5 Essential Things You Need To Know Before Travelling To Myanmar

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Myanmar has only recently opened its doors to foreign visitors. After many years of military rule, this unique nation has begun to take the road to democracy. The British colonised what was then known as Burma, as they saw this land as a route into South East Asia. Thousands of POWs built the railway that runs through most of this amazing country.

If you are planning to spend your next holiday in Myanmar, here is some useful advice to help you get the best holiday experience possible:

1. Plan your Holiday Through an Established Tour Operator

Ideally, you want to find a tour operator who is an expert of luxury private tailor made tours for Myanmar. Google is one tool that can certainly help you in that regard. There is so much to see and do in Myanmar. Using a tour operator who is flexible enough to tailor the holiday to your needs and make it a more memorable.

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2. You Will Need a Visa

Whatever your nationality, you will require a visa to visit Myanmar. As with a lot of countries when you’re travelling internationally. The tour operator can help by giving you step by step directions on obtainng a tourist visa to enter Myanmar.

3. Lacking Infrastructure

While Myanmar opened its doors to foreign tourists a few years ago, the infrastructure within the country leaves a lot to be desired. You are advised to plan your holiday by using the services of an established tour operator. This is so that they are able to provide you with safe and comfortable travel, while also knowing the best hotels.

4. Don’t Rely on Public Transport

Getting from A to B in Myanmar can be a challenge at the best of times. If you take pot luck, you are likely to have a very frustrating experience.

Although on the other hand, if you book your holiday with a company that offers luxury Myanmar holidays with English-speaking local guides then you have the best of both worlds. Having a local guide will prove invaluable in more ways than one.

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5. Do Some Online Research

This will give you a better understanding of what exactly Myanmar has to offer the tourist. Once you are on the website of an established Myanmar tour operator, you can read all about the many places of interest.

If none of their amazing packages hit the spot, they would be happy to design the holiday around you and your needs. Spending some time in Yangon is an absolute must. If you like pristine beaches, Ngapali offers stunning vistas and unspoilt stretches of golden beaches.


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You will be amazed by the sheer natural beauty of a country whether they’re well or under developed. With a local guide at your side and a well-planned schedule, you can experience Myanmar in a way that other tourists cannot.

While the standard of hotel accommodation varies greatly, there are 5-star resorts and hotels, something your tour operator can assist with. By planning your daily activities, you will make the most out of what is sure to be the holiday of a lifetime.

What do you guys think of Myanmar and travelling around Asia in general? What other essential things have I missed out? As always, leave your comments below and give this post a like or share!

Johnny| Johnny’s Traventures


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!


  1. August 27, 2019 / 7:16 am

    Thanks for all the tips. Myanmar is becoming more and more popular amongst travellers and it will definitely develop to a popular tourist destination.

  2. August 27, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    I think in years to come, this place sounds like it could become the new place people go to ‘find themselves’! Great tips x

  3. August 28, 2019 / 7:58 am

    This has been on my bucket list for ages now! Thank you for your tips and advice, I am going to keep them in mind when I start planning my trip there.

  4. August 28, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    I heard of Myanmar through a top gear episode the first time and thought that it was beautiful but never really knew how to navigate there. This is super helpful because I won’t get caught out in anything now 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

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