10 Interesting Facts about Myanmar

10 Interesting Facts about Myanmar

Myanmar recently is one of the most attractive destinations in Asia. Let find out some interesting facts about this land of golden pagodas.

  1. Burmese New Year is in April
    Thingyan, Water Festival
    Thingyan, Water Festival

    Thingyan or Water Festival is the New Year’s celebration which occurs in April every year. It normally last for 3 days. All shops and restaurants are closed during the festival. People will splash the water on each other because they believe that water will wash of the sins and bad luck of the previous year.

  2. No motorbike in Yangon
    Bagan streets
    Bagan streets

    You will rarely see any motorbike in the downtown Yangon. This is because the government banned this mean of transport since 2003.  Burmese people drive personal cars or use public transport instead.

  3. Breathtaking beaches
    Ngapali Beach
    Ngapali Beach

    Myanmar has more than 2,000 km of coastline and one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The beaches stretch on Bengal Bay and most of them are still pristine. Among them, the most famous beach is Ngapali which is 45 minutes flight from Yangon.

  4. Keep your Bills clean
    Worthless bill in Myanmar
    Worthless bill in Myanmar

    There is a plenty of ATMs in Burma but few of them accept foreign cards. You had better bring enough money and keep your bills very clean, no stain, not many creases and absolutely no torn or ripped money paper. Otherwise, the Burmese sellers and moneychangers will refuse your money because in their perception, those cash are worthless.

    Besides the Kyat – local currency, US dollar is widely accepted in Burma.

  5. Kissing sound to call waiters
    Myanmar coffee shop
    Myanmar coffee shop

    To attract attention of the waiter, Burmese make a kissing sound, usually two or three short kisses. Hence, do not surprise when you hear many of that sound in the Myanmar streets.

  6. National costume
    National Costume
    National Costume

    Longyi is the national costume in Myanmar. It is a wraparound skirt that is worn by both men and women. Burmese men will make a tight knot in front while women fold the cloth over and secure it at the side. Wearing Longyi is also viewed as the way to deal with 40oC temperature.

  7. Use right hand
    Use right hand
    Use right hand

    Eating with left hand is considered as a rude action in Myanmar as left hand is only for personal hygiene. Thus, when handling food or giving money to somebody, you should use your right hand.

  8. Chewing betel nut
    Chewing betel nut
    Chewing betel nut

    Chewing betel nut is a daily habit of every Burmese. People sell betel stalls everywhere in the streets. A small betel nut combines with palm-sized green leave, spices and maybe a pinch of tobacco. They constantly chew betel in order to stain the teeth into dark red color.

  9. Thanaka face make up
    Thanaka
    Thanaka

    Thanaka is the distinctive face cosmetic paste made from the ground bark and grinding water. Burmese believe that Thanaka is similar with sunblock, it is also anti-aging and acne prevention.

  10. Land of minerals
    Myanmar jems
    Myanmar jems

    Myanmar is rich of minerals, including base metasl (iron, copper, zinc, tin, gold and silver), energy source (coal) to gems (sapphires, rubies, jade, etc.). 90% of the world’s rubies came from Myanmar in the past.

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Top three pagodas muss seen in Myanmar

Once talking to exclusive Myanmar holiday, every people may think about the golden pagodas with different architectures.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is one of the most beautiful wonders in the world. It is called land of Buddhism. On Sagaings hill on the bank of Irrawddy River, there are many pagodas and monasteries, which are living place of more than 5000 nuns and monks. In the morning, visitors may see the monks bringing small bowls and walking around for food donation. Almost of the local people stay in pagoda for at least a few months, and many families have to save money to prepare for their sons or daughters to live there. In Myanmar, there is a worship day names Shin-pyu, in which young people will be accepted to live in pagoda after taking some rituals.

There are some pagodas in Bagan that visitors can travel in exclusive Myanmar holiday.

