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Things to know before you travel to Myanmar – your plan for a perfect tour

Today, Myanmar is a country that tops the bucket lists of every backpacker. With over 100 ethnic tribes living in the same country, and with people wearing their traditional clothes still, Myanmar is indeed a great destination to travel to. But know these things before you go!


The best time to be in Myanmar

They say the best time to visit this amazing country is from November to February as the weather is cool and pleasant. You won't be then hindered by the rain or even the heat. But you'll surely be hindered by the hotel charges which are at their peak and by the terrific crowds at almost all Myanmar attractions. So, you may try somewhere around May-June during which the country will be little hot (not in an unbearable way) and visit all attractions leisurely while also enjoying reasonable rates.


About where to stay

One thing you should know is that the tourism sector of Myanmar is developing in leaps and bounds. A blog post that you read 5 months ago about rates and amenities of a Yangon hotel in Myanmar, can go all wrong today because things are changing so fast. When you have fixed your dates, make sure you then prioritize on hotel reservations which can be done simply online. Popular resorts such as Sedona Hotel Yangon may have great options and offers for you, so make your bookings well in advance and get rid of one big burden as simply as that!


Making your payments

Myanmar is a cash-based country. So, make sure you have cash with you whenever you do a transaction. You may use your dollars to pay for long-distance busses and even for your hotel, but the dollar notes that you offer should be fresh. If the dollars you give are not clean and crisp, they will not accept, and you will face this inconvenience wherever you go. When it comes to ATMs in Myanmar, there are a few you find in the cities, and they will surely increase in their numbers in the time to come.


Getting around in Myanmar

There are various modes such as taxis and buses that you can use for city transportation in Myanmar. But, in some cities, you find some strange methods. For example, in Bagan, you can commonly see a horse-drawn carriage as a form of a taxi. Buses can be booked in advance through apps and if it is a VIP bus that you are booking, you can expect to enjoy luxuries such as food services, plug outlets, blankets and even recliner chairs.


Respecting their culture

Myanmar has many pagodas and other religious places. When you visit them, make sure you dress quite decently and do not forget to remove your shoes before entering them. Inside a temple, you should not point at a Buddha statute with your feet because that will be regarded as a sign of disrespect to Buddhism in Myanmar.

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