Most Common FAQs for Myanmar Tours in 2014

The most common questions for Myanmar tours answered by experts will clear all your concerns while planning and booking tours with us.

 01. What is the correct name for the country: 'Burma' or 'Myanmar'?

Both names mean exactly the same and suffer the same insufficiency as both assign the name of the ruling ethnic group (namely the ‘Bamar’, or ‘Burmans’, or ‘Myanmar’) to the whole country, thus repeating a pattern of discrimination or complacency towards minorities. ‘Burma’ and ‘Myanmar’ are derived from Burmese words (more precisely, from the language of the ‘Bamar’, or ‘Burmans’), which differ only on a stylistic level.
The name ‘Myanmar’ was adopted by the regime in 1989 without any democratic legitimization. While we don’t actually mind using ‘Myanmar’, we would definitely prefer if this change would retrospectively be confirmed by a genuinely democratic decision.

02. Is Myanmar safe for tourists?

Yes. The conflict within Myanmar was too far in the past. Now most of Myanmar is in peace and safe for general travelers. You may sometime hear bad news of small explosions in Myanmar but please keep in mind that Myanmar is quite large country and the most popular places for tourists hardly witness such chaos. We have never been reported any case of our customers getting in trouble with safety issues when taking tours in Myanmar.

03. What is the next step, after I made a reservation with you?

After receiving your acceptance of tour, price and payment procedure, we will immediately make necessary arrangements which normally take about 2 working days. We will then send to you confirmation by e - mail with your booking status. You will then require to settle a 30% deposit in order to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance can be settled upon your arrival in Myanmar. 

04. How do I participate in your tour from my hometown?

Our Myanmar tours start once you arrive at the Yangon Airport in Myanmar <Burma>. You can depart from any country and start your tour upon arrival. Most common starting place is Yangon airport - via from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur where you can have a better connection flights from your home country. One of tour representatives - often a tour guide - will meet you at the arrival lounge upon your arrival.

05. Can I arrange my International air ticket with you?

Logically Yes! but we do not recommend to do so in fact. International air is best purchase at the point of starts. No agents in Yangon or in other country can offer you the better price than a agent at your starting country. We suggest you should consult with your local ticketing agent for cheapest prices.

06. How can I pay for tour?

MyanmarTour.com is a property of HIT Indochina Company (formerly named Holiday Indochina Company) with headquarter in Hanoi Vietnam then we will process your payment in Vietnam. We are integrating with Onepay, the first Online Payment Gateway and Vietcombank, the largest bank in Vietnam to process all card payment through our websites. Onepay Online Payment Gateway with SSL technology will process and encrypt your card information at international standards and store them at Card Organization Data center. Please refer our payment guidelines and learn how your card is protected.

07. Can I use credit card in Myanmar?

All major credit card service in Myanmar are very limited >> Updates Oct 2014:  Major cards are widely accepted in big hotels and restaurants at main cities. There are also AMTs installed in front of hotels and landmark. From our most recent feedback from our customers, ATM card and credit cards work fine at a fee about 3.5% per transaction.
Anyway, we recommend that you should prepare some cash for your daily expenses. US notes and local Myanmar currency are all welcome. Refer some notes of using money in Myanmar here.

08. How can I get Myanmar Visa?

At present, visitors must have a valid passport with an EVT <Entry Visa for Tourist> prior to enter Myanmar. EVT can be obtained at any Myanmar Embassy or Consulate offices with validity for 28 days. Application forms in duplicate with three-passport size photos are to be submitted with a fee of US$ 20 equivalent in their respective currency. 
Visa-on-Arrival - Can be arranged for those countries where Myanmar Embassy or Consulate office does not exists. >> Updates Oct 2014: VOA can be arranged by accessing to http://evisa.moip.gov.mm, following the steps, paying Online by credit cards and getting it done via Internet completely...details here.