Golden Rock (Mon State)

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Locates about 200 km from Yangon, Golden Rock stays about 1.100 meters above the sea level. It belongs to a small pagoda names Kyaiktyo. Golden Rock is well known among visitors because of its wanderous position and special appearance.

Kyaiktyo Pagoda lies at the top of the rock and if visitors want to visit the pagoda, they have to pass over the rock. The surface of the rock is covered by gold and there is an unspoken rule among Myanmar people that only men can stand near the rock.

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Shwedagon Pagoda

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Shwedagon Pagoda locates in the city of Yangon. It is the most famous and respectful place in Myanmar. It is the place preserve 4 treasures of Buddha includes Kakusandha Buddha stick, a piece cloth of Kassapa Buddha, a treasure to make pure water of Koṇāgamana Buddha and 8 hairpieces of Shakyamuni Buddha. All of the treasures are kept in the main temple – a temple has 99 meter height. The temple locates at the top of Singuttara Hill, where visitors can capture the whole Yangon.

From the foothill, there are four ways lead to Shwedagon Pagoda and each way is guarded by a couple statues of stone lions. On the east and south roads lie many stores selling worshipping objects and spiritual practice tools.

Shwezigon Pagoda

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Shwezigon is the second largest pagoda in Myanmar. It stays in Bagan – the ancient capital. Was built in 12th century, the pagoda has a magnificent design. The pagoda is covered by very thin slices of gold; and under the sunlight, visitors can see the pagoda shining. Even in normal days, the pagoda is still noisy with local Buddhists.

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Shwedagon Pagoda – Golden Icon of Myanmar

It was a belief among Myanmar people that Shwedagon – a pagoda was built more than 2.500 years ago, keeps inside 8 hairpieces of Buddha. It is the largest and one of the most respectful pagodas in Myanmar. Shwedagon is a complex of small pagodas and temples, and visitors from bespoke Myanmar tours are always amused by a 99 meter height temple. Almost of the pagodas are coated with gold and decorated with hundreds gems and to many bespoke Myanmar tours, Shwedagon is usually the first destination.

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Locates near the center of Yangon, Shwedagon is one of the most worshipful places in Myanmar. Eve in weekdays, it is still crowded with Buddhists.

Stays at the peak of Singuttara Hill, Shwedagon is both spacious and majesty. In four directions lie the steps lead into the pagoda. The north gate of the pagoda has a couple statues of lions, which have the height of 9 meters, look to the direction of the city center.

Visitors have to pay 5 USD for ticket to get into Shwedagon. The golden pagoda is the most well-known pagoda in Myanmar and it is also famous worldwide thanks to its religious design. Every people has to leave his shoes outside and walks barefoot to visit the pagoda. The moment of sunset is also the noisiest period of the place, when local people finish their work and go there to pray. No one knows exactly when Shwedagon was built; even oldest persons heard stories about the existence of the thousand-year-old place from their parents. According to some archaeologists, Shwedagon was built 2.500 years ago.

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Both of the main temple and surrounding pagodas are covered by thin slices of gold. At the top of the main temple hang thousands of golden and silver bells.

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The complex of golden pagoda includes 1.000 temples and smaller pagodas surrounding the 99-meter-height temple. Among them, there are 72 pagodas made of stone. The others are covered by gold. They worship Buddha and place Buddha statues in the most respectful places. In the sunrise and sunset, visitors can see the roofs of the pagodas shining.

The more visitors are attracted by the appearance of the golden complex, the more they are overwhelmed by architecture inside the pagodas and the main temple. Almost of the furniture is carved by sophisticated craftsmen and they are covered with 8.690 slices of gold. And all visitors will be amused to know that the pagoda is decorated with 5.450 diamonds in all sizes and 2.320 gems! Moreover, the main temple is coated by 9.300 golden slices with total weight of 500 kg.

As recommended from bespoken Myanmar tours, the most suitable time to visit the unique pagoda is sunset. All visitors should wear long pants and long shirts because it is a requirement of the Buddhism country.

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What will you do if you have a 7-day luxury Myanmar trip?

