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TRAVEL TIPS

CREDIT CARD
Credit card can be used only at few hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. We recommend bringing a sufficient amount of cash for personal expenses. The exchange of traveler cheques as well is very difficult and time consuming. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays.

ATMs
Visa and Marster cardholders (Debits and Credits) can withdraw local currency from ATMs (300,000 Kyats per time and 3 times a day) in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. Remark: ATMs are depending on the Internet connection.

CURRENCY
Please be warned that torn, dirty and stained notes might not be accepted.
There may be difficult to change Old, folded or torn USD cash. All bank, hotels, airline accept NEW USD notes. Local Currency called KYAT. There are Money changers at the airport and Yangon city area, they open from 10am to 2pm.
Now you can withdraw local currency KYATS from your Master card & Visa Card through ATM machine which you can find at Airports, Supermarkets, and banks.
Custom regulations
The basic principle of customs policy in Myanmar is that visitors should exit the country with the same goods and personal possessions that they brought in. Any foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of USD 2,000, jewelry, cameras, video cameras, and professional recording equipments should be declared on your customs declaration form upon arrival. Exports of antique and archaeologically valuable items are prohibited.
Foreigners can bring any foreign currency into Myanmar not in excess of US$ 2000 or its equivalent without making a declaration to Customs on arrival. Only gems and jewelries purchased at the licensed dealers, or who can issue an export permit are allowed to be taken out of Myanmar.

DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS
Upon confirmation of a reservation, require a deposit to settle to Asia Time Travels & Tours Co.,Ltd. to secure all travel services. Normally the balance of the tour price should be paid at least 30 days in advance unless other arrangements are agreed when booking is confirmed. For special groups or for services during certain peak periods normal deposit fees may be increased by our Providers. Please inquire upon booking.
Driving
An international driving license is accepted. Penalties for motorists that hit a pedestrian are extremely severe, regardless of who was at fault. We therefore strongly recommend that visitors to Myanmar do not attempt to drive.

CHILD POLICY
Child 12 years old and above will falls into adult air-fair.

AIRPORT TAX
Any passengers departing Myanmar on international flights will need to pay a departure tax at the prevailing rate. As of March 2006 the fee is US$ 10.00 per person. Air port passenger service charges Kyats 1000/Per way Per Pax will be charge upon Air Ticket for all domestic airfare.

TIME
Local time is GMT + 6.5 hours.
WEATHER
Myanmar has three tropical climates.
Rainy : June to September
Cold : October to February
Summer : March to May
Although the effects of the “rainy” season varies across the country. Yangon is very hot and humid during the “summer” and “rainy” season (March to September) and although Yangon and surrounding areas have a lot of rain during summer, end of October to beginning of May is the best time to visit Myanmar.

Time of good travelling
Low Season (May-Sep)
The southwest monsoon starts mid-May and peaks from July to September. The dry zone between Mandalay and Pyay gets the least rain. Rain can make roads impassable anywhere (especially in the delta region).

Shoulder (Oct-Nov, Mar-Apr)
March to May Yangon often reaches 104ºF (40ºC). Areas around Bagan and Mandalay are hotter. Cooler in the hill towns of Shan State. All forms of transport booked solid during Thingyan in April.

High Season (Dec-Feb)
Rains least (if at all, in some places) and is not so hot. Book accommodation and transport well ahead for this busy travel season.

FOOD
Myanmar´s cusine was mainly influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine .There are many good restaurants in Yangon, which serve quality food at reasonable prices. There are restaurants offering Thai, Chinese, European, Italian, Indian and Burmese cuisine. Eating at the street restaurants can be a wonderful Asian experience but is not recommended unless an experienced guide has recommended the restaurant. Throughout upcountry Myanmar, the choice of food is limited to Burmese and Chinese.The country has now wines of its own from a vineyard near Taunggyi at Shan State. Imported wines are also available.

DRINKING WATER
Only drink purified bottle water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide complimentary. Carry a bottle with you throughout the day.

HEALTH
There are no compulsory vaccinations but it is advisable to take precautions against malaria – we recommend seeking the advice of your doctor. Prescription drugs are not widely available and visitors should bring any required medication with them. If carrying a lot of medicines, it is advisable to have a doctor’s letter stating that medicines are required for personal use. It is advisable to bring plenty of mosquito repellent, particularly for use in the evenings. As Myanmar enjoys a tropical climate, sun block cream is recommended. A spare pair of glasses, if worn, is also advisable.

Insurance
The extent of insurance coverage in Myanmar varies widely to western norms. It is suggested that visitors consider short-term health and accident policies from your own insurance company prior to leaving home. Local hospital care is basic, any seriously injured tourist will require medical evacuation to either Singapore or Bangkok. As medical evacuations can be extremely costly, we recommend that you take out a comprehensive insurance policy that will cover the costs of a medical evacuation and subsequent medical care.

Post and Communication
Postal
Myanmar Postal Service is running throughout the Myanmar country, and also available Local Express Myanmar Postal Parcel Service and Foreign Express Myanmar Postal Parcel Service is also being carried out between Yangon and Singapore, Yangon and Bangkok, Yangon and Korea vice versa. Myanmar DHL Limited, joint venture of Myanmar Communication Service and DHL World-wide.
E-mail and internet
The e-mail services and wifi internet access can be available at airports, major visiting places, hotels in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.
Phone
The country code for international calls is (+95).
Some of Hand Phones or Mobile Telephones and Satellite phones from other countries currently are roaming in Myanmar.
SIM cards such as Oredoo, Telenor and MPT with the price about 1,500 Kyats (USD 1.5) are available at mobile centers and small phone shop in Yangon and Mandalay. The top up cards, which cost from Kyats 1,000 to Kyats 10,000 are available too.

Myanmar Standard Time
Local time is GMT + 6 1/2 hours

TIPPING
Tipping in Myanmar is much appreciated and practiced widely in addition to the service charge shown in the bill of restaurants and hotels and also to the drivers and boat men. There is no exact limit but depends upon the generosity and the satisfaction of their services.

ELECTRICITY
Myanmar has 220-230 Volts AC.
Power outages occur everywhere, Yangon and Mandalay included.
The following plugs are used: :

Business Hours
Government Offices are open from 09.30 hours to 16.30 hours, banks from 10.00 hours to 14.00 hours from Monday to Friday. Shops are usually open from 10.00 hours to 17.00 hours, Tuesday to Sunday. Many museums, shops and markets will be closed on Mondays. In addition, most shops will be closed on public holidays.

VISIT PAGODAS & TEMPLES
Ladies should avoid wearing shorts, mini-skirts and other scanty clothes that reveal the legs, mid-riff or chests when visiting religious places. All of people will take off your shoe or slippers. At the pagodas and monasteries.