If you ever have to travel through Myanmar and are wondering what to bring with you, this guide may be helpful. The information is provided by our friends at exploration trip based on their travels over the past two months.
In our email correspondence, they say: “[Check points] are usually quick to pass and it is recommended that you bring copies of your passport and visa as well as your proof of vaccination. No one checked cell phones (but sometimes the car was checked) and we were usually whisked away without delay.
They suggest traveling with someone who speaks Burmese and answering simple questions at checkpoints: where are you from, where are you going, how many people, what luggage do you have, etc.
If you are traveling by air, you must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of departure.
The recommended areas to visit at the moment are: Ngapali, Mandalay – Ava – Mingun, Pyay – Yenangyaung – Salay – Bagan, Kalaw – Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe.
Exploration Travel has put together some package suggestions in case you want a change of scenery for a few days and recharge your batteries. They can adjust any package to your preferences.
1Luxury Ananda Shrine – midweek biking and visiting ancient cities around Mandalay
Day 1 (Monday): Morning flight to Mandalay – transfer to Ananda Shrine and time to relax at the onboard pool or explore the ship – luxury cabin stay.
Day 2 (Tuesday): Bike and visit the ancient ruins of Ava and the traditional weaving district in Amarapura with a guide to explain this unique part of the country. – stay in a luxury cabin.
Day 3 (Wednesday): Boat and bike from Sagaing to Mingun – visit the huge stupa and return by small private boat to Ava – stay in a luxury cabin.
Day 4 (Thursday): Relaxing morning by the pool – transfer to the airport for the return flight to Yangon
Package price excluding flights (minimum 2 people): 375 USD per person
Alternatively, you can join the Ananda cruise on the Ayeyarwady departing on Friday and returning on Sunday evening. A relaxing experience on this luxury vessel including visits to Mingun. Cruise price: USD 400 per person
2Road trip in the countryside
Day 1: Road to Pyay and visit of the former cheroots factory of the famous company of flying tigers of yesteryear.
Day 2: Visit the ancient temple ruins from the Pyu period and continue to your hotel in the jungle
Day 3: A day to relax in the jungle (or go trekking)
Day 4: Continue by car to Taungoo – visit the ruins of the ancient monastery in the moated part of this ancient capital
Day 5: 3 hours guided walk from the village through the countryside in the morning and continuation by car to Yangon
A great trip to get out of town. Let them know if you prefer to do this trip by car and they simply arrange hotels in advance.
3Group trip to the beach
This is best suited for families, friends, and organizations that want to reconnect with nature and each other.
With their sister company Consultation corner they can run emotional workshops, group therapy, individual counseling sessions and staff training.
During the 2-hour session, they will let each participant actively express and share their own emotions and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment. It helps each person better understand their own feelings, realize that others feel the same way, and learn how to manage those emotions in order to stay mentally strong.
Rent the entire lodge (9 rooms) for your group of friends, family, management team or staff family: USD 800 per night
Work from home or from the beach and stay 2 weeks at Lalay Lodge including all meals: USD 750 in a single or double room.
Lalay Lodge is located directly on the beach in a quiet little fishing village just south of Thandwe airport (45 minutes from the Yangon – Thandwe highway) and has 9 bedrooms which can accommodate up to 25 people. For larger groups they can arrange day trips from any of the hotels in Ngapali to Lalay Lodge for lunch as well as team building sessions which also include fun games on the beach.
All photos courtesy of Exploration Travel.
Burma exploration trip
Address: 5/9, 1st Floor, Bogalay Zay Street (Bottom Block), Botahtaung Tsp, Yangon
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday), 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Saturday), Closed on Sunday
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Telephone: +95 1 375 577, +95 9 255 017 822, +95 9 263 109 688; Emergency number +95-9-42 502 8175