It is suggested that you should visit Inle Lake, Bagan ancient capital and Golden Rock Mountain and spend 2 days on each to discover all the special things for a luxury Myanmar trip.

Bagan ancient capita: 2 days

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Bagan still has more than 2000 pagodas and temples on the area of 42 km2. You should rent a carriage or a bike to visit around Bagan all day without any rush. You can enjoy the mysterious dawn and sunset on the balloon. The streets on Bagan is very clean with the two parallel lines of green trees. Local people are friendly, simple and hospitable.

Far from Bagan about 45 minutes by car is Taung Kalat Temple located on the top of Popa volcano is the spiritual house of Myanmar people. It is believed that the volcano is the home to the supreme Nat deity, relating to the Olympus Mountain. With the peaceful and relaxing feelings, trying to live as slow as possible is what Bagan will bring to you in 2-day luxury Myanmar trip.

Inle Lake: 2 days

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Different from the overwhelmed and admirable feelings when standing in front of the Bagan ancient temple, Inle Lake will make you feel tiny among the immense lake sparkling the rays of sunlight.

It is typical to row a boat by foot in Inle Lake. Not only do you feel very relaxed in here when sitting in a boat through villages along the bank of the lake, local children with Thanakan lines waving their hands enthusiastically but also remember the moment of from waiting for the sunset to the sunlight hidden behind the mountain range when you sit silently on the boat bobing on the waves. Then, all left is the quiet and peaceful lake area.

Golden Rock Mountain: 2 days

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In Golden Rock, there is a Kyaiktiyo pagoda on the mountain, 1.100m above sea level. This sacred rock has a cliffy position on another rock (only 78 cm2 of surface exposes with that rock). Although the golden surface right near the mountain edge is on the falling at any time, it turns out to stand firmly through many years.

There is 7.3-meter church tower on the top. Many people strongly said that thanks to a hair-made “sarira” (seven colors head shrine) of Buddha, the rock can exist in 2000 years

If having a luxury Myanmar trip, you should spend one night staying there to listen to the tinkle of wind bell and chanting sound in murmurs to make your soul feel restful and the extremely close link between the present and the past.

Yangon capital: 1 day

You should spend one day in Yangon capital paying a visit to Shwsdagon pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San market and Sule pagoda. Buit in more than 2.500 years, Shwedagon has been known as the place keeping 8 hair strands of Buddha. The main tower of the pagoda is 98m high and covered by 30 tons of gold and hundreds of diamonds

Not only does Bogyoke jewelry market sell jewelries but almost the handicraft products of Myanmar with the price ranging from hundreds to ten thousands kyat.

Sule pagoda has the unique feature of Mon group’s architecture with the octagonal shape to the top. Around the pagoda, there are 10 bronze bells with years and the name of prayers carved on. 4 presbyteries have lots of banana and coconut. On the floor is the large marble foot prints known as the Buddha feet are decorated with golden leaves. It also keeps a hair strand the Buddha gave to two Myanmar business brothers as a lagend.

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Top 10 Myanmar travel destinations

Myanmar is a holy land of Buddha with golden pagodas, monks in red and ancient monasteries. Additionally, many beautiful landscapes in Myanmar is the key to keep the tourists.

We are honored to introduce top 10 Myanmar travel destinations you must know when having a Burma luxury travel

 

  • Shwedagon pagoda (Yangon)

 

It is the golden symbol of Myanmar with 2.500 years old. The top of the golden tower is 98 meters in height with many smaller towers around. Through wars and disasters, Shwedagon is still the pagoda of the first magnitude in the world

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  • Golden Rock (Mon State)

 

Far from Yangon about 200km, the rock located on 1.100 in height with the small pagoda Kyaiktyo creates a unique complex. Golden Rock is famous for its tottery level and golden surface.

If you want to go to Kyaiktyo on the top, you surely walk through this golden rock.

