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Thứ Hai, 6 tháng 8, 2018

Top Important Festivals in burma

burma has several festivals during a year with most of activities related to Buddhist religion. Let go with SEA WANDER to uncover some of the most important festivals in this great country

1. Full Moon of Tabaung


Full Moon of Tabaumg Festival is the traditional merit-making day for Buddhists. It takes place in the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month in Burmese calendar (often in Feb of be able to as in western calendar.)
  • 2017 date: 11 February
  • 2018 date: 01 March
  • The spiritual purposes of this day comprise: not to involve any good-hearted of sins, do only fantastic deeds, purify one’s mind.


Myanmar Full moon festival


On this chance, Buddhists go to pagoda and carried out merit-making activities. The meaning of this festival is to show veneration to Buddha and his teaching.
According to the legend, Full Moon of Tabaung festival marks the 4 fabulous events happening at the Veḷuvana bamboo grove, close to Rājagaha in northern India ten months after the enlightenment of the Buddha. As recorded, four auspicious facts are:
  • 1,250 disciples came to find the Buddha on this evening without being summoned.
  • All of them were Arhantas or Enlightened Ones. They were ordained by the Buddha himself.
  • The Buddha gave Arhantas the principles of Buddhism, which are: to cease from all evils; to do what is good; to cleanse one's mind.
  • It was a full-moon day.


The Myanmar’s greatest pagoda festival, namely the Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda festival is taken site on this time. It begins with the nakyake shitsu ceremony that supply offerings for 28 Buddhas, followed by a 10-day nonstop recounting by the Pathana (Buddhist scriptures) about 24 causes of worldly phenomena.
Other pagoda festivals are held on this day, including the Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival in Minbu Township and the Alaungdaw Kathapa Pagoda Festival in Sagaing Region (Mandalay).

2. Thingyan New Year Festival


Organized from 13rd to 16th April coinciding with Easter, this is the Water Festival - the biggest festival - to welcome New Year in burma. Water symbolizes for purity that could clear away all sins, diseases and bad lucks. So citizen splash water to each other to start a new year with a cleansed soul.
In burma, the festival is commonly known as Thingyan, which means “change”.
It lasts over 4 days:
  • Akyo-nei (Thingyan Eve)
  • A-kya nei, A-kyat nei and A-tet nei (the final)
  • The fifth day is Hnit hsan ta yet nei (New Year’s Day).

Water festival Myanmar


On Thingyan opportunity, Thaya Min God from the heaven come down to the earth on his annual go to. At the exact time of Thaya Min God’s arrival, booming of cannon sounds. After that, traditional rites are carried out to welcome the God.
amazing humor prevails during the festival time. Citizen with buckets, pots and cans of water splash to anybody passing over. Powerful water pipes are everywhere to douse citizen. Decorated cars or carts are driven around to throw water to everybody and get wet in return. Children use water pistols to drench their friends and relatives. In large cities like Yangon, hoses and hydrants in gardens, water balloons and even fire hoses are also used for the festival.
No passer-by will escape from drenching, no matter whether they are Buddhist or non-Buddhist, Burmese or non-Burmese, except monks, elders, sick ones and of course pregnant women.

Read more: Our top 7 tips to relax your Water festival in burma. Enjoyable, getting more fun and forgetable experience in burma.


Soaked to skin, even with water in nostrils, ears and eyes then being laughed, as the spirit of Thingyan, is called as cheer and friendship.
All corners of the country become absolutely jubilant and vibrant. Burmese damsels apply thanaka on face, pin sweet scented yellow padauk flowers on hair and dance on road.
On the final day, some citizen silent sprinkle water onto others and say an apology, something such as “Thagya Min God left his water tube and he will come back to get it.”
In the traditional way, young citizen will wash hair for their adults by beans and barks of acacia rugata tree. Fish and even bigger animals are released back to lakes and rivers with the wish: “I release you once, you release me ten times.”

3. Kason Watering Festival – Buddha Day


As the most important day in Buddhist world, this day is taken destination in the time that all ponds, lakes and creeks decrease to its lowest level. Kason, the second month of Burmese calendar (usually in May), is deemed as the hottest month in the hot season.
Kason full-moon day signify 4 most significant days in Gotama Buddha life time:
  • The day he had been prophesied to become the following Buddha. Dipankara Budha predicted that the hermit Sumedha would become Gotama Buddha, the latest one in this Buddha world.
  • The day he was born
  • The day he achieved ENLIGHTENMENT (became a Buddha)
  • And the day he entered PARINIRVANA (passed away)


The Burmese celebrate this day by watering the Maha-Bodhi tree at diverse myanmar pagodas. Maha-Bodhi is the spiritual banyan tree which Gotama Buddha sat under when he attained enlightenment.
Kason Watering Festival


As Kason is the hottest month, the earth is truly dry. To show respect to Gotama Buddha, citizen pour water on the foot of Maha-Bodhi tree to be sure it does not die of drought during hot summer. This ceremony has become an important part of burmese culture on every full-moon day of Kason. Buddhists will march in a large procession to Maha-Bodhi tree or to pagodas to pour scented water.

4. Full-moon of Tazaungmon (Tazaungdaing or Festival of Lights)


Also known as Festival of Lights, it is held on Tazaungmon - the eighth month of Burmese calendar (usually in November). This day marks the end of the rainy season.
Tazaungdaing Festival is to honor the introduction of Buddhism in myanmar. On this day, robe-weaving competitions to create unique yellow monk robes named matho thingyan are held over the country during two consecutive nights (the preceding night and the full-moon night), most salient in Yangon’s Shwedagon pagoda. Contestants will work continuously from night to sunrise. These robes will be offered to monks in the Kahtain ceremony.

