Although Myanmar has 2 well-defined seasons, the dry season (Oct. To May) and the wet season (June to September), you can visit the country throughout the whole year.
First of all, find the best time to go to Myanmar before picking up your dates.
The best time would be during high season, from November to February.
It’s dry during these few months and the temperatures haven’t yet reached their pick.
But it will also be the favorite time for the travelers around the globe; so touristic places such as Bagan temples will be busy.
The raining season also known as the low season, from June to September, will bring brief but heavy, mainly in the afternoon.
But It will rarely affect touring, and has the benefit of having less tourists during this period, and therefore lower prices from hotels, activities…
So the weather should be take into account but shouldn’t be the main concern, each season having their advantages and inconvenience. For example, during the wet season, Coastal resort may be inaccessible and some like Ngapali Beach will be closed during this season.
But in the meantime, it’s the best time to enjoy a unique sunrise view over Bagan temples.
Prepare your visa in advance
You need a visa to go to Myanmar. Only citizens from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, and Cambodia have a visa exemption for 14 days, but they are only permitted to enter to Myanmar from the international airports of Yangon and Mandalay. The easiest way to get a visa for both tourist visa and business visa, is to do it online via this official link: https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/You will need the following to apply:
Your passport (at least 6 months’ validity) to complete the form
One recent color photo (that can be upload directly in the e-visa portal)
Visa, Master, American Express or JCB credit for payment
Letter of Invitation and the Company Registration of inviting company (when you apply for a Business visa)
Then, you will need to follow the four steps below on the e-visa portal:
Supply all the necessary information on the visa form (Personal info, Passport info, Travel info)
Confirm and pay online (a confirmation payment will be sent within an hour)
Receive a visa approval letter after 3 working days and print it out
Upon arrival at a Myanmar immigration checkpoint, present your visa approval letter and passport to have your passport stamped
Please notice that the approval letter is valid up to 90 days from the date of issue and valid for a single entry.
Book your flight
Taking a plane is the best way to travel around Myanmar, especially if your time is limited. You can book your flights in advance, while planning your trip, directly on our booking portal. It will ensure you the best price and the safest airlines.
The best is to try different dates to also be able to find the best prices.
Choose your destination
You will probably what to see as much must-see as possible for your first trip to Myanmar.
Don’t be too ambitious about doing everything on your first trip, and take your time to enjoy and learn more about the destinations and must-sees you choose.
Myanmar is so diverse, and culturally rich that it deserves a comeback trip. For first-timer, we recommend the 4 most visited places:
Yangon: As most of the international flights arrive to Yangon, the formal capital, visit the city and its diverse areas like ChinaTown, Bogyoke market, and the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. 2 days would be enough to visit the city and its emblematic temples.
Bagan: with its 4000 sacred stupas all across the arid plains, Bagan is a must-see. Don’t miss its beautiful sunrise, and if you have the budget, take a hot-air balloon flight over its wonderful temples. You will come back from your trip with amazing pictures of its landscape.
Mandalay: The view from Mandalay hill is astonishing. Visit the Royal Palace, and travel in time to discover the history and glory of the ancient kingdom. Temples around like Amarapura and its golden buddha, Mingun, one of the biggest temples in the world, are must-sees you have to visit while in Mandalay.
Inle Lake: The Inle lake is famous for its fisherman and their unique traditional fishing style. Take a retreat time in this peaceful area, surrounded by mountains, and traditional floating villages stuck in time.
Book your hotel
The location of your hotel should be an important part of your choice in order to be close to the must-sees and avoid traffic (which can be terrible in big city such as Yangon or Mandalay).
For Yangon, opt for an hotel close to the Shwedagon pagoda, which is more or less at the city center, and close to the others must-see as the city such as Bogyoke Market, Sule Pagoda, …
For Bagan, we recommend staying in Old Bagan, and if you are lucky, you might see the beautiful sunrise over the temples, from your windows.
For Mandalay, stay close to the Royal palace, at the center of Mandalay city.
For Inle Lake, the best would be to stay at Nyuangshwe to enjoy a room with a lake view by inle lake.
Our first tip would be to lower a bit your expectations about Myanmar, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
Myanmar just opened to tourism in the last few years, so it is definitely not a luxury destination.
Even though most of the websites, and travel guide sell it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it misses the infrastructure, that its neighbors countries, such as Thailand, have built for years.
Allow yourself to be will be shocked by the differences both culturally and socially, but also the lack of infrastructures.
It starts at your landing, from the size of the airports, so small it’s difficult to imagine it as an international airport, and it seems to be stuck in the 90’s.
It’s a part of the beauty of Myanmar, with its old-world charm.
Once you immerge yourself in its unique culture, you will see why people call it a once-in-a-lifetime travel.
Our second tip is to communicate with the friendly locals. Having being cut for years from the outside world, you will meet people with a true sense of hospitality, an inner kindness, a thirst for knowledge from the outside world and a willing to share their lifestyle and culture. But most of all, you will be touched by truly sincere smile.
It might be the most beautiful part of your travel.
Third tip, immerse yourself to the religious atmosphere. Myanmar is a sacred land where Buddhism has an omnipotent place in the people daily lives.
Monks are highly respected, and temples are worshipped. Feel the spirituality all around, and find inner peace.
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If it’s your 1st time in Myanmar, don’t worry, we will give you all the information you need to prepare your trip. Indeed, you will first have to determine the Best Time to visit Myanmar. Myanmar has 2 well-defined seasons, the dry season (Oct. To May) and the wet season (June to September), you can visit the country throughout the whole year. Each season has its own charms and advantages. Then, you’ll have to prepare your visa in advance. We will explain to you all the steps to follow on the e-visa portal. It’s very easy and pretty fast to obtain, but you have to do it in advance. Once you’ve got it (or at least plan to do it 3 open days prior to your departure), you can book your flight to Myanmar via Mingalapar. We will offer you the best prices to your plane ticket. What will be your destinations? We have mapped the country in 7 Regions such as the Region of Yagon, the formal capital and its amazing Shwedagon Pagoda, Bagan and its thousands of temples, Mandalay, the last royal capital, the East Region with serene inle lake. Myanmar is a unique country in its beauty and culture. We provide you all the Basic information you need to know to plan your trip without hassle. While you are waiting impatiently for your trip, read our articles about burmese etiquette, history, and culture in our section Only in Myanmar.