Myanmar Vacation on a Shoestring Budget

Save money on your Myanmar trip without sacrificing quality. Myanmar, as you probably know, is one of the cheapest Asian countries to visit. It’s no wonder many budget travelers like backpackers choose to explore this ancient land, which is replete with awesome sights and exciting activities.

So how do you go on a trip to this place without breaking the bank? Here’s how.

First, find out how much your Myanmar vacation will cost. Of course, it depends on what you’re going to do, where you’re staying, and what you’ll be eating for the duration of your trip. But generally, you’ll be spending about $35 per day. This is already inclusive of transportation, entrance fees, local food, and budget accommodation.

Let’s break it down:

Budget accommodation is about $5 to $15 per night ($18 with breakfast). Myanmar has plenty of hotels and guesthouses that provide excellent value. Just be careful when making a choice and consider not only the price tag but also the location, service and atmosphere of the place.

Food will set you back at only $2 to $4 per meal. You’ll find that most of the restaurants in this country serve typical Asian cuisine. But there are also a few that dish up western dishes. Don’t miss the famous Inle Lake fish, which as other travelers would tell you, is truly a fish like no other.

Entrance fees, meanwhile, will cost you an average of $5. Yes, most of the temples and ruins that you’ll visit in Myanmar fit within most nifty travelers’ budget. Even the most popular ones like the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon will only require you to pay an admission price of $5. And then there’s that ticket that provides access to ALL the temples and ruins in Bagan, which only costs $10.

Now that you have an idea of how much the trip will cost you, it will be easier for you to create a travel budget. To ensure that you don’t go beyond that, here are more tips that you should definitely consider:

  • Travel during the off-peak season. It’s wise to avoid summer, school breaks, spring break, and holidays. Flight and hotels are much pricier during these seasons. If it can be helped, stay away from weekends as well. Wednesday is often the cheapest day to fly.
  • Search for online discount deals. The web is a goldmine for budget travelers. There are lots of excellent discount deals on hotels, flights, transportations and attraction admission. Make sure you get discount deals from reliable sources.
  • Avail vacation packages. A vacation package won’t only save you money but also save you energy. It’s a convenient way of traveling to Myanmar. Before availing any trip package, compute how much the inclusions will cost you if you’re going DIY so you can compare and make an informed decision.
  • Avoid buying too many souvenirs. We’re not asking you to shun shopping altogether. But don’t spend too much money on souvenirs. After all, your stories and photographs are more than enough mementos of your great vacation experience.

Who said traveling to Myanmar should be expensive? Follow these tips and save a great deal of money on your Myanmar vacation.

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