Internet capabilities. Myanmar is still in the early stages of development so Internet is often slow, and sometimes does cut out; in more remote places Internet is harder to come by. In most cities and larger towns there are Internet cafes but realistically most hotels now have Wi-Fi.   

Frontier is Myanmar’s most read English language newspaper that has a variety of pieces concerning both domestic stories and international stories too. It is also possible to obtain foreign newspapers and magazines with many top end hotels supplying them for free.

Tips for what to do in Myanmar:

There is so much to do and see in Myanmar that it can often feel overwhelming trying to decide what to see and trying to organise transport and guides can often be a headache, don’t worry that’s what we are here for. Check out some of Thahara’s ‘experiences’ for the easiest, best and most intimate ways of exploring all that Myanmar has to offer. With local experts and once in a lifetime experiences, we can make your time in Myanmar unforgettable.

Myanmar is a booming country with new restaurants and bars opening by the minute. For more information on what’s happening in Yangon and other cities check out some of the following websites who provide information on new restaurants, bars, museums and much more:

Food:

Myanmar’s cuisine is a wonderfully diverse affair with influence coming from China, India and Thailand just to name a few. Different regions mean different specialities all of which bring a unique Myanmar twist, to bring some truly wonderful and unique dishes to your table. For those real foodies why not try out cooking yourself, check out our cooking experience with one of our master chefs.

It can often be difficult to know what to choose, as menus can sometimes be large and a seemingly impossible task to choose a dish. To help you out here is a list of all of Thahara’s favourite foods. Why not try some of them out:

Shan Noodles or Shan Kaun Swe-  A famous dish from Shan state which is noodle based with a deliciously rich peanut sauce with freshly prepared vegetables thrown into the mix. A staple at the office, see it being prepared here:

Tamin Jaw: Fried rice that can be served with vegetables or meat of your choosing.

To answer your question. YES, one needs a visa to come to Myanmar and both tourist visas and business visa can now be obtained online, via the Myanmar government. You will need a few things and note that below is the official link.

Nationals of the following 7 countries and jurisdictions do not require a visa to enter Myanmar for visits up to 14 days:

 

For a comprehensive list please click below.

For a 28 day tourist visa:

  1. Your passport validity must have at least (6) months - CHECK THIS - they can send you back home if it doesn't! 
  2. You have to upload one COLOR PHOTO (4.8 cm X 3.8 cm) taken during the last (3) months.
  3. Visa, Master, American Express or JCB credit card for the payment of USD 50.00.

EVISA info and application

Here are 5 phrases you can try and below is a link to a YouTube video to practice learning them...we do recommend checking out the video to get the pronunciation right! 

 

  1. So Cute = HKYAC CA. YA LE
  2. It's Yummy = CA: LUI. KAUNG: LUIK TA
  3. Any Discount? = HRAU. BHA WUM:
  4. My Muscles Are Tired = NYAUNG: LUIK TA
  5. YES (polite version) = HUT and when you address friends or someone younger you can say "IANG"

learn to pronounce the 5 phrases on YouTube:

5 Burmese Phrases

Want to learn more about Burmese scripts?

Burmese scripts

And finally below is a link to a longer list of phrases/words to learn: 

Burmese Phrases

Some more useful phrases:

Mingalaba = Hello/ Greetings (Min-ga-la-ba)

Che zu tin ba deh = Thank you, Often shortened to Che zu ba.

Shaw ba oun la = Could you reduce it (Price)? Useful for when bartering with Taxi drivers and shop owners.

Saq tha la = Is it spicy?

Di hma ein tha shi la = Is there a toilet here? The ‘ein’ is pronounced like in vein.

Ingaleiq saga pyaw ta tha la= Can you speak English?

Na ma leh ba bu, sawri naw. = I don’t understand, Im sorry.

Recently read a article about unique games played in Myanmar written in the MyanmarTimes, which is a very informative daily English and Burmese newspaper, with both local and international news.

Read about 'The Encyclopedia of Myanmar games, volume II

Don’t panic, the people with the red teeth are not vampires. Very typical in Asia, betel nut is a form of chewing stimulant that stains your teeth red. Try it, if you are brave enough…

What is the yellow-white cream on people’s faces? It is called Thanaka and it is made from ground tree bark. Typically worn by women and young girls, but increasingly by men, the Burmese have been using it for over 2000 years. As well as using it like make up, Thanaka can be used as sunscreen and has a cooling effect that soothes sunburn too. It is also said to help clear your face of acne, why not try it yourself?

