Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQs are based on one personal opinion only. If you find any contradictions, we’d be glad to correct it. In addition, if you have any questions, please feel free let us know. We will try to provide the best possible answer. Cheers!
Can I use major credit and debit card in Myanmar?
Absolutely YES! Starting from March 2013, you can use your visa or master credit card in most hotels and restaurants.
Can I withdraw cash with my credit or debit card from ATM in Myanmar?
Yes, you can. There are ATM machines outside of local banks, such as Co-op and KBZ Bank.
Why do I need to bring “new and crispy” US Dollar notes?
In Myanmar, banks and official exchange centers do not accept dirty notes. If the note is dirty or contains marks, the exchange rate will be lower than the market price. Thus, most places do not accept old dollar bills.
Why can’t I call Inle lake, Nyaung Shwe with telephone numbers that start with “29” (081-29***)?
All the phone numbers have changed to six digits. You need to insert zero in the middle of “29”. It means 29*** change to 209***.
Can I visit every place in Myanmar?
NO! Tourists who want to visit certain destinations need to get special permission from Myanmar Travels and Tours. That being said, some places are complete prohibited for foreigner travellers. For more information, please visit the official Ministry of Hotel and Tourism website for International Tourists and Foreign Visitors.
How can I buy domestic Air Tickets to travel around Myanmar?
You can purchase them from travel agents outside or inside the country. Of course, it is cheaper to buy the tickets locally. Only some travel agents accept major credit cards with 10% service charge. So, the best way is to purchase a ticket is to book one through a travel agent or a hotel, and pick it up upon arrival to Myanmar and pay in cash. You will need to confirm it one day before your departure date (they charge 35 USD per pax for date changes). Airlines are open ONLY half a day on weekends.
Official Domestic Airline Schedule: Myanmar National Airlines, Air KBZ
Is it convenient to travel with buses around Myanmar?
Not all destinations are bus-friendly, such as Myauk U or Sittway destinations. However, the newly built highway from Yangon to Mandalay, takes only 7 hours and they have bagan providing morning buses. Bus tickets can be bought around Aung San Stadium (in front of the train station) or at the bus station. Purchase in advance to obtain front seats.
Highway Bus Stations
Aung Mingalar – Goes to Mandalay, Bagan, Taunggyi (Inle Lake), Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock), and Maw La Myaing.
Hlaing Thar Yar – Goes to Pa Thein, Chaung Tha beach, and Ngwe Saung beach.
Buses to Bago and Tike Gyee are to be taken near Saw Bwar Gyee Gone bus station.
We hope these information are helpful, and we wish you safe and happy travels.