Burma - Myanmar

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Burma - Myanmar

An emotion-filled journey.

Burma is a collection of magical places that will touch even the most blasé travellers. Rangoon will seduce you through the vitality and nostalgia of its colonial buildings, Inle Lake is poetically enchanting, and the towns on the banks of the Irrawady are some of the most beautiful in the world. One of the most mysterious countries on Earth which  beauty and charm is only being discovered now after years of isolation.

While Burma has been under one of the heaviest dictatorships in the world for the last 65 years, the move towards opening in 2011 was encouraging but problems still remain so we encourage you to discover this almost unknown region of the world with some restraint.

Taking this into account we would like you to discover Burma with a wary eye.  With small groups of 6 or 7 people or a private tour, we try to immerse you in a country that is still being built but where the warmth and kindness of the people will leave you longing to come back and to help them move forward on the road to independence.

 

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Diving cruise

MV Thai Sea - Burma

MV Thai Sea - Burma

The MV Thai Sea has been a traditional fishing boat in the Andaman Sea before she was completely refurbished to become a diving cruise boat. She is a charming wooden cruise boat that has been fitted... Read More about MV Thai Sea - Burma

From: 0 EUR | 5 days | Period: November to May

 
Land tours

Just Burma

Just Burma

A new journey to the heart of the mysterious Burma. Journey through the lands of many ethnic groups, from Mandalay to the superb Inle Lake. You will discover stunningly beautiful landscapes which... Read More about Just Burma

From: 942 EUR | 15 days

 
Info

Useful info | Dive info

Useful info

Airport tax

Any passengers departing Myanmar on international flights will need to pay a departure tax of US$ 10.00 per person.

Climate and weather

Myanmar has three seasons

*Cool Season - October through February with average temperatures 20-24 C *Hot Season - March through May with average temperatures 30-35 C
*Wet Season - June through September with average temperatures 25-30 C

The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the cool season. However, even during the wet season, Yangon normally receives morning and afternoon showers while rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low. The weather around Inle Lake and in Shan State is quite pleasant all year round but cold at night from December to February.

Credit cards

Credit Cards are only accepted at a very few major hotels, airlines and some international shops and restaurants. We suggest to bring 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.

Currency

We recommend visitors to bring US Dollar in cash only – larger notes receiving a better rate in exchange. Exchange of other foreign currencies such as Euros, Yen and Pounds Sterling are maybe time consuming and difficult. Authorized money changer throughout Myanmar will usually only accept US Dollars. The FEC (Foreign Exchange Currency) used in Myanmar as currency next to the local currency Kyat (pronounced “Chat”) is equal to the US Dollar (1=1) and can easily been used for payment of purchases throughout the country.

Domestic airlines and flights

Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways are privately operated airlines flying throughout Myanmar. There is a 20 Kilo limit for baggage per person and excess baggage fees may be charged. We suggest you leave items not needed upcountry in Yangon and collect them upon your return. 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.

Dive info

Dives in Burma are diverse and colorful, it is also a quiet area where you will have the possibility to meet, grey sharks, nurse sharks, Mantas, seahorses, barracudas, eagle rays and many more while swimming in giant gorgons gardens.

General information

We will ask for your diving certificate upon arrival in the diving centres. Please don’t forget it! For the PADI certified divers, It should be possible to check your certification online with your name and date of birth.

Diving and Health

Diving requires to be in good health so please consult your GP before leaving. If needed, numerous decompression chambers are available in Thailand.

Insurance

You need an insurance to practice diving, we recommend that you take a diving insurance before your departure such as Divers Alert Network or Dive Master Insurance.

Equipment

For obvious baggage weight issues, we recommend that you do not travel with your own weights or bottles. The equipment we provide is of good quality and is regularly checked. We use Scubapro, Aqualungs, Apex. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Due to the comfortable water temperature, it is not necessary for you to take a wetsuit thicker than 3mm unless you practice TEC diving.

Most international airlines give you a 20 to 23 kilos baggage allowance + 8 kilos in cabin and will charge for overweight and sport equipment.

 

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