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  • Shwezigon pagoda (Bagan)

 

Located in Bagan (the ancient capital of Pagan kingdom, there is gather of small and medium sized temples), Shwezigon is the second largest golden pagoda in Myanmar. It was built in 12th century. Its structure is as sparkling as Shwedagon does.

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  • Shwesandaw (Bagan)

 

If you are in Bagan, come to visit Shwesandaw in the sunset to enjoy the scene of the sun that is down. Standing from the pagoda, you can view all legendary Bagan. With thousands of temples and towers.

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  • Ananda temple

 

Also located in Bagan, Ananda was built in the 11th – 12th century. This is the eloquent evidence for a resplendent time of Bagan capital and the unique architect of Bagan kindom

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  • Mahamuni (Mandalay)

 

Mandalay is the ancient capital of Myanmar, where there are many pagodas, temples and the great number of monks. Mahamuni temple that is the golden symbol of Mandalay was built in 18th century

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  • Inhwa village (Mandalay)

 

Inhwa is a beautiful village on Ayeyarwady river bank. This ancient village is the famous travel destination with valuable relics such as Bagaya Kyaung monastery built by 267 giant wood poles. Remarkably, the lifestyle or living way as the customs and habits in hundreds of years is also a unique feature to attract tourists.

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  • Mingun village (Madalay)

 

Mingun has lots of historical relics and landscapes, in which, the most remarkable things are Mingun bell and a pair of Chinthe statues, considered as the valuables. Chinthe (half lemon and half dragon) is a giant couple of statues.

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  • Ubein bridge (Mandalay)

 

Ubein bridge in ancient Amarapura village is the world’s longest wood-made bridge (1.2km). Nearly 2000-year-old bridge across the river is the way to home of the villagers in Amarapura. The sunset scene on Ubein bridge is so strongly impressive and bright that all tourists will remember forever.

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  • Inle Lake (Shan)

 

With 11km in width, 22km in length from the north to the south, when floating in the lake, you will experience different emotions.

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Inle Lake

Being far war away from the burning weather in the Ancient Capital Bagan, Nyangshwe Town (locates in Shan, Myanmar) welcome visitors with the cool and fresh air. Stays on the height of 800 meter above sea level, the temperature in Nyanshwe is balanced by Inle Lake (the second largest fresh water in Myanmar with the surface area of 250 km2). It is the most suitable place for a holiday to Burma. The best time to visit Inle Lake is from September to October. It is a period of many traditional festivals and during the time, the water in the lake is full so visitors can easily travel around by boat.

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Fisherman throw cage to trap fish.

The only transport for visitors in Inle Lake is electric boat. The boat has a tapered shape with the look of bamboo leave with a sharp end. Sitting on the boat, visitors can notice the white waves made by the duck-legs, and they and cause large ripples on the crystal lake. Enjoying the wild life, watching normal activities of local people and being surprised by the romantic landscape are the best way for visitors to spend holidays to Burma. It cost around 15-20 USD per day for a boat (it can bring 4-5 persons).

The boat is designed to travel with both low and high speed, and they can easily wriggle around narrow and shallow canals, go through viscous mud appears in dry season and pass though thickets of reeds to bring visitor to small floating villages. Intha people that live on resources of Inle Lake have the skill of rowing in blood. They can easily control the movement of their boats by leg. They stand at the end of the boat and with one hand holding their boats, their legs skillfully drive the paddles. The other hand, they use to trawling. The most common tools used by fisherman in Inle Lake are large cages to fish trapping. Because of the fact that seaweed in Inle Lake flourishes and grows densely, they cannot use big trawls. However, in some floating houses, visitors can encounter wide trawls keeping hundred fish. Normal fresh water fish in Inle Lake have the weight around 2-3 kg.

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Floating villages locate on the water surface.

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Besides fishing, local people on Inle Lake have unique technique for growing hydroponic tomatoes. On the water surface, local people build bamboo pillar to make rig and collect seaweed to make a special “soil” for tomato growing. Step by the step, they make the floating garden the largest tomato supporter in Myanmar.