More reading: Festival of Lights (or Lighting Festival in Myanmar) in November annually: the activities, the best places to enjoy and suggested tour program to get there.

Tazaungmon festival myanmar


This custom commemorates the well-known story about the Gautama Buddha’s life. Understanding that the Buddha would soon pass away, the Gautama Buddha’s mother, Maya, spent the whole night weaving yellow robes for him. Her sister Gotami (Buddha’s aunt) then kept on this habit and offered new robes annually.
Nevertheless, the main significance of this festival is light, as many suppose this festival has existed even previous the introduction of Buddhism in burma, to honor the God of Light and the awakening of Lord Vishnu. Sparkle fireworks, fire balloons are sent to the sky and multicolored lanterns are lighted. It is also said that the Gautama Buddha would return to Tawadeintha on this day to go to his mother’s reincarnated spirit so people illuminate the path for him by lighting candles and lanterns.
In Shan state, long queues of people holding traditional lit lotus flower lanterns march on roads. Especially in Taunggyi, hot air balloons made from bamboo and mulberry paper are released on air as offerings to Tavatimsa, the heaven in Buddhist cosmology, or as a way to drive away evil spirits. This custom is also held in Naypyidaw and Pyin Oo Lwin.
Also on this opportunity, tremendous citizen come back home to pay homage to elders. Almsgiving and charity consisting of sautuditha feasts are also common during this festival, regarded as merit-making activities.

Top myanmar Beaches & Best Time for Beach Holidays

burma beach is rather different from ones in SE Asian country. Beaches in myanmar (Burma) is very pretty, untouched, and quiet however those beaches are not ideal for swimming all year around, especially summer time - from April to Aug.

Having a long coastline but myanmar (Burma) beaches are not known for such as other countries in Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, it is so regretful if you don’t enjoy the sunshine on these beaches as reaching Southeast Asia. Tremendous of myanmar beaches are unspoilt and undiscovered, reminiscent of Thailand’s beaches 20 years ago, absolutely peaceful and still. Endless island and untouched beaches, burma is truly an alluring place for lovers of the sea.
Here is the list of the top beaches in myanmar country.

1. Ngapali beach - the most popular beach in burma (Burma)

Myanmar Ngapali beach

Dreamy coasts, idyllic palm lines, pristine white sands and the blue crystal-clear waters of Bengal Bay, these are words numerous travellers say about Ngapali beach. This best myanmar beach is also extremely impressive thanks to pretty fishing villages, likeable boats bobbing on the waters and ox-drawn carts ambling along the Ngapali coastline. Although Ngapali beach is currently experiencing some changes of a construction boom, there's silent a lot of virgin spaces.
The name of the beach "Ngapali", has no meaning in Burmese, but derives from the Italian "Napoli" (the city of Naples).
Ngapali beach has a host of complex accommodations from small beach huts to luxury villas and bungalows. Fresh seafood is abundant and great. Sea sports for travelers are also various, consisting of snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, cycling and golf. Ngapali beach is a fabulous site of Myanma (Burma) to watch the gorgeous sunset over the Bay of Bengal.

The peak season at Ngapali beach is from November to March, because of its very kind weather. Even at the high season, Ngapali beach is a quiet, drowsy, early-to-bed site, however, the prices might be skyrocketed. Things are nearly enchanting during the rainy season (April to Sep) when flights drop to once a week and most hotels either shut or keep open only a handful of rooms.

2. Ngwe Saung beach (Silver Beach)

Ngwe Saung Silver Beach) Myanmar

Ngwe Sung beach is in south of Ngapali - the most known for beach in burma (Burma) - and closer to Yangon, comprising 15 km of white sand bordered by tall, lush palm trees swaying in winds. Sea at Ngwe Sung beach is as pure as in Ngapali, but this beach has not well developed, which is an actually relaxation spot to do nothing.
From Yangon - Myanmar's former capital, you can bring a 35-minute flight or a six-hour street trip to reach Ngwe Sung beach. If you want a more challenging experience, let select a 16-hour boat tours from Yangon to the gateway town of Pathein.
Ngwe Sung meaning Silver beach has several marine sports for travelers such as scuba diving and snorkeling. You may hire a motorbike to find out the 15-km beach and conquer the hard sand sections. The seafood here is splendid -- lobster, shrimp, crab, fish -- and if you are on the seaside early in early morning you will maybe notice fishermen coming in with fresh seafood on their hand.

3. Chaung Tha beach

Chaung Tha myanmar beach

Chaung Tha beach is 25 miles west of Pathein. Close to Yangon, this beach is hugely popular to Burmese middle-class families from the city. Chuang Tha beach, to be honest, is not as beautiful as Ngapali or Ngwe Saung beaches. The reasons are the sand isn’t as white and the beachfront is a jumble of hotels. However, it’s an suitable destination to notice how Burmese play and rest on beach.
If you’re here during the peak season and want to flee from from the crowds, let get a boat to reveal neighboring islands. Carry along your contain snorkel and you be able to notice a world of tropical fish.
Chaung Tha isn’t fit as a deserted beach, but it is clean, sunny, the easiest beach to reach in burma.