Recently read a article about unique games played in Myanmar written in the MyanmarTimes, which is a very informative daily English and Burmese newspaper, with both local and international news.

If you are lucky enough you might see the very impressive game of Chinlone in action. A cross between hacky sack and volleyball makes this game entertaining to watch. Here is a short Chinlone video, but to really get an idea of what can be done watch some of the professionals.

Myanmar or Burma, what’s the difference?

In 1989 under the ‘Adaptation of Expression law’ the English foreign language name was changed from ‘The union of Burma’ to ‘The union of Myanmar’. In a nutshell, there is not a huge difference between saying Myanmar or Burma. A lot of the time the debate between what to call the country becomes political, but mainly for people outside of Myanmar/ Burma and not so much for those inside of it. Both names are actually derived from the same word. Burmese language has two forms, a colloquial form that is used in conversation and for writing informal texts; it also has the literary form, which is a formal kind of Burmese. The literary form is a written not spoken form used for formal texts such as letters, academic papers and newspaper articles. The two forms have different spellings for lots of words. Myanmar is the spelling for Burma in the literary language where as Burma is the colloquial spelling of Myanmar in the colloquial language. So when reading an article in a newspaper (if you are able to read Burmese) you will see it written Myanmar. In a conversation with a friend though they may often refer to it as Burma, although Myanmar is increasingly being said in the colloquial setting. Not to get too technical, but for those who are interested the name Burma is actually just a local corruption of the word Myanmar in its spelling and pronunciation.  

So for the Burmese there is not a huge difference between the two, one is just more formal than the other. You should feel comfortable saying either, the vast majority of people in Myanmar or Burma will not view it as some sort of political protest to say Burma, they use it interchangeably, so you can too.  

Travel Tips For Yangon

Q - I’m black can I visit Burma? Due to ethnic conflicts is it okay for me?

A - Its totally fine in Myanmar to be black because there are also Indian people living in Myanmar working in their daily lives. You would be surprised to their smile faces welcoming to you when you arrive in Myanmar.

 

Q - Can I take a bus to Yangon?

A - Of course, you can. It’s only 200 kyats for one bus, it can take you to your desired destination.

 

Q - Are taxi in Yangon safe?

A - We can’t really guarantee the public Taxi for sure. We can arrange a private Taxi for you, our phone contact is +95942007010. Or you can use Grab application to take a Taxi which is more reliable, fixed price and comfortable for your ride. Most of the travelers in Yangon use Grab nowadays.

 

Q - Are street foods in Yangon are safe and hygiene?

A - Mostly yes. But we can’t assure you for the 100% safety for these street foods in Yangon. On the other hand, most Myanmar people and tourists are tasting these street foods in their daily lives. And most of the people didn’t complain and concern about foods. So, what we can advise is taste as many as you can when you are in Yangon as It’s really paradise.

Travel Tips for Mandalay

Q - I am wondering if it requires a license to rent an e-bike in Mandalay.? Do we rent e-bike in Mandalay?

A - You can rent an e-bike in Yangon without a license, I am afraid our agency does not have e-bike rental service in Mandalay. But car rental service is available you can contact us: +95942007010. We do rent e-bike in Bagan.

 

Q - Which transportation vehicle should I use?

A - The best advice from us is to rent a car, bus or motorbike to travel to places around Mandalay. If you want to rent a car we can arrange for you. Please contact our phone +95942007010. If you prefer more about your safety and comfortability you can choose whether to use our rent cars or Grab application which can be easily used to take a taxi and cheap three-wheeled vehicles.

Travel Tips for Pyin Oo Lwin or May Myo

Q - What time of the year is the best to visit a Botanical garden in Pyin Oo Lwin?

A - The very best time to go is from December to February. Still good is from November to April. This is purely from a climate diagram point of view of course.

Travel Tips for Inle Lake

Q - Inle Lake Airport?

A - The local Inle Lake Airport is Heho.

 

Q - What is the Inle Lake Festival?

