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|TRAVELS & TOURS
|Useful Information for Visitors to
|What to Wear
|| Casual and light clothings are recommended all
year round. A light sweater or jacket will be useful during the cool season,
and a heavy sweater when travelling in hilly areas in the north. Vistors are
requested to dress decently in religious places and to remove footwear before
entering religious building or homes.
|Foreign Exchange Certificates
|| All arrivals (except those on package
tours or with business visas) are expected to exchange US$300 for Foreign
Exchange Certificates (FEC). In US$1, US$5, US$10, and US$20 denominations,
they are accepted by hotels, tourist restaurants and as admission fees.
Travellers cheques exchanged in bank are given in FEC equivalent. Only amounts
exchanged beyond the intial US$300 may be reconverted to US dollars upon
|| You are advised to buy gems, jewellery
and silverware at the Myanmar Gems Shop and other authorised shops, where you
will be given a voucher with a permit for export. Ignore touts who may offer
guide services, foreign currency exchange or gems of a doubful nature.
|| Twenty-eight-day visas are obtainable for
a fee at Myanmar foreign missions. Three photos are required.
|Where to Stay
|| There are state-owned privately operated
hotels, at all tourist centers. Rates vary according to location, facilities
and service. Check the hotel listings at Tourist Information Service
|| There are duty-free shops in the airport
arrival and departure lounges. The duty-free allowance is two bottles of
liquor, two cartons of cigarettes, 100 cigars and half a litre of perfume.
|| If a service charge is not included, tip
for good services.
|Travel and Tours
|| Myanmar Travels & Tours and licentsed travel
agencies acn asist with travel and tour arragements. Travel agency counters are
located at Yangon International Airport and agency offices in downtown Yangon.
|| Always keep your passprot and money in a safe
place, especially when travelling by train or bus. Report any loss to the
nearest police station as well as to your embassy.
|| Tourist Information Service counters are located
at airports and the main office in downtown Yangon. The official government
tourist office is Myanmar Travel & Tours at 77-91 Sule Pagoda Road in Yangon.
There are branch offices in Mandalay, Bagan and Taunggyi.
|| Entrance fees are collected at well-known
pagodas, temples, monasteries, museums, palaces and archaeological sites.
|| At the port of entry, all foreign currencies,
jewellery, electrical and electronic articles, and cameras must be declared to
a cusotms officer. Export of antiques and archeological objects is prohibited.
|Airport Departure Tax
|| Visitors are advised to reconfirm international
flights before going upcountry.