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Arriving In Myanmar Guide (Things To Know & Tips)

Arriving In Myanmar Guide (Things To Know & Tips)

We couldn’t have felt any more welcome when arriving in Myanmar. So here’s everything you need to know when stepping onto the soil of Burma.

Airport Transfers

One of the strangest things we found at when arriving in Myanmar, is that there is no public transport within walking distance of Yangon airport.

So you will NEED to book a transfer.

The best option is to prebook your Yangon Airport: Private Transfer here.

Have everything organised and ready for you when you land, and take the worry out of standing in long lines for taxi’s. Or getting ripped off on prices.

Book your Yangon Airport Transfer: Yangon Airport: Private Transfer

Sim Cards

Myanmar sim cards are a simple to get hold of.

There are 3 main options in terms of provider:

MPT, Telenor or Ooredoo.

We spoke to a few locals who all said MPT is the best for signal all over Myanmar.

We paid 1500 Kyat for the SIM itself, then 3000 Kyat for a 2GB data bundle and relied on Wifi for the rest of our travels.

Street Food Yangon Street Food Market

The street food in Yangon is unreal!

What To Expect In Yangon

As soon as we touched down at Yangon airport we were greeted by smiling faces, as well as the willingness to help.

Of course there was the usual taxi driver rush as we exited the air conditioned terminal, but that was to be expected.

After successfully finding our Yangon Airport Private Transfer and making our way to the city, we soon realised that Yangon is a happening place.

It’s a great introduction to Burmese culture, and although the hustle and bustle is just as daunting as any other city in Asia, this one has the most friendly atmosphere of them all.

Nobody stares or bothers you, and EVERYBODY will smile and welcome you into The Golden Land.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Click HERE for our full One Day In Yangon Itinerary – Best Things To Do In Yangon In A Day blog.

Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Golden Temple

Shwedagon Pagoda one of the most famous Myanmar monuments.

Where To Stay In Yangon

Luxury – Sedona Hotel – Situated on eight acres of landscaped gardens, Sedona Hotel Yangon boasts tastefully decorated rooms with free WiFi and various choices of dining outlets. It features rejuvenating facilities including a spa, fitness centre and a swimming pool. The air-conditioned rooms and suites come with local ethnic decor pieces and architecture. Amenities include a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and a safety deposit box. The private bathrooms come with a bath or shower, hairdryer and a set of fresh towels.

Mid-Budget – Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel – Equipped with luxury facilities, Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel offers a cruise accommodation with free WiFi in all areas. On board, guests will find a restaurant, a bar and a coffee shop. Free private parking is provided. This boat is 1.2 miles from Sule Pagoda and 2.8 miles from Shwedagon Pagoda. It is a 10-minute drive to the down town centre. Featuring air-conditioning, this accommodation provides a seating area and a working space. Guests enjoy a minibar and a flat-screen cable/satellite TV. A private bathroom features a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Budget – Hostel9 Yangon – Located in the heart of Chinatown area of Downtown Yangon, Hostel9 Yangon offers accommodation with free WiFi and a rooftop bar. Guests can relax in the lounge area where music, games and beer is available. The property is located within a walking distance to local attractions and offers free parking. Dormitory-style rooms or private rooms here provide guests with air conditioning and soundproofing. Some rooms feature a balcony and a safety deposit box. There are shower facilities and towels in the shared bathrooms.

For more places to stay in Yangon you can check the latest prices here.

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