A - Also known as the Taunggyi balloon festival, the Inle lake festival happens once a year around the end of October\November time.

 

Q - Is Inle save to travel?

A - It’s generally a very safe place to travel; just take normal precautions when booking tours to ensure that you’re using a reputable agency and take care of your personal belongings. Many choose to take antimalarials in this area as mosquitos can be an issue – be sure to check with your doctor before traveling.

 

Q - Inle lake or Nyaung Shwe?

A - Essentially the same place. Nyaung Shwe is the biggest town connected to the lake and where you will find the most budget-friendly accommodation, shops, and travel agents. It is possible to stay on the lake itself, however, these are mainly resorts and such are not backpacker pocket-friendly.

 

Q - Inle lake or Mandalay?

A - Inle Lake, for the scenery. Mandalay is just another city with not enough pavements.

 

Q - Inle lake or Bagan?

A - This one is tough and if you can see both then I would highly recommend that. But if I had to choose one it would be Bagan, something really special about that place. But if you can then do both.

 

Q - Inle lake or Hsipaw?

A - Both very different places. Hsipaw has a cooler climate and is more based around trekking and hilly scenery. In comparison Inle Lake is flat and you will spend most of your time in a boat on the still water.

Travel Tips for Mrauk U                                            

Q - Where is Mrauk U?

A - Mrauk is in the Rakhine State in western Myanmar.

 

Q - Is Mrauk U open to tourists?

A - Yes, it is open to tourists with guest houses and guides waiting for your custom. However, don’t expect the likes of Bagan or Inle Lake, you won’t find western food or many English speaking people here.

 

Is Mrauk U save for visiting now?

Mrauk-U is safe for tourists: hotels ministry. Despite the ongoing conflicts in neighboring Rakhine State, it is still safe for local and foreign tourists to visit the ancient city of Mrauk-U.

General FAQS

Q - Hi, I get to know you provide some tour to the traveler. I am traveling to Nyaung Shwe for Inle Lake.      Appreciate if you could provide some tour information and some local market we can visit.

A – Yes, we provide some experience for Inle Lake that’s also our unique selected experiences for our valuable customers. Please let me support you the link for Inle Lake as follow;

https://www.thahara.com/experiences/inle-lake

 

Q - What hotel do you pick up from if we reserve the two-day hike from Kalaw to Inle Lake? 

A - Our friendly trekking guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kalaw Hill Town and drop you off at your Hotel of Inle Lake. So, you can choose that what you like to use for your accommodation.

 

Q - How do we make payment for our trip?

A - There is two platform to make the payment for your trip. One is Paypal for direct booking at our website and another one is 2c2p in sending the payment link to you. These two links are 100% secure & easy to use.

 

Q - Can you pick up at the bus station as we are coming by night coach from Yangon/ Mandalay/ Bagan for Kalaw – Inle Lake trekking?

A - We do not arrange pickup for the early arrival bus to Kalaw. But we will support you the contact number of our trek guide. There some guest houses or hotels are available near the bus station for hours staying. And the price is also really cheap. Just contact our friendly trekking guide after your breakfast time. He or she will come to your hotel to start the trekking.

 

Q - Can you recommend the affordable hotel at Bagan?

A – We would like to recommend the hotel that we are market on our website. These are boutique and got lots of recommendation from our valuable customers.

 

Q - How do we get our luggage to Inle Lake?

A: Our friendly trekking guide will arrange your luggage from Kalaw to Inle Lake of your hotel. And It is really safe.

 

Q - How big a backpack would we need for the trek? What do we need to take for the trek?

A - Our friendly trekking guide will come to your hotel from Kalaw before trek date of the evening time for the meeting of what you should pack or not for the trekking. We would advise you bring a daysack which you can use during the trek while your main luggage is transferred to Inle Lake.

 

Q - Do we need to bring our own mat and sleeping bag?
A - You will be staying in basic accommodation with communal showers, mosquito nets, and no air conditioning. If you would like to bring your own and sleeping bag, you can bring during trekking.

 

Q - What will the temperature range be overnight at Kalaw?

A – Please let me support you the link for weather check for Kalaw as follow;

https://www.accuweather.com/en/mm/myanmar-weather

 

Q – Is it ok to skip credit card fee?