4. Kanthaya Beach

Kanthaya myanmar beach

Kanthaya beach is worthy to hit if you truly want to get away from development and state of the art civilization. This beach of myanmar (Burma) is unspoiled and undeveloped, naturally captivating, empty and really peaceful. There are no beachside sports and shops, and that is just its main attraction. You will be impossible to book a hotel in improve, but you are sure to see a room when you arrive.
Kanthaya means “Pleasant” in Burmese. This burma beach is shallow and 4.5-km long. Unlike the white sandy beach of Ngapali, 100 km north, the sand here is golden and a bit gritty. You can walk along the coast, climb small hills, watch birds and talk to local fishermen.

featured notes for enjoying burma beach holidays:

  • Beaches in myanmar has its low season in rainy season from be able to to October because it rains almost all days long. Ngwe Saung & Chaungtha beach are available on this time however the sea is not very much pretty and clean due to lots of mud. Most hotels and resorts in Ngapali beach are closed actually. Some hotels in Ngapali beach, if open, will offer very broad discounts. The bad weather of rains will lead to flights limited and cancelled with very short before notices.
  • The best alternatives for beach holidays in burma from be able to to October are beaches in Vietnam - that are the most beautiful in summer from be able to to September. The connection is so easy with a short, cheap flight from Yangon to Ho Chi Minh city by Vietjet Air. Contact us to manage!
  • The criterion of myanmar beach holiday costume is a jean and T-shirt. Not kidding, that is true, the Burmese swim in their jeans. Others wear shorts or cotton pajamas, but obviously there is no room for bikini. However, this is still exception for foreigners.


Increase Zone Fee to Bagan, myanmar

Bagan zone fee increased since January 01, 2015 from US$ 15 to US$ 20 per person. This fee is applicible for all foreign tourist with one-time payment at the local airport.
burma Ministry of Culture announced the increase of Bagan Zone fee to US$ 20 per person. This fee is applicable for all foreign tourists coming into Bagan. The prior price was US$ 15 per person. The fee is collect one time at the local airport.
Bagan zone fee tickets
A sample of the zone fee tickets since it was US$ 15 per person
(Photo credit to SEA WANDER
Inspection in August 2014)

Bagan is an important archaeological zone that is recognized by UNESCO. With a single payment of the zone fee, foreign tourists could access all stupas and temple here up to 2,200 items and further historical sites. Among them, the most typical ones that can not be missed are Ananda temple, Shwesandaw temple or often known "Sunset temple" because tourists come here climb up to the top for the panoramic view of the whole Bagan and the Shwezigon pagoda - a smaller version of the iconic Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon.

seawander.asia - SEA WANDER is going to charge this change for our next bookings. For the bookings confirmed previous the announcement, seawander.asia will absorb this increase.

Explore Authentic burma Countryside in Mawlamyine

The city is the capital of Mon state with very much luxurious in historical building and culture that is truly off the tourism.

Mawlamyine is the fourth largest city in myanmar and emerging as a new site for travelers. Mawlamyine, about 250km by street from Yangon, remains untouched with likeable countryside and interesting local life here. The city is the capital of Mon state with very much magnificent in historical building and culture that is truly off the tourism.
How to get there?
Mawlamyine can reach by all road, rail and air. The buses often leave at night, bring about 07 hours and costs you from 8000 – 10.000 Kyats. Two most trusted companies are PTT and Yar Zar Min buses.
There are two train daily depart from Yangon to Mawlamyine at 6Am and 7.15AM. However, SEA WANDER does not recommend this mode of transport. First of all, the timing is rather long while take place during daytime. That cost you a day for touring around. Secondly, rail conditions possess been downgraded to much then made the train ride extremely bumping. You suppose to spend about 9 hours on board. The ticket costs US$ 16 per person.
There are only two flights per week from Yangon to Mawlamyine. It takes just about 30 minutes and costs approx. US$60/person. The sole airline operating is burma Airway with ATR aircrafts.
Mawlamyine buses
must seen places
Kyaikthanlan Phayar (Pagoda) is the highest pagoda in burma at 150m to the sea level. The pagoda was built in 875 AD and still offers wonderful 360 views when footing at its top. Getting up to the pagoda may be done without much efforts for regular physical level.
Thanbyuzayat was the end of the line for the infamous Burma-Siam railway linking Thailand with myanmar during the Japanese occupation in World War II. It was known as the Death Railway due to the numerous prisoners of war, about 100.000 persons who died constructing the 415 km long line for the Japanese Imperial Army.
Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
This place is very well known for both traveler and locals. The pagoda here is believed as the third important pagoda in burma, after Shwedagon in Yangon and Hama muni in Mandalay
Stay and Accommdation
There are several hotels in Mawlamyine from affordable guesthouse to hi-end one such as The Mawlamyaing Strand Hotel that be able to facilitate you most of services. You may also take The Strand hotel as a center to easily figure out the ways around
Location: Strand Rd, Phat Tan Quarter, Mawlamyine.
Ph: 057-25624, 057-24787 / Fax: 057-25624
Email: info@mawlamyaingstrandhotel.com
Activities to do there
Most of visiting site in Mawlamyine be able to be accessed by foot, bikes or even motorbiking. (Please note the dirty motorbikes are rather rare and pricey in myanmar, SEA WANDER is going to use semi-scooter for our moto biking tours)
For someone loves more aventurous, motor biking from Mawlamyine to Hpa An or vice versa – about 60km/way – is definitely interesting.
Money and Mobile phone usages
There are ATMs at Mawlamyine Strand hotel and it costs you 5000kyat for each withdrawal. You could exchange money into Kyats at counters of the Asia Green Development Bank (US$ 01 ~ Kyat 990)
Again, please note that your US$ notes ought to be pristine, unfolded, unmarked. Series from 2003 are preferred and will get higher exchange rates.
The price of mobile SIM cards own come down significantly in burma, thus making mobile phone access much more affordable to the general population. The main government supplier is MPT, myanmar Postal and Telecommunications whose mobile network is the most extensive to date with access in most major and some rural towns. Cost of an MPT SIM card is now a canon 30,000 kyats. Top-up cards be able to also be purchased from 5,000 to 10,000 kyats and higher.

