Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide

This Southeast Asian gem has only just recently opened to tourism and retains a charming air of mystery that entices travellers. A few things are far from mysterious and they're the sort of things you'll want to be aware of before you go. Here you'll find a selection of travel guide resources that include must-see destinations, what time of year is best to visit, what visas you'll need and a range of tips on topics as varied as food, shopping, money and health.

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Best Places to Visit

Don't visit Myanmar without checking out these top destinations from temples to lakes

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Best Time to Visit

Time your trip to Myanmar for the best weather with this overview of the seasons

Currency

Top Travel Tips

Want to know whether you should tip at restaurants? Or where you can find ATMs?

Visas

Tourist Visas

Check visa requirements before you travel and what you need to know to obtain one

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Multi-country Tours

Combine Myanmar with other Southeast Asian countries including Thailand

Get to know Myanmar (Burma)

Recommended Reading

  • Burmese Days
    by George Orwell
  • The Glass Palace
    by Amitav Ghosh
  • From the Land of Green Ghosts
    by Pascal Khoo Thwe
Did you know...?

Facts about Myanmar (Burma)

  • The Burmese are a superstitious bunch and will not cut their hair on Mondays, Fridays or their birthdays.
  • The village of Taukkyan in Myanmar is home to the world's third largest World War II cemetery.
  • Surprisingly, Myanmar has a thriving wine-producing industry with Sauvignon and Chardonnay just some of the popular varieties.

Myanmar Travel Advice for South African Travellers

The safety of our travellers is paramount and we closely monitor travel advisories to Myanmar. We recommend that you check the latest travel advice from the consular in South Africa before you travel.

Flying to Myanmar from South Africa:

Flight times between South Africa vary between 15-19 hours depending on which city you depart from and which route you fly. Several airlines operate the route between South Africa's major cities and Yangon, the international transport hub of Myanmar, with at least one transit stop en route. From Johannesburg Singapore Airlines via Singapore is one of the fastest options and they also fly from Cape Town. Cathay Pacific is another option from Johannesburg though two stops are required, one in Hong Kong and one in Bangkok. Another great option is Emirates who fly direct from Dubai to Yangon with daily flights to Dubai available from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Check out Travelstart for flight deals from South Africa to Myanmar.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Myanmar Tourist Organisation site and the latest Myanmar Weather Updates from the BBC.