A – Sorry, your request is not possible with us.

 

Q - Do you have special rates for the experiences for the low season?

A – Of course, you can get this information at our website on each destinations page that we announce for monsoon promotion. And there is available to check on our related social media platform.

 

Q - What kind of accommodations can you recommend for Inle Lake?

A – As you know, Thahara is only supporting the unique & boutique brand hotels through Myanmar for our valuable customers. So, please let me support you, our handpicked hotels for Inle Lake as a link;

https://www.thahara.com/hotels/inle-lake

 

Q - If I book 2D/ 1N trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, I arriving in Kalaw in the early morning from Bagan... possible?

A - Two Days/ One Night trekking is really available even you arrive in Kalaw at the early morning from Bagan by highway express bus. You will arrive in Kalaw in the early morning around 5 or 6 am. There is some guest houses or hotels are available near the bus station for hours staying. And the price is also really cheap. Just contact our friendly trekking guide after your breakfast time. He or she will come to your hotel to start the trekking.

 

Q - What would be the price for Inle Heritage for a room with a double bed and two rooms with twin beds? 

A – The prices are the same with double room & twin rooms. You can get price information for 2018 – 2019 at the following link;

https://www.thahara.com/hotels/inle-lake/inle-heritage

 

Q - What is the best price for 2d/ 1n trekking from Kalaw to Inle lake?

A – How can I say that we always support the best prices for our valuable customer around the world not only trekking but also the others experiences through Myanmar.

 

Q - I am interested in full day boat tour on Inle Lake, however, I would like to know if it would be possible to have such a tour with airport pick up?

A - Normally all the tour starts at the client’s hotel at Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake. But we can arrange airport pick up from Heho Airport to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of the Inle Lake with cheap price.

 

Q - I would like to ask is there any tour for one full day tour in Bagan?

A – Of course, I like you to enjoin Bagan Full Day Guided Experience as a private tour if you are the first time traveling to Bagan. If not, please let me support you the link for other experiences of Bagan as follow;

https://www.thahara.com/experiences/bagan

 

Q - Which is the expected landscape of Kalaw Trekking, the weather will be dry, but lands are still green?

A – As you know, Kalaw is a hill town. The weather is always dry and cold, clouds are clear at the sky and lands are green in every season of our country.

 

Q - Which trekking can you offer for Kalaw?

A – There is three type of trekking for our valuable customer. Day return trek, Two Days/ One Night Trek and Three Days/ Two Nights that we selected for our valuable customers. I like to support you the link for these three experiences as follow;

https://www.thahara.com/experiences/kalaw

 

Q - Can we book and pay u directly by cash when we meet for the Bagan tour?

A – Sorry, This request is not available with us.

 

Q – Is it possible to join other travel partners for Kalaw Trekking?

A – No because we only arrange private trekking for our valuable customer in not only trekking but also others experiences that we announce it at our website.

 

Q - How many people allow in the trekking package from Kalaw to Inle Lake?

A – We arrange per trekking tour with 1 – 6 guests. But if there request from our customers, sure, we can arrange a group trekking tour.

 

Q - Is it private tour or group tour for Kalaw Trekking?

A – We only arrange a private tour. But if there request from our customers, sure, we can arrange private group trekking tour.

 

Q - Could you tell us the difference between 2 and 3 days trekking tour?

A – 3 Days trek starts from near Kalaw Colonial Town. First Day of trekking, you have to enjoy with Shan Ethnic village (Name is Pwe Hla). The second day also will be same (Pattu Village) but village types and their lifestyle is a little different. And the Landscape also the difference between these two ethnic villages. And on the third day, you will arrive at Inle Lake.

 

2 Days trek starts from near Pwe Hla Village and has to use the local taxi in going to Pwe Hla Village from Kalaw. And trek to Pattu Village. Dinner & accommodation at Pattu Village. Next day you have to enjoin trek to Inle Lake. And you will arrive at the Lunchtime to Inle Lake.

 

Q - Which is the price per person to do your Yangon full day tour?

A – Please let me support you the link for the price for Yan Full Day Guided Tour that we announce it on our website as follow;

https://www.thahara.com/experiences/yangon/yangon-full-day-sightseeing-tour

 

Q - Do you have a special rate for people under 18?