Thứ Bảy, 4 tháng 8, 2018

Burma Train Information

Train get to in myanmar can be from adventurous to adrenaline pumping tours depending on your health conditions. In spite of the fact that this mode of transport is peaceful not convenient for regular tourists, we give you some quick scenery so that you may make decisions on your possess.
Generally, travelling by train is one of the good way for budget or adventurous travelers. However, it should be considered twice previous taking a night train in burma. Long train on bumping street is typical experience for locals but not for many tourists.

myanmar Main Train Itineraries

So far, night train in myanmar should be taken is from broad cities (Yangon – Mandalay and vice versa, Mandalay – Bagan and vice versa, Yangon – Bagan and vice versa). The reason is you may sleep in possible cabin with soft berth for over 10 hours long. For a trip up to 10 days, 1 overnight train is recommended for mostly wanted experiences.
The train from Yangon – Mandalay starts at 06.00am, 15.00 and 17.00 daily and for 13 hours.
The train from Yangon – Bagan starts at 16.00 daily and for 17 hours.
The train from Yangon – Kalaw starts at 17.00 daily and for 18 hours (transit train in Thazi connection at around 05.00
The train from Yangon – Heho starts at 16.00 daily and for 21 hours (transit train in Thazi connection at around 05.00)

Train get to Notices

There will own food delivery service, the meals run from $5 - $8. It is advised to prepare sandwich in case you do not want to buy food on train.
During the travelling, the train will stop 4 – 5 times for picking- up guests. Some stop-over will not have lights, people will speak loud and look at foreigners with grand eyes. However, the Burmese are very friendly and they do want to share their experiences to you.
The soft - berth cabin is for 4 passengers, has fan to harmonize the air (no air-condition up to August 2014), open sheet window both side (left and right), a light and a small table.
It is easiest to visit the Yangon Central Railway Station at Mingala Taungnyunt 11222, Yangon, Yangon Division, myanmar – 2 minutes’ walk from Thamada Hotel in Yangon.
One very amazing point is the high responsible officials. If the guests are foreigners, they will pick you up from the station and show you the way to travel your cabin. They will check the ticket 3 times, original time (1st) is when you enter the gate, 2nd time after you get acquainted with your cabin and 3rd time when you reach your place. Occasionally, they will check on your cabin every time the train stops to make sure your proper rest and safety.
For burma daylight train, Yangon Circle train and Mandalay – PynOoLwin is easy to try with splendid experience of interacting with local Burmese.
More about myanmar get to guide and advice, contact to our travel expert or click here.

Refer from our have experts’ experience and http://www.seat61.com/Burma.htm#.VHQr6dKUc4E

Mother Rivers of burma

myanmar is a country luxurious of rivers and delta regions. There are four foremost rivers crossing the country, comprising Irrawaddy, Thanlwin, Sittaung and Chindwin river.

1. Burma river: Irrawaddy

Aka Ayeyarwaddy, it’s Myanmar's largest river (2,170km long) and most important waterway. Its drainage basin of about 413,710 square km covers a significant part of the country. Prior railway and automobiles, the Irrawaddy was known as “Road to Mandalay”. In fact, it plays a vital role in trade, transport and irrigation of burma.

begin from Kachin state at the impact of the Nmai Hka and Mali Hka rivers, the Irrawaddy runs through the center of myanmar, dissects the country from north to south, then empties via the nine armed Irrawaddy delta into Adaman Sea (Indian Ocean). Both the branches earn their sources in the Himalayan glaciers. The eastern Nmai arises in the Languela glacier, north of Putao.

The Irrawaddy is full of sandbanks and islands, makes navigation on it prissy. However, it’s peaceful the significant waterway for big vessels moving 1,600km from the ocean to Myikyina. For a long time, Inwa bridge is the sole bridge spanning over the Irrawaddy; but now, there are two.

The Irrawaddy gives its names to a dolphin, Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevistosus), and a shark, Irrawaddy River sharks, which are endangered species found it. Actually Irrawaddy dolphin isn’t a fresh water dolphin totally, as it is discovered at sea as well.

Irrawaddy cruise is one of must-do trip in burma, especially the stretch between Mandalay and Bagan, the section magnificent in cultural treasures and including several former imperial capitals. The best time to bring this cruise is October-March, when river levels and the humidity are lower.

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Irrawaddy river, the section of Mingun

2. Myanmar river: Thanlwin (Salween)

The Thanlwin river, so-called Salween as its former name, is 2815km long. It rises in Tibetan Plateau at 5,450m, flows through Yunnan, then leaves China, meanders through burma and Thailand, and eventually empties into the Andaman Sea. Steep canyon walls line this swift, powerful river. It is only navigable up to 90 km from the mouth, and only in the rainy season.

Salween river runs parallel to the mighty Mekong river for much of its course and forms part of the border between burma and Thailand. Its extensive drainage basin supports a biodiversity comparable with the Mekong. The river is home to over 7,000 species of plants and 80 unlikely or threatened animals and fish, and owns the world’s greatest diversity of turtles including the Giant Asian Pond Terrapin and grand Headed Turtle. The citizen who reside along the Salween’s riverside are relatively isolated from the sleep of the world.

The Salween is one of longest undammed river in the world. However, myanmar is planning to build TaSang Dam and several others on it.

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Thanlwin river - the section of Mawlamyine

3.Myanmar river: Sittaung

Lying in east-central myanmar, Sittaung river originate northeast of Yamethin town on the edge of the Shan plateau, flows south for 420km prior emptying Gulf of Martaban of the Andaman Sea.

The extensive Sittaung River valley is settled between the forested Bago Mountains on the west and the steep Shan Plateau on the east. It holds the principal roads and railways from Yangon (Rangoon) to Mandalay as well as the major towns of Bago, Taungoo, Yamethin, and Pyinmana.