09. Can I bring my mobile phone into Myanmar?

Local network in Myanmar is GMS which may be incompatible with CDMA technology in North America and EU. Buying SIM card in Myanmar can be quite expensive but now widely available >> Updates Oct 2014: buying a SIM card in Myanmar now is as cheap as US$ 02 at any mobile shop in main cities.
Otherwise, you may want to roam your services but it often results in high charges. Please check carefully with your service providers before departure

10. When is best time to visit Myanmar?

Myanmar country stretches in both height and width then it is various in weather and temperature. That means you can visit Myanmar all year round. We see our customers most favor from October to February due to this time is cool and there are many local festivals. If you want to get good deals and less crowded, May to September will be good time to travel. With beach lovers, March to May could be best when you can enjoy sea, sand and sun.

11. What are best places to visit in Myanmar?

This is the country new open its windows to the world. You can find amazing in each place you putting your feet on. Still, we have a list of top interesting places in an interacting map so that you can have some ideas to start with your Myanmar Tour (click here)

12. How much a Myanmar tour costs?

Well, it is hard to say how much your tour will cost because it will depend many things such as: your accommodation, your group size, your activities you are interested in ect…However as far as our experience we see cost of traveling to Myanmar a bit higher than Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Then if you take tour to Vietnam before, we suggest you should prepare a more generous budget for the equivalent tour length and services standards.

13. How far should I plan tour to Myanmar?

Generally speaking ….the further the better, as travel services in Myanmar as well as the whole country is just newly open to the world. They have never been accommodated such high volume of passengers before. Then the infrastructure is sometimes insufficient. We believe the situation will change soon while until now we must be adapted with real scenario. We often see our customers book their Myanmar Tours at least 2 to 3 months prior departure or even 6 months for some cases.

14. How good Internet communication in Myanmar?

Internet connection is now widely available in Myanmar. Wifi can be accessed from most of hotels. The signal is fairly good and/or may require to change your proxy to get connected. 

15. What vehicle will be used in my Myanmar Tour?

We must admit that the cars in Myanmar are not the newest models as yours in Western countries. This is the country policy not allow to import brand-new cars with high quotas. But we can guarantee that our vehicles is top comfortable ones in Myanmar with air conditioning, comfort space for your legs and luggage, high hygiene.

16. What is meals included in your Myanmar tours?

Daily breakfast and welcome dinner are included in our Myanmar tours as our general standards. All trips on cruises will supply full board meal plan. In some places where is not easy enough for you to getting around and buying food, meals will be added to your tours, too. We indicate clearly meal plan in each tour offered for you so please read your Myanmar tour program carefully or talk with our consultants to clarify.

17. Is it easy to travel by public transport or taxi in Myanmar?

There is public transport in big cities of Myanmar but we do not recommend you using then due to low vehicles conditions and crowdedness. Taxi is easy to catch in big cities and you should ask for price before getting in. Taxi drivers do not often use meter machine to calculate the price but it does not mean they are cheating on you. This is the whole situation of taxi there and we may see this change in coming time.
We suggest you should refer our experiences on Local Bus transfer and Train travel to decided which mode of transportaion will fit you.

18. Which activities recommend for my tour to Myanmar?

That will be very various. Myanmar is famous for pagoda and stupas, then you must see some bests of them. However, to avoid overwhelming with religious related topics, we recommend you should add other activities to your Myanmar Tours such as: beach, balloon riding, biking, cruising ect. If you don’t know much about this, just tell to our consultant your desire then we will be happy to customize a best Myanmar tour just for you.

19. How much I have to deposit? How long I have to pay the balance

Booking Myanmar tours with us, we guarantee not only best services but most comfortable payment schedule. Your deposit is not little than 20% while not exceed than 30% of the total. The balance will be made even upon arrival to Myanmar to our Rep office there. You will be risk free when booking with a tour company thousand kilometers far away.

20. Last but not least, what happen if I want to cancel the tour?

In any case under Acts of God such as: storm, tsunami, bad weather, natural disasters or out-of-control situation such as: bombing, political rebels, government policies changing, cancellation by airlines ect, we will make full refund to your account.
In case that you want to cancel Myanmar tours under your own desire, the cancellation must follow our Booking Term and Conditions showing in this website
Finally, whatever the situation is, we will do our all efforts to make your cancellation and refund without any hassle and as easy as booking Myanmar tours with us.
Last updated on Nov 2014