A - Sorry, we haven’t a special rate for under 18.

 

Q - Do you have day tours out of Mandalay?

A – Yes, we have a day tour to Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo) from Mandalay. Please check the link for Pyin Oo Lwin tour as follow;

https://www.thahara.com/experiences/mandalay/day-trip-to-pyin-oo-lwin

 

Q - Do we need to carry our backpacks all along the road of Trekking Kalaw – Inle Lake?

A - You do not need to carry your backpacks on the trek. Our friendly guide will come to your hotel for trekking meeting before your trip date for the over viewing of trekking routine and who will arrange for you to what you should pack or not.

 

Q - How is the rainy season is it ok to do the trek or do you think it is not the best season to do it. Is it safe?

A – Yes, Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake is available to do even the raining season. And it is 100% safe.

 

Q - What is the Cancellation Policy?

A - A non-refundable deposit equal to 10%, 20%, or 30% (depending on the season) of total charges must be paid before a reservation can be confirmed. Upon payment of this deposit, a reservation confirmation email will be sent to you. A reminder email will be sent to you to pay any remaining amount before the due date and thereby secure your booking.

Low seasons – A 10% (non-refundable) deposit is required. Before the date specified in your confirmation email, which will be at least 21 days prior to your scheduled arrival, a reminder email will be sent to you to pay the remaining amount and secure your booking. The remaining amount must be paid prior to arrival. If you wish to cancel your booking within the period 21 days prior to your scheduled arrival, a 100% cancellation charge is applicable and you will be liable to pay us the remaining 90% in addition to forfeiting the deposit.

High seasons – A 20% (non-refundable) deposit is required. Before the date specified in your confirmation email, which will be at least 45 days prior to your scheduled arrival, a reminder email will be sent to you to pay the remaining amount and secure your booking. The remaining amount must be paid prior to arrival. If you wish to cancel your booking within the period 45 days prior to your scheduled arrival, a 100% cancellation charge is applicable and you will be liable to pay us the remaining 80% in addition to forfeiting the deposit.

 

Peak seasons – A 30% (non-refundable) deposit is required. Before the date specified in your confirmation email, which will be at least 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival, a reminder email will be sent to you to pay the remaining amount and secure your booking. The remaining amount must be paid prior to arrival. If you wish to cancel your booking within the period 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival a 100% cancellation charges is applicable and you will be liable to pay us the remaining 70% in addition to forfeiting the deposit.

 

Q- Is tipping customary?

A - Tipping is not required. But If you are willing to give tips to your guide, we are happy to support you the simple tips info as 15% to 30% of the trip cost to your guide.
 

Q - The best time to visit Myanmar? What's the best season to go?

A - January and February are both great months to visit Burma as it's dry across the board and temperatures haven't yet reached stifling.

Cue March and April where temperatures will rise considerably, especially in central areas in and around the former capital city of Yangon (once known as Rangoon).

The hot weather is a prelude to Burma's monsoon season which takes place from May all the way through the summer months of June, July, and August.

Rain tends to fall in the afternoon and early evening with several resorts along the coast, including Ngapali Beach, closing down completely.

September and October are still soggy, particularly in central and southern areas, whilst Mandalay, in the north, will start to see less rain and steadier temperatures.

Some consider November or December the best times to visit Burma, however, things can get busy and accommodation will get booked up as the rain clouds clear to leave lush green foliage, fast-flowing rivers, and cascading waterfalls.

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In a nutshell, although you can visit Myanmar all year round, due to its tropical climate. However, as a general rule, try to avoid visiting Myanmar from June to September. During this time (especially from July to September), the wet season is in full swing. Places like Ngapali Beach during this time even close due to inaccessible roads.

 

The best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February as it is neither too hot to walk around due to the cool breeze that blows in. March to May, on the other hand, are boiling hot, especially in the plains near Bagan and Mandalay.

 


Q - Do we need the visa to visit Myanmar?

A - Visa is a must for visitors from different countries unless:

Holders of normal passports issued by the following jurisdictions do not require a visa to enter Myanmar for tourism and business visits for up to 14 days unless otherwise noted:

 Brunei

 Cambodia

 Hong KongT (30 days)

 Indonesia

 Japan (30 days)

 Laos

 Macao (30 days)

 Philippines

 Singapore (30 days)

 South Korea (30 days)

 Thailand (for air arrivals only)

 Vietnam

 

 

Q - How do I book?

