Time

Local time is GMT+ 6.5.

Cell phone

Burma has its own mobile phone network and mobile phones from other countries are not at present able to use the local network. Costs for iInternational landline calls to the UK vary, however visitors should be able to buy a Burmese SIM card for approx 5 USD.

Communication

Most hotels have IDD lines, but calls can be very expensive. Oversea calls to countries such as Australia, Europe and USA cost approximately 9 USD per minute. In cyber cafes and in most hotels rated 3 star and above, limited Internet access is generally available, but connection can be very slow.

Electricity

22 volt AC

Currency

The currency in Burma is the Burmese Kyat (divided into Pyas).

Tipping

Tipping as it is known in the West is not customary in Burma, though little extra ‘presents’ are sometimes expected in exchange for a service such as unlocking a temple, help with luggage or being shown around a village.

It’s a good idea to keep some small notes when visiting a religious temple or monastery, as you may wish to leave a donation.

DOMESTIC AIRLINES

Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways and Air Bagan are operated throughout Burma. There is a 2 Kilo limit for baggage per person and excess baggage fees may be charged.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Yangon has direct air links with Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Osaka, Chiang Mai, Dacca, Calcutta, Karachi, Bhutan, and Kun Ming. The Myanmar Airways International (8M), Thai Airways International (TG), Bangkok airways (PG), Silk Air (MI), Malaysian Airline (MH), Mandarin Airlines (AE), Druk Air-Royal Bhutan Airline (KB), Biman (BG) and Indian Airlines (IC) all fly to Yangon.

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