On Inle Lake, there is a large cigarette factory. In the factory, there are only women working on preliminary, marinated and packaged processing stages. The cigarette is made of some herb with tobacco leaves, some are mixed with cinnamon, and other has banana taste. Smoking on Inle Lake would be an unforgettable experience for your holiday to Burma.

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FAIR MARKETS IN HIGHLANDS

Ha Giang fair market is held once per week. There are some fairs organized on animal designation days or it is also called backward market. For instance, last week, the fair was held on Sunday, then next week it would be held on Monday as Lung Phin fair which is held on Tiger and Monkey day, XaPhin is held on Snake and Pig day,…

Exciting things in the fair market

Today, the fair is often organized on Saturday or Sunday from very early in the morning when the sun has not risen yet. Those people living on halfway on the mountain and far away hills up to “three knives thrown” go down to the market since the dew and gentle clouds are still sleeping by the mountain’s slope.

“Come as dated”, streams of people going down from the high mountains, from the valley to the market make the fair more crowded, busy and noisy than quiet usual days.

Highland fairs have had great influence on people’s thoughts and lifestyle here as well as other visitors coming to contemplate the beauty of highland fairs.

Each ethnic group brings its own character and beauty to the fair. Visit highland market, everyone will be immersed in colorful brocade, beautiful Nung, Dao, Mong, Lo Lo… girls in their traditional costumes which creates the fanciful, colorful and joyful atmosphere on this day.

Walking around the market and have some fun with highland fair makes us feel the real mystery beauty inside. No need to show it off but it still remains the humanistic and natural beauty.

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Local products sold and exchanged at the market are the crystallization of their diligent labor in highland where people have so many difficulties in life such as water and land shortages but they still move on and live happily with their passion. Moreover, those products also express their “life’s breath” culture of each ethnic group, for example, linen, brocade craves, food, musical instruments (Hmong pan-pipes) shops…

People coming to the market also have many different purposes: exchange, trade, meeting, love… All of those have forged the beauty of highland fairs. At any markets, we will see “thang co” pots are boiling and people drink wine, eat traditional dishes.

Everyone drinks to get drunk in love, in gratitude and in stories. Fair market is the place where people come to meet, share and pull string for each other. The girls will choose for themselves the most gorgeous dress to wear. Splendid dresses, graceful smiles, skillful and passionate pan-pipes sounds have connected many couples together.

They fall in love with each other since the first dance, first song and the first pan-pipe sound and they are just keeping dating to each other at fair markets which have become the nostalgia to people coming to market.

The diligence and love of Ha Giang women are expressed by actions, they go to the market, work hard to produce skillful and great products from silk and linen. On fair day, anywhere, we can meet faithful and gentle wives are holding umbrellas for their drunk husbands and lead the horse home.

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Besides exchanging products, local people also exchange the culture as well. Cultural galas, art propaganda guidelines and policies of the Party and State’s law are also taken place on the market day by agencies organized functional units in order to raise awareness of people; propagate cultural life and promote the nation’s cultural identity. The skits, repertoire and dance also reflect the lives, customs and traditions of the people of the highlands, the intangible culture, which attract many people to view and interact with and which haave become “a spiritual food” important, meaningful for the people.

Now, the lives of the people grows, markets are also many changes but the traditional beauty, the cultural identity of people forever endure and are still the unique traits of the regional highland markets Ha Giang.

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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MYANMAR

Because Myanmar is just opened to visitors in recently years, the development of facilities in the country cannot meet demands of the rapidly increasing number of visitors. After one year, the price for tourism services in Myanmar increases by 100%. So the visitors, especially the one who like to have a private Myanmar tour, should read the tips for their safe and economical trip.

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Visitors can find modern hostel or stay in a traditional style hotel in Bagan with affordable price. It is picture of Nyaung U Hotel in Myanmar.