A - You can choose either to book online or via phone.

      If you want to book from our website, please follow the link below:

      https://www.thahara.com/hotels

     Our reservation phone number is +959420007010.

 

Q - Is it safe to travel in Myanmar?
A - Tourist facilities are adequate in Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Ngapali Beach, Yangon and Taunggyi, and limited elsewhere.

 

Q - What About Terrorism?

A - Terrorism initiated and supported by separatist groups outside of Myanmar like the United Liberation Front of Assam, is a major source of terrorism and hence civilian deaths. These separatist groups are in a seemingly unending war with the Burmese government. However, the conflicts are largely far away from the usual tourist areas.

Therefore, we can assure you that Myanmar is safe for you to travel…

 

Q - Can I use my mobile phone in Myanmar?

A - Of course, you can use your mobile phone in Myanmar. But for using the internet, I am afraid’s the wifi connection in Myanmar are not fast enough even in the Hotels. So, the one thing we want to advise you is to use the sim card from Myanmar which will only cause 1$ cause the connection is pretty cool with those sim cards. 

 

Q - Who are Thahara?

A - Thahara was created with help from Genevieve, Josephine, and Peter from Anthem Asia, an investment group that has been building sustainable businesses in Myanmar.  Thahara is part of the Anthem Asia group. 

Our vision encompasses more than delivering wonderful memories for our visitors.  We also want our chosen local hoteliers to build flourishing small businesses offering good jobs in line with the country's drive to create a sustainable tourism sector. 

Today, we continue to market our network of unique, locally-owned hotels.  We add new locations as we come across passionate hosts who share our approach and continue to add itineraries that allow our guests to explore, to see, to experience life and wonders in Myanmar that others may miss out on. 

"Thahara" means friendship in Pali, one of Myanmar's ancient languages.  Our slogan is "share our world".  We believe friends help each other by sharing, no matter where in the world they come from. 


Q - What about money, cash, and the local currency? How much money will I need?
A - ATM in the Mandalay airport, on the main road in New Bagan, and in Inle Lake. here was even one in the middle of the lake in Inle. We do however suggest bringing enough USD for 3-4 days of spending, just in case you don’t get to an ATM or the ATM isn’t working. $150 USD per person.  We were also noticed several places in Myanmar accepted credit cards, so just in case you are running low on cash you may be able to use your credit card, however, there may be fees.

 

Q - What should I bring?

A -          1 > Insect spray should be brought especially in the rainy season of MYANMAR as mosquitos can distract your comfort.

                2 > elephant pants/ long shorts/ sleeved t-shirts. Myanmar sightseeing is filled with temples and pagodas which enforce a well-observed dress code. No shoulders and no thighs are the clothing rules of choice and it’s important to cover up or be turned away from some of the best sights the country has to offer. Elephant pants are available to buy in all the tourist areas.  For the men, the traditional skirt-like longyis are spotted on every local and are a smart choice if you spot one at a market.

3 > a torch or headlamp.  The temples and pagodas where you are sure to spend your Bagan sunrises and sunsets are filled with dark stairways. It’s impossible to navigate successfully in the dark at sunrise and sunset. Bring your torch everywhere!

4 > sunscreen and a hat Myanmar is hot, hot, hot with extreme temperatures and dangerous UV levels. Sunscreen is a must at all times! A hat is perfect for the long and sunny Bagan days when you’re out exploring the temples.

 

5 > flip-flops. We spent more time barefoot than with our shoes on due to the requirement to remove footwear when entering pagodas and temples. It’s not optional and there is nothing worse than tying and untying laces in the sweltering heat every time you enter a tourist sight. Of which there are many. Flip flops it is!

6 > Us dollars

7 > First Aid Kit

8 > Myanmar Visa. Gone are the days of having to travel to a Myanmar embassy to obtain a visa to enter the country. Passport holders from 100 countries are now entitled to apply for an e-visa meaning you can secure a visa in advance of your travels.

More questions? Please call our office at +95 1 441 3410
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