General Travel Information
Travellers to Myanmar required a visa. A tourist visa which is valid for travel for 28 days can be obtained from any Myanmar Embassy. You can also apply eVisa online via Myanmar Ministry of Immigration and Population’s website. Currently, passengers with eVisa are only permitted to enter via Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.
Therefore, if you are entering Myanmar via other border ports, you need to obtain a standard Myanmar visa in your passport prior to your arrival at the border port.
Most traveller on Mergui Archipelago tours get zone specific visa-on-arrival in Kawthaung (Myanmar) which is valid to travel within Mergui Arcipelago zone only. If these travellers intend to travel to other destination outside the zone after their tour in Mergui Archipelago, they need to obtain a standard Myanmar visa which is valid to travel in all non-restricted area in Myanmar.
All travellers need to have a passport which is valid to travel for at least 6 months beyond their trip in Myanmar.
All customers are responsible to take out a suitable travel insurance before joining our tours. Your insurance should provide a full coverage specifically for the adventure travel activities you are participating as well as personal baggage, accidents and medical (medical evacuation which include helicopter rescue and emergency assistance is highly recommended for tours in Myanmar Himalayas and Mergui Archipelago area due to the nature of remoteness in those regions).
US Dollar and Euro cash are accepted in Myanmar. We recommend you bring crisp currency notes. Old, torn and creased foreign currency notes especially US$ notes are not accepted at most places in Myanmar.
The local currency is the Myanmar Kyat (MMK) with an exchange rate of 1 USD to about 1,000 MMK. Most ATM machines in Yangon and Mandalay works well. The maximum amount you can withdraw is 300,000Kyats per withdrawal and the Myanmar service provider charge 5,000kyats per withdrawal regardless of the amount withdrawn. You should also check with your card provider on the charges they make on your withdrawals, the maximum number of withdrawal you can make per day and per week.
There are also numerous official exchange counters at banks, some high street travel agents and licensed independent money changers who can provide much better deals than hotels.
Myanmar has three seasons. November to February is Winter or dry season, March to June is Summer and July to October is Monsoon also known as Green season. The best season to visit Myanmar is between November and February when the temperature is cooler and milder in most part of Myanmar.
Although Myanmar climate is mainly tropical, weather conditions differ from region to region. Generally, it is much cooler in mountains and the hills, hot and dry in low land central Myanmar, usually hot and humid all year round in lower Myanmar. Whilst the temperature is moderate all year round in Mergui Archipelago in the southern tip of Myanmar, some of the Myanmar Himalayan peaks like Hkakabo Razi Mountain in the norther tip of Myanmar may be covered in snow and ice all year round.
Vaccines against Malaria, Dangue fever and Hepatitis are recommended. The risk of malaria exists at rural area. Taking precaution against food and water born disease is also recommended and always use bottled water or boiled water. See some useful links below.