1. Do I need vaccines for Myanmar?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Myanmar. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Myanmar: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Here is the article for recommended vaccinations for Myanmar.
2. How safe is Myanmar?
For the vast majority of visitors, travel in Myanmar is safe and should pose no serious problems.
- Some areas of the country remain off limits due to ongoing civil war and/or landmines.
- In off-the-beaten-track places, where authorities are less used to seeing foreigners, local officials may ask you what you are up to. Saying you're a tourist normally satisfies them.
- If you have any tattoos of Buddha on your body, keep them covered up.
Here is our guide for Safety and Precautions in Myanmar
3. Do I need a travel insurance for Myanmar?
Travel insurance for Myanmar is an absolute must!
Take into consideration that road safety is poor and the country is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding. Crime rates are generally low, but poverty is very high and there are always a few opportunistic thieves around. You should also look into getting coverage if you plan to take domestic flights as they can be unreliable. Last minute time changes and cancellations aren’t uncommon, which may make you miss your connecting flight back home.
Check the detailed article for Myanmar travel insurance here
4. What should I take to Myanmar?
Burma has different temperatures depending on the time of year. Light, airy modest clothing will keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months.
During the colder months, and in the evenings, a jacket and some extra layers will keep you warm. Be sure to bring a rain jacket and an umbrella if you are visiting during the rainy season.
Because of the humidity and moisture, particularly during the rainy season, Burma is home to mosquitoes that may carry malaria. Antimalarials are highly recommended.
Here is the detailed guide for what to pack for Myanmar
5. Are you supposed to tip in Myanmar?
Having only opened up to tourists relatively recently, there’s a nascent culture of tipping in Myanmar. We’d encourage tipping for particularly good service; wages are low so they’ll certainly be appreciated. That being said, do only tip on a merit basis and don’t feel obliged to do it.
Check out the Myanmar tipping guide & other local etiquettes here
6. Do I need to buy a Myanmar SIM Card? And where can I buy it?
It is recommended to buy a local SIM card why travelling in Myanmar as it surely has a stable connection and also the cheaper price for calling & data usage.
You can buy the SIM Card almost everywhere in Myanmar, especially inside the big cities like Yangon or Mandalay
Check out the detailed guide for Internet & phone in Myanmar here
7. Do I need to bargain while shopping in Myanmar?
In general, you do not need to bargain a lot, less than in some other countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, or Thailand.
One thing you need to negotiate a price is transport: taxis, tuk-tuks, motorbikes, horse carts... Taxis don't have meters, you'll have to discuss the price. Sometimes it's a bit difficult to find out the "real" price, as it depends on the route and the place you are. However, you will be surprised that taxi drivers in Yangon ask for a moderate price and negotiating was not needed.
Public transport (buses, trains, ferryboats) have fixed prices. In some cases, there are high fixed prices for tourists; for example, ferry Yangon to Dala: locals 200 Kyats, foreigners 5.000 Kyats. There are no more foreigner prices for buses, trains and both are very cheap.
Entrance fees are fixed and always higher for tourists.
There are fixed prices in shopping centers and convenience stores, in restaurants etc. You can negotiate hotel prices (if walking in) and street food, markets... But usually they ask for the normal price and things are cheap, if not in the tourist business (souvenirs etc.).
Here is our guide for Buying and bargaining in Myanmar