Though running through beautiful flat areas, the Sittaung has a infamous tidal bore at its mouth which has precluded any but very small crafts navigating on it. The river is navigable for 40 km year-round and 90 km during three months of the year. Strong currents make it less valuable for transport in eastern burma. Its basin also does not possess the identical richness for agriculture as the Irrawaddy because there is no soil flowing down from the Shan Hills.

The Sittaung is used to float timber, particularly teak, southward for export. Its lower part is linked by a canal to the Bago river. This canal was constructed to bypass the tidal bore that afflicted the mouth of the Sittaung. It once provided the only route from Yangon to Taungoo.

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Sittaung river

4. Burma river: Chindwin

The Chindwin river is the biggest tributary of the Irrawaddy. Deriving from the vast Hukawng valley of Kachin state, it flows 840km inside burma completely from north to south, previous joining the broad Irrawaddy. The river proudly runs through misty, lush mountains and fascinating towns and villages, a region of abundant natural resources and fertile meadows.

The Chinwin Valley, where Chindwin’s courses run over, is dominated by dense forests and lofty mountains too. Thanks to the difficulty of access, much of it remains untouched. The natives has an unspoiled culture, with the towns and villages spread along the river bank beside marvelous pagodas like Thanboddhay pagoda of Monywa, and the cave pagodas of Hpowintaung and Shwebataung.

Chindwin cruise is one of amazing trips in myanmar river. This trip could depart from Hkamti to Monywa (but permission to enter Hkamti is needed), or shorter from Homalin to Monywa. The best time if after the monsoon season.

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* The Map of Myanmar's Rivers

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* Myanmar's rivers and their numbers


RiverLength(km)Drainage area (km2)OutflowCountries in the drainage basinburma state in the drainage basin
Irrawady2,170413,710Andaman SeaburmaKachin, Mandalay
Thanlwin2,815324,000Andaman SeaChina, myanmar, ThailandMon state
Sittaung420NAAndaman SeaburmaBago state
Chindwin1,207114,000Irrawaddy RivermyanmarKachin state
Mekong4,350795,00South China SeaChina, myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, VietnamShan state

Thứ Sáu, 3 tháng 8, 2018

Hidden Gem of burma Trekking - Loikaw

Loikaw is the capital of Kayah State in burma (Burma) - the home of many tribes of which Padaung is very renowned one with "long necks" women.

Loikaw Trekking

Loikaw is located in Karen Hill area, close to the State’s northern tip, just above an embayment on the Pilu river. Just by a short flight from Yangon, you can reach to a very traditional Loikaw, which is one of the best places in Southeast Asia for a sight of authentic tribal life. Another way to reach Loikaw is that you may boat from Inle lake - where you be able to observe “one leg rowing fishermen” - to Phekhkone lake, get to Sagar village on the way then drive to Loikaw. Or you drive from Kalaw/ Heho to Loikaw and you may enjoy spectacular view along the way.
Loikaw has three main tribes: Kayan, Kayah and Kayaw, especially among them, Kayan (or Padaung) women are well-known for wearing neck rings, which lengthen their neck.
To discover Loikaw, you may bring a classic tours to some particular locations or a trekking journey to distant areas.
In a burma Classic tour:
With this journey, you may visit renowned places inside and around Loikaw city. You could go to Thiri Mingala Taungkwe Pagoda, the Buddhism sputa. It is located in the middle of Loikaw, which towers over the city. Being constructed in 11th century, this pagoda situated in two hillocks. Between two hills is a bridge which connects them. You could watch desolately at the pilgrims and relax the outstanding scenery from the top, especially at sunset.
Other destination you can get to is Shan chieftain, Haw of Loikaw. This palace used as a Buddhist monastery.
If you do not have a occasion to travel tribe villages, you could bring an excursion to the Kayah State museum, which displays the traditional life styles of Kayah national races.
Besides, local markets like Demawso are also the great places where you can find Padaung tribe ladies with their truly long necks. These featured women are on the brink of extinction because of modern life, which made Padaung women do not want to keep their neck lengthening custom.
If possible, you can find out Kyet limestone cave, which is 15 km outside of Loikaw.
Loi Kaw Myanmar

To make it an adventure tour:
By trekking through remote villages, you could realize the true life of local inhabitants, but this depends on regulation of authorities and sometimes it may be not permitted.
attraction of Loi Kaw journey tour is Padaung race, especially Padaung women with their extremely long necks. Tribes in Loikaw also dress colorful costumes. In the villages, you could get insight traditional living ways, unspoiled cultures and also how the villages deal with the taking ways of the military, who carry their food without payment. Travelers may explore Kayah traditional weaving industry and marvelous ritual flagstaffs of Nat (spirit) worshipers. Trekking trails also pass through fields. A long with paddy, the main crop of Kayah State are beans, pulses, maizes, sunflowers, cotton and vegetables are cultivated as well. Guides also lead you to trek through hills and thick jungle.
You can also be overnight at homestay. At these nights, you will obtain strange feelings with noisy barks of dog at shadows or distant howls from across town, which you could not uncover in a up to date city.
Spirited poles are the featured point of Loikaw. You may found them in nearly villages around Loikaw. They are worshipped once a year, around April.
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List of myanmar Domestic Airlines

myanmar has several domestic airlines, usually, fly the same route and time. Most of them are small carriers, established recent decades or even recent years, and possess a small fleet of a few aircraft (usually about 2 to 5). They are truly comparable in cost, equipment, quality, service, food, and scheduling.