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In Myanmar, the price of hotels on Internet can varied from 30 USD to 40 USD per nights. Some visitors can heritage to book a private Myanmar tour, because the price of a single room is nearly similar to a double room. But in fact, it is not difficult to find a resting place in Myanmar. Visitors can choice to book a room on a recommended website, or search directly for a suitable room in each tourism place. Because of the fact that almost of the hotels in Myanmar do not have website, visitors have to work wth an intermediary for a room with higher prices. Some hotels leave their email on the Internet, but they hardly answer guests through email because their rooms are usually fulfilled. However, as long as visitors know the places where the hotels gather, they can easily find a suitable room. In Mandalay, many hotels locate on 85th Road in the city center. In Bagan visitors can easily find a cozy place in Nyaung-Oo. In Nyaungshwe, the place around the market (about 2 minutes on foot from bus station) and in Yagon, China Town are streets of hotels. Go out from the bus, visitors can take a motorbike or taxi and ask them for the places. Even in the high peak of tourism, visitors can find a satisfied room.

In fact, the rooms in almost of the hotels are not too expensive. For a single room with fully equipped in a guest house and hotel, the price is from 15-20 USD per night. There are some hotels with affordable price for private tour: Joe Lay Guesthouse (Mandalay), Eden Motel (Bagan), Winner Guesthouse (Bagan) and Diamond Star Hotel (Nyaungshwe, Inle Lake). The price includes breakfast with omelet, breads, butter and jam, coffee, juice and fruits. In Joe Lay Guesthouse, they offer breakfast with Myanmar style (noodle with vegetable, fried rice and so on).

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Joe Yoe Lay, a hostel locates near the city center of Mandalay, has very cozy rooms and satisfied service.

The service in hotels is perfect. Almost of the rooms are fully equipped and clean. The hotels offer cheap and very convenient laundry service (about 0.5 USD for a pair of pant and shirt). The staff members are enthusiastic and friendly. They can help visitors to plan their trips, call the taxi or motorbike or book the ticket at any time. Some staff can wake up early to prepare breakfast for visitors and help them for their trips, or check in/out at 3 or 4 a.m. Because there are many buses arrived so the staff members work nearly 24/24.

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How to planning your Myanmar tour Part two

The previous part includes the method to booking intercity bus and exchanging money in Myanmar. In the part, visitors can have specific information about domestic travel in the path chosen by Myanmar luxury travel: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay.

1. Transports in Yangon
There are many taxis waiting on the two sides outside the airport, so visitors can easily pick one to their hotel. In Myanmar, people should ask the fee for their trips before going on the taxis. Almost of the visitors can have lower cost for a taxi in Departure place than in Arrive place in the airport, because the taxi already brings guests from the city center to the airport, and they need someone to share the petrol money on the way back. One important note is, before using any public transports, visitors should ask the cost and make a deal with the drivers. There are some cases, drivers cannot speak English, so visitors can ask them to write on paper to prevent misunderstanding.

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Taxi is the most convenient transport in Yangon. However, all of the taxis do not have trip meter and the visitors should make a deal before starting their jouneys.

One taxi without air conditioner from Yangon Airport to Shwedagon Pagoda can carry 6 persons and it cost 5.000 Kyat (5USD) for total. The one with air conditioner cost 7.000 Kyats (7 USD). After visit Shwedagon, if go to Aung Mingalar Station to go to Bagan, tourists can take a taxi with the cost of 7.000 Kyats. The taxi with air conditioner from Yangon Airport to Sule Pagoda costs 6.000 Kyats (6 USD).
In Aung Mingalar Station, to have the best price for a trip to Yangon Airport, visitors can walk a little bit to the street and catch a taxi with the cost of 3.000 Kyats.

2. Transports in Bagan
The most popular public vehicles are horse cart and bicycle. One horse cart can carry 3 persons and they are willing to take visitors to tourism places all day with the cost of 25.000 Kyats (24-25 USD). A half day trip takes 15.000 Kyats (around 14 USD).
If having more time, one who visits Bagan in autumn should hire a bicycle or electric bicycle to fully enjoy the beauty and the cool weather there. A bicycle costs 1.500 Kyats (1.5 USD) and an electric bicycle costs 6.000-7.000 Kyats (6-7 USD) for one day.

