A trip to Myanmar is like going back in time. But it is changing quickly.
For decades Myanmar was closed off from the rest of the world, preserving a culture that wasn't influenced at all by globalisation.
Whilst this is changing, you will still men wearing longyis, women wearing thanaka on their faces and an intense cultural experience unlike most countries in South-East Asia.
- Top Tip: Head to Myanmar sooner rather than later. The culture is quickly changing to adapt to western businesses wanting to set up on Myanmar.
- Currency: Burmese Kyat
- Visa: You will need to head to the Myanmar embassy before arrival to get a visa. We did This in Bangkok with relative ease.
- Safety: Whilst the main tourist spots of Myanmar are safe, it is best to be vigilant and stick to the main tourist areas.
- When to go: Myanmar follows the same weather patterns of Thailand and India with a rainy season running from April - September. However, the central zone of Bagan can be dry most of the year. We've heard that January is the best time to go.
- Peak Season: December - Feb, best for weather but also popular for holiday makers
- Low Season: April - September, coinciding with rainy season.
- Walk My World Cost Index: $$$ - Accommodation is overpriced, but food, transport and activities are still relatively cheap. This could change as more hotels build to ease the under capacity problem.