Things to know before going to Myanmar
  
Climate:
    The climate of Myanmar is tropical with three main seasons.
        ( 1 ) The rainy season is from mid-May to mid-October with an average temperature of 25-30 C. Although it rains heavily in Yangon and Inle Lake, traveling in Myanmar during this season is still enjoyable because Mandalay and Bagan lies in dry zones where it barely rains.

        ( 2 ) The cool season ( Winter ) is from mid-October to mid-February with an average temperature of 20-24 C. This is the best season to visit Burma. Some regions in upper Burma, Kalaw ( South-West of Shan State ) and Kyaing Tong ( Eastern Shan State ), has a temperature that ranges between 5 – 10 C, so travelers may need to bring some warm clothes to tour around this area.

       ( 3 ) The hot season ( Summer ) is from mid-February to mid-May with an average temperature of 30-35 C. Although it’s a bit hot, our programs are designed to make traveling enjoyable as we avoid the heat by touring about in the mornings and evenings.
       
Average High/Low Temperature:   Yangon 

   
  









Myanmar currency, exchange rate:
         The monetary unit is the Kyat ( pronounced chat ), which is divided into 100 pyas. The official exchange rate is about 1200 Kyats to US $ 1.  (As of 01-Jun-2016)

       Credit cards / travelers cheque / ATM cards are not acceptable in Myanmar. So, it's advisable that the clients should bring enough money in US Dollar cash. Kindly bring new US Dollar notes because old / ink stain / damage USD notes are very difficult to use in the market. Euro is not as welcome as US dollar.

Quality of food and restaurants in Myanmar:
        Myanmar cuisine is established around rice or noodles, usually served with a variety of curries between meat and fish, along with a dish of vegetables, salads, soup, and condiments. Myanmar curries tend to be less spicy than those served in Thailand. Meals & drinks at International Hotels are considerably expensive. There are many good local restaurants with almost the same quality of food and hygiene as hotels but at reasonable prices. They serve various dishes of Myanmar, Chinese, European (French and Italian), Thai and Indian cuisine. But roadside small restaurants are not recommended, as it can be risky for health.

        There are also a wide variety of local snacks and delicacies. Mouk-hin-kha (thin rice noodles served with fish gravy and onion soup) and Ohn-noh-khauk-swe (noodles served with chicken and coconut gravy) are the most popular in Myanmar. Shan food is another delicacy. Shan style of cooking neither belongs to Myanmar nor Chinese nor Thai cuisine but they taste really good in their own way.

       Restaurants and food served towards the travelers are carefully selected for hygiene as well as gastronomic considerations.

Shopping place and  best buys:
       Myanmar arts and crafts, mostly hand-made, are lovely souvenirs. Lacquer ware, woodcarvings, tapestries, silverware, brassware, silk and cotton fabrics, and shoulder bags are some of the popular items. For jewelry, there are Burmese rubies, sapphires, jade and pearls available at Myanmar gems shops. All gems and jewelry purchased should be made through the government licensed dealers, who can give a voucher for export. Bargaining is essential for obtaining reasonable prices. Possible price reductions of up to 70% are not uncommon.

Cell phone in Myanmar ( Burma ):
      Myanmar GSM system does not allow " international Roaming " so your phone may not work in Myanmar. If you want to make calls from hotel room, please check the rate before calling. Most of the hotels charge very high rate. The best way is connect your cell phone to WIFI and call via Viber, WeChat or Line.

Myanmar Standard Time
     GMT + 6 1/2 hours
  
  
Electricity in Myanmar :
        220 VOLT 50 HZ
 
  ​​Power Outlets:

A flashlight is helpful when traveling up country where electricity is poor.
  
Tipping in Myanmar
     Tipping in Myanmar is depending on how well you think they have been at your service.
     Some example are
            1. Porter at Airport
            2. Porter at Hotels
            3. Car Drivers
            4. Your tour guide
 
What to wear:
        Light clothing is required all year-round, but a sweater or jacket may be needed when traveling in hilly areas, especially during winter months. If visiting during the rainy season (May - September), an umbrella or raincoat will be required for the days in Inle lake and Yangon. It is required to dress decently within the precincts of religious buildings. Shoes and socks must be removed at pagodas and monasteries so it is advisable to bring a pair of slippers.
 

What to avoid:
         Travelers are advised to keep away from touts who may approach them to exchange foreign currency or to sell gems of dubious quality. Travelers are also advised not to drink tap water. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in Myanmar. Taking photograph of military camps and soldiers are to be avoided.