3. Transports in Mandalay
Myat Mandalar Station in Madalay offers visitors taxi service for Myanmar luxury travel to all of the famous places including Mahamuni Pagoda, U-Bein Woody Bridge, Sagaing Hill and Inwa Ancient Capital. One half-day trip from the morning to mid-day costs 50 USD. From the city to Inwa Ancient Capital, visitors have to take a boat to go through the river. One round-trip ticket takes 1.000 Kyats (1 USD). In Inwa, they can hire a horse cart to travel around the place with the cost of 8 USD.

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Cow taxi – a popular vehicle in Mingun Old Village, Mandalay

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If visitors have one more day to spend in Mandalay, Mingun Old Village is a promising place. The village protects pagoda, monastic and some important relics of Myanmar’s History. One round-trip boat from Mandalay to Mingun costs 30.000 Kyats (around 29 USD) and in Mingun, visitors can use the most popular transports to travel: Cow Taxi! One taxi can carry 5 persons and it costs 5 USD in total for one trip.

Nguyen Le translate from vnexpress.net

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How to planning your Myanmar tour

The information of transport fee and the way to travel from place to place will be valuable for your Myanmar luxury travel and help you to get Yagon, Madalay or Inle Lake easily. One promising path that is chosen by many luxury travels is Yangon – Bagan – mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin and Inle Lake.

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Inle Lake – one of the most famous destinations in Myanmar

1. Booking airfares and bus tickets
Air tickets to Myanmar
The airlines usually launch sale off campaign to boost the luxury tours to Myanmar. To go to Yangon, visitors can book a cheap round-trip ticket or fly to Bangkok and then buy a domestic ticket.

Internal bus ticket
Visitors can book ticket online from Seven Diamond Express Company for their trips via email. They can choose to go to the office to get the tickets directly, or wait until going to the airport and use the delivery service offering by the company. There is price list of some trips offered by Seven Diamond:
Yangon – Bagan (Ye’ Thu Aung Bus): 20.000 Kyats (around 19 USD)
Bagan – Mandalay (Myat Mandalar): 9.500 Kyats (9 USD)
Mandalay (Myat mandalar) – Heho: 12.000 Kyats (11 USD)
Heho (Shwe Nyaung) – Yangon (Yan Kyee Aung): 25.000 Kyats (24 USD)
They also offer delivery service to the airport with the cost of 10.000 Kyats (10 USD)
Some visitors can buy the bus ticket from Mandalay to Pyin Oo in the reception in their hotels to visit Pyin Oo Highland (it costs 8.600 Kyats or 8 USD for the air-condition bus).

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Intercity buses in Myanmar are quite modern and comfortable

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2. Making plans and suitable schedule
Together with above trips, there are many attractive destinations for tourists to advance Myanmar. Each region has its own features and famous sightseeing: Swedagon Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market in Yangon; Atumashi Wooden monastery and Mandalay Hill in Mandalay and the new capital Naypyidaw. Each place takes 2 days to tourists to visit and relax, so they should pay seven to ten days for a luxury travel if don’t want to miss anything.

3. Foreign currency
Tourist can exchange USD (the money should be new and have no curling at the corner) to Myanmar currency (Kyat) in the foreign currency exchange counters in the airports. The rate is updated each 10 minutes so 100 USD can exchange to from 88.400 to 90.000 Kyats. The money is quite thick and big, printed densely with colorful patterns and local numbers. Although the value is high, the denomination is small. Therefore, the value of the unit can be calculated by the thickness of the pile of money.

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Visitors can find the currency exchange counters in Myanmar airport

Since 1990 until now, Myanmar circulates a lot of money with different denominations from 1 Kyat to 10.000 Kyats (issued in 2012). In daily activities, the money with lower denomination than 100 Kyats is hardly used and the one with higher denomination than 1000 Kyats is paid for luxury products in shopping malls.

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