LIST OF MAIN AIRLINES IN myanmar (BURMA)

Flying within myanmar is an interesting experience, itself. You be able to relax free seat flights and "bus-stop style" at midways to collecting more passengers.You could refer detailed guide to air go to in burma here. Despite this fact, myanmar owns tremendous domestic airlines and most of them now have used eticketing issuing system.
Here are several next airlines for our choice:
  • Air Mandalay – (Safety, Reliability & Comfort) – It is the primary myanmar domestic airline, founded in 1994. They fly to 11 destinations with a tiny fleet of three. No incident to date.
  • Air Bagan - (The Treasure of Myanmar) – The airline was founded in 2004. They own a somewhat reputation, with a fleet of 5 aircraft and fly to 20 destinations comprising some international ones.
  • Air KBZ - (Flying beyond expectation) – KBZ stands for Kanbawza Bank, one of the largest banks in the country. It is a new airline, which established in 2011. They fly to 15 domestic destinations with a tiny fleet of three. Especially, they sell E-TICKET, accept VISA and MASTERCARD (many companies in burma do not accept any card). Services are quite wonderful.
  • Mann Yadanapon Airlines - started their operation in 2014 with 2 ATR aircrafts. The airline also offers charter services. The services are good-hearted.
  • Yangon Airways (You’re safe with us) – maybe this motto does not fit in with the painted layer outside their planes. The airline founded in 1996, flies to 11 destinations with a small fleet of three. It is with the US Department of Treasury’s SDN list
  • Asian Wings Airways (Fly beyond your dream) – They inclue 22 domestic destinations with a fleet of three planes, but new and decent. They have no incident. In 2013, Air Nippon (a Japanese airline) has invested in this brand. This is expected to develop the service and maintenance. They also have a reward club.
  • myanmar Airways – They do not possess a motto. Being established in 1948, it was formerly known as myanmar Airways. They are fairly grand with a fleet of twelve planes, including 7 genres of aircraft. They own several incidents recently, but no fatalities.
  • myanmar Airways International (MAI) - is the state-owned enterprise related to flying international routes.

Myanmar Domestic FlightsMyanmar Domestic flights
Myanmar Domestic Flights Myanmar Domestic Flights

myanmar AIRPORT CONDITIONS

Most domestic airports are relatively small (except Yangon International Airport), but some own kind cafés with good coffee and decent pastries so you can sleep and relax here before boarding. Domestic airports also own some souvenir shops and money changers.
Some airports have X-ray scanners, others do not. There is free wifi, but it is really erratic.
There are three international air terminals in Myanmar: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Py Taw of which Yangon is the most popular one and recieves most of international flights coming and leaving myanmar.

LIFE ON BOARD

The cabin overhead is smaller than usual, so your regular-sized trolley will not fit up.
Some airlines will server passengers with in-flight magazine, delicious fruit, yummy (pizza candy) or pastry but some do not.
SEA WANDER often uses:
Air KBZ as our original selection of ticket bookings because they have a believable flight schedule and fantastic services. Our next options are Yangon Airways and Mann Yadanapon Airlines, that one has very splendid experience from their long standing history and one is new and fresh in the market.

Transportation Guide using for Myanmar Tours

SEA Wanders offers a wide variety of transportation for our customers, from car transportation to flight airway, from boat and ferry to train transfer. With our sense of selection, our customers will not only have the most comfortable feeling but also the best condition to enjoy your Myanmar (Burma) travel

For regular road transfer

We use the private car and private driver in anytime you travel by roadway. We will select different types of transfer to suit a range of group eg saloon for 2 customers, commuter (4 - 5 seats) for 3 customers, Toyota Hi-ace (9 seats) for 4 - 5 guests, Minivan (14 – 19 seats) for 7 – 10 guests, Mini coaches (22 seats) for a group of 10 – 15 guests and buses for group of over 20.
Our selected allocation ensures not only the comfort for your travel but enough space for the guide and your luggage. Road conditions in Myanmar is still under standard condition, but you will mostly travel on the paved road. That is the reason why we make our best efforts to make your Myanmar travel at ease and relax.
Even though the road condition is not good enough but the road width is rather considerable. Even in some trekking areas (for example: Loikaw and Kalaw), the largest type of car we provide is the 45 seat coaches so the large group can still enjoy trekking on the route.
Car for Myanmar Tours

Driver Skills picked by SEA WANDER Tours

Our professional drivers are all having their driver license and know-how attitude for travel industry serving. We all have short-training with the Car Company so that all drivers will show their friendly smile but formal service to all of the guests. One of the very good points is they know their way in – out of the city, without the help of GPS.
As a country once governed by the UK, English is the second language after Burmese. Most of our drivers can speak English. However, their local dialect is somehow quite strong. Rather different from some EU countries, drivers can give guiding services but the drivers in Myanmar and most of South East Asia countries cannot. We always manage a tour guide to support you not only in understanding matter but more enjoy the information at the visiting sites.
Burmese law regulates that the drivers must drive on the right hand-side while most of the cars have steering wheel to the right, too. That makes Myanmar traffic very interesting. (We found a very interesting post about this here)

For domestic flights and airlines

Myanmar has several airline carriers, including: Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Mandalay Yadanapon, and Golden Myanmar. SEA WANDER uses Air Bagan as our priority for all domestic airline bookings (see airlines list here). The company run by a private owner and the planes are the newest so far. (Even Myanmar still use widely ATR and Fokker planes at the time of November 2014). The service is good and you will have a light meal if the flight is longer than 1 hour. One of the special points about Myanmar is that in case one airline has to cancel their flights, they will work with another carrier in order to allocate you with another similar flight time.
Up to now, most of the airlines apply e-ticket system already. Sometimes, you are still issued paper tickets then keep them very carefully (seriously!!!) Refer more about Myanmar domestic flights guide here!
Myanmar Airport
Departure Gate of Yangon International Airport

