Myanmar is the largest country in the Southeast Asia. It shares borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. With a total land area of 676, 577 sq. km., the country stretches over 2090 km from north to south and over 925 km east to west. It has a 2832 km long coastline on the Indian Ocean. Over 50 per cent of the total land area is covered with forest.
Generally, Myanmar has three seasons. The monsoon or rainy season is from May to October, the cool dry season from November to February, and the hot season from March to May. During the rainy season, rainfall varies from 75 cm. In the central dry zone to 500 cm, in the coastal region. Average temperature ranges from 21°C in the northern highlands to 32°C in the central and lower areas.
GMT + 6.5
Casual and light clothing is recommended all year round. However, warmer clothing is advisable for visits to northern Myanmar, Kachin and Shan States. When visiting religious shrines and temples, modest dress is required and easily removable footwear is highly recommended since all footwear and socks must be removed in those sacred places.
More than 80 percent of the people are Buddhists. The rest are Christians, Muslims, Hindus and animists.
The official language is Myanmar although English is widely spoken and understood.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport with entry visa is required of all visitors. A tourist visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible for an additional 14 days. A business visa allows a stay of 28 days, extendible up to 12 months on case-by-case basis. Visa-on-arrival may be granted upon prior arrangement with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Snowland Travels and Tours Limited can help make Visa-on-arrival arrangements.. Overland entry is permitted for neighboring national tourists with a border pass. With a visa other nationals, third party tourists, may enter at Tachileik, At Three Pagoda Pass, At Myawaddy and Kawthaung checkpoints along the Myanmar-Thai border. Chinese tourists with a border pass or other nationals, third party tourists, with a visa may enter at Loije, Nam Kham, Muse, Kyukoke, Kunlong, Mongla along the Myanmar-China border.
Departure airport tax for international flights is US $10 per person, payable in US Dollar or FECs (Foreign Exchanged Currency Dollars).
Foreign currency above US $ 2000, jewelry, electrical equipment and cameras must be declared at the airport upon arrival. Valuable antiques and archeological items are not allowed to be taken out.
Duty Free Allowance
Two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes, 100 cigars, 1.5 lb of tobacco, one pint bottle of perfume or eau de cologne.
Myanmar currency is the KYAT made up of 100 pyas (although pyas are no longer used). Currency notes come in the following denominations: K5, K10, K15, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500, K1,000. Visitors are not allowed to bring in and take out Kyats.
No vaccination certificate is required unless coming from an infected area. SARS preventive measures are undertaken at the International Airports in Yangon and Mandalay.
Visitors may bring in any amount of foreign currency but it must be declared to the customs if it exceeds US $ 2000. FECs, equivalent to US Dollars may be used. They come in $20, $10, $5, and $1 denominations. FECs can be accepted by hotels, airlines, travel agencies, some taxi, and some restaurants and as payment of admission fees to museums and pagodas. At this time credits cards are not accepted. Travelers are, however, advised to bring US Dollars in cash. Travelers' Cheques are not accepted.
Booking Term and Conditions
All services should be booked through Snowland Travels and Tours Limited.
Address: No. 139/1 Thanthumar Road, Thuwunna, Yangon, 11072, Myanmar.
Tel: (95 1) 570890 / 572588
Fax: (95 1) 572588
Rates quoted in this tariff are net in US dollars. Tour price do not include airport departure taxes, excess baggage charges, meals not listed, optional tours and/or any personal purchase.
Advance payment of 50% is required after confirmation of the tour. Payment can be made by telegraphic transfer to Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank (MFTB). Address: No, 80-86, Maha Bandoola Garden Street, Yangon, Myanmar. Cable: BANKFORE YANGON Telex: 21300, 21332 BANKFE BM Fax: 95-1- 289585 Beneficiary: Snowland Travels and Tours Limited Account No: 92641
Cancellation takes effect the day on which the written notice is received. Cancellation fees are as follows: 30-15. days prior to arrival -- 30% of tour price, 14-8 days prior to arrival -- 50% of tour price, and less than 7 days prior to arrival -- 100% of tour price.
After commencement of travel, no refund either in full or part will be given.
Snowland Travels and Tours, Limited shall not be liable for any delay, loss or cancellation of airlines or other transport companies, for any unforeseen circumstances such as accident, personal illness, political unrest, natural catastrophe which is beyond our control. We reserve the right to modify. The original program(s) in the interest of the client(s).