Flights for Myanmar Tours
Air Bagan aircraft at an airport

Boat and Ferry Service

For budget travelers or adventurous ones, we will strongly recommend traveling by boat and ferry where needed. The most popular route is from MandalayBagan and vice versa. There are a few companies, both government and private, offering ferry transfer service. After trying and really experiencing services, we decide to use Malikha River Cruise and Shwe Keinnery for their good service status. These two companies are run by the private organization, local owner.
ferry in Myanmar
Shwe Keinnery River Cruise
ferry in Myanmar 2
Malikha River Cruise
Overnight River Cruises
River cruises in Myanmar are available in Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers. Operating a cruise on river cost lots of money and only big companies can afford. This results in the price for a Myanmar river cruise trips rather expensive. Our top choice is Road To Mandalay cruise (which organized by Belmond Group, their base is in Singapore) for short cruise trips normally from 4 – 6 days. For longer itinerary, we pick Pandaw and Paukan for their long-standing reputation.
myanmar river cruise
The Port in Bagan of Road to Mandalay cruise by Belmond

For Train Travel

We only offer train travel for real adventurous customers as this type of service requires a perfectly good health to prevent dizzy and faint while the train is moving. Our expert has experienced it and posted a guide here. Myanmar Government is the sole organization controlling the railway so the price is affordable for all Burmese. However, the rail bumping is a significant problem. You cannot expect to have sound sleep or read anything while onboard. The overnight train is no air condition, only the fan to harmonize the air and the door is locked by a hook that can loose easily when the coach bumps. Despite this fact, SEA WANDER tours still recommends short train such as Circle train in Yangon for an exotic experience. For those ones desperately want this adventure, we do organize bearable berth cabins for our customers. There are not many soft berth cabins and each cabin will be prepared with 4 berths.
Myanmar train travle
Read our post on accommodation selection
2017-2018 hotel updates for more comfort and affordable prices on Myanmar packages for our travelers. Name list of hotels ranging from 2 to 5-star hotels and help you to understand more the settings of travel industry in Myanmar.
For anything unclear or more detailed questions, please kindly drop us a message at info@seawander.asia or call 27/4 hotline: 84-90-224-3637

Thứ Năm, 2 tháng 8, 2018

Obtain myanmar Visa via eVISA

Early Sep 2014, burma Government officially launched a portal for e-Visa application which is expected to supply quick and easy services to tourists planning adventure to myanmar. Today we are going to contain a quick view of the procedure and core regulations.
In recent years, burma has become a new traveler attraction. In order to proposal convenience for oversea tourists traveling to myanmar, the government of this nation now supplies e-Visa service for foreign travelers since Sep 2014. This is some information for you about myanmar e-Visa service.
Myanmar visa

HOW numerous COUNTRIES may APPLY FOR burma E-VISA?

On very primary launch, the system accepts the application from citizens of 43 countries. Since Nov 2014, the list added 24 more countries. Totally, the system may process the application from 68 countries at quick and convenience. E-Visa now has been extended up 32 more countries, made the total up to 100 countries. You can scan whether your nationality is listed via this this link.

E-VISA burma APPLYING PROCEDURE

To obtain a burma E-visa, you have to access http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ and accomplish 4 following steps:
Step 1: Fill in the secure online visa form
The applicant is required to enter all the necessary information in the visa form.
Step 2: Confirm and pay
The applicant needs to verify all the information entered is correct previous proceeding to the next step. Make the payment with Credit Card. An acknowledgment email with application reference code will be sent to applicant's email.
Step 3: Get approval letter within three (03) days
The approval process could take up to three (03) working days. The applicant will receive e-Visa approval letter via email once approved. Print out the approval letter and take along with the passport. You will need to present it upon arrival.
Step 4: Get e-Visa stamped upon arrival
Upon arrival to burma Immigration checkpoint, present e-Visa approval letter and passport to Immigration officer and get the passport stamped.

myanmar VISA APPLYCATION FEE

Fee for a traveler Visa online is US$50 (S$62.52) and Visa valid within 28 days. This applies for Single Entry only. In case, you are not sure about the form filling, HIT myanmar will do this on your behalf and pay the fee. Please kindly, pay all online credit cart online payment fees if any.
Myanmar Visa on arrival


special NOTICES ON YOUR burma VISA APPLICATION

1. Tourist visa issued with e-Visa system will be launched at 06:00 on 1st September 2014.
2. Regarding the information of e-Visa is on website www.evisa.moip.gov.mm and the information of restricted area on www.mip.gov.mm.
3. You may apply as following procedures:
- Your passport validity ought to contain AT LEAST 6 MONTHS.
- You ought to present one COLOR photo (4 cm X 6 cm) taking during 3 months and return ticket.
- The length of stay is 28 days from the date of arrival in myanmar.
- You pay the application fee, US$ 50 by using Visa, Master, Amex, and JCB - Credit/ Debit.
- You will not be refunded whether e-Visa is granted or not.
- The system will reply the information if the application is received or not within 1 HOURS.
- The processing time is maximum 03 DAYS WORKING for granting e-Visa or not.
- The validity of e-Visa approval letter is 3 MONTHS from the issued date. If it is expired, the entry will be denied.
4. If the applicant mentioned children under 7 years antique who is accompany with him/her, you have to put the name of that child, date of birth in the minor block of the application form.
5. The applicant should complete own individual data whether the passenger is FIT or package journey.
6. Duration of visa validity you may only use single entry. Do not permit to enter again.
7. For initial, passengers with e-Visa are only permitted to enter at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw airports.

8. The passengers from international cruise ships may NOT use eVisa for their entry via sea ports. Please contact to the ships or a tours operator in burma to complete your visa procedure.
9. If the decision is not allowed to entry, you could return by the same flight.
10. Ordinary passport holders from the next countries are giving visa exemption for 14 days: Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Brunei.

Should you possess any question or concern, please contact us or call to our most convenient diplomatic office (refer myanmar Embassies list here)
Important Annoucement:
myanmar Government stopped all Visa On Arrival process for tourists from travel Agents. All tourists are advised to process their burma visa directly at the sole online portal address: www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. Be aware of the websites claim that they can process Visa On Arrival for you!

Reveal Secrets of Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle, where myanmar, Laos and Thailand intersect, is steeped in history and indigenous culture. Historically this region has been well-known as a hot hub of opium planting, but now it has become an captivating tourism area in Indochina.

How to reach the Golden Triangle

This region belongs to Shan state, which is located in eastern burma and has borders with countries of Laos, Thailand and China. There are some radiant towns in the Golden Triangle that should be paid attention, including Kyaing Tong (or Keng Tung), Tachileik and Mongla.
To arrive the Golden Triangle, travelers may carry a flight from Mandalay, Yangon or Heho to Tachileik or Kyaing Tong; then from Tachileik and Kyaing Tong, travelers could transfer to other areas.

What to do and get to in the Golden Triangle

Overall, there are two main activities in this region:
  • go to Burmese pagodas, monasteries and churches.
  • Trek to special hill tribe villages and uncover crafts.

1. Kyaing Tong (or often called Kyaing Tung or Keng Tung) town
This is the capital city of the Golden Triangle which is bordered by China, Laos and Thailand. The city is surrounded by attractive mountains and forests. Kyaing Tong was shut for tourists for many years due to opium trafficking. Nowadays, it rivals other regions of burma offering some of the most attractive landscape in the country.
Kyaing Tung Trekking

Kyaing Tong is a historical area where you are able to find out antique Buddhist temples and other religion constructions. This is also an ideal place for trekking and exploring minorities' cultural diversity, lifestyle and custom.
These are some interesting places travelers may visit in Kyaing Tong.
  • Lonely Tree Hill (or One Tree Hill): Travelers will experience a charming sunset on this hill where a lone, 245-year-old Kanyin - Byu (DipterocarpusSpp) tree stands.
  • Kyaing Tong Central Market: This is a hasty and colorful site, where various hill tribes converge to purchase and sell their wares. On the market, travelers could soak up the local atmosphere and capture colorful photos.
  • Traditional Water Buffalo Market: This featured market is for buying and selling healthy buffaloes used for farming, transportation, getting milk and meat.
  • Loi Mwe: This hill station is 33km away from Kyaing Tung. Loimwe means "misty mountain". It is at an altitude of over 1,600 meters above see-level. It has the magnificent spectacle and the temperate climate. This area has remained British architectural constructions, with the Catholic Church built in 1929 and tremendous colonial buildings. Besides, in Loi Mwe, you can adventure Loi Mwe lake and Four-country Friendship pagoda. The way leading to Loi Mwe passes through forests, terraced rice fields. On the way, you may stop to discover villages of the Lahu, Wa and Akha.
  • Ka Bar Aye Pagoda (WatPratartJomDoi): Historical "Ka Bar Aye" Pagoda is on top of a hill with eye-catching landscape. Reaching here, you will pass rubber plantation and seasonal cultivation fields.
  • MaHa MyatMuNi Pagoda: The Pagoda festival is held annually in November. Its space is serene that is appropriate for praying and meditation.

Besides, you could visit other well known places in Kyaung Tung, including Wat Inn Monastery, Pha Lian Monastery, Jom Kham Monastery & Pagoda, Satuyatha Thumingala Pagoda, Standing Buddha Image (or Yat Taw Mu Buddha Image), Naung Tong Lake, Roman Catholic Mission (R.C.M) Church, Golden Triangle Golf Club and Mya Shwe hot spring.
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Hill races in Kyaing Tong are truly primary. Travelers be able to encounter different ethnic minorities, such as the Ann (or Eng, who possess a love for black teeth and tobacco chewing), Akha, Akhu, Lahu, Shan, Loi, Wa, Palaung, Kala and Lisu. You could trek to these villages and experience the life of locals. Specially, yous may encounter craftsman and explore crafts of hill tribes like weaving, pottery, Shan blacksmith or Shan traditional lacquer ware.
These are some villages close to Kyaing Tong travelers could trek to.
  • Pottery village Yan Gone, where you can observe the handcrafted earthen pots of Shan tribe and search for Shan pottery.
  • Ho Kyin villages: It is a typical Akha race village with colorful dresses. They believe in different religions (Buddhist, Animist and Christian) and their traditional costume.
  • Na Phi Phank village, where Lahu and Akha tribes live together
  • MongZine (Khun Village), where you can realize traditional Lahu knives made by Lahu blacksmith.
  • Gon Shan village: You be able to realize extraordinary long house in here.
  • Pin Tauk: In this area, you will see silver headdress “Akha tribe”, which has rich culture and timeless tradition, “black teeth” Eng tribe and rice-distillery Shan villages.
  • Kong Pack (Lahu Shee): Ascending hill to “LahuShee” village, you can admire stunning scenery and golden rice fields at over 1500 meters above sea level. Descending, you can travel Wan NoungSar “Silver Palaung” village.
  • Wan Nyet - Wan Sheng: This destination is near China border with beautiful spectacle. You be able to walk round to visit wooden Monastery of the Loi over 385 years antique and Wan Seng Monastery, and witness Loi (Lwe) tribe living in typical long-houses with traditional life-style.

Kyaing Tung Trekking fields

Other villages you may choose for your trekking tours: Phata (Akha), Pang Ma Phai (Akha), Joe Phyu (Wa), Wan Lun (Shan), Ho Lup (Akha), Nang Cho (Wa), Pan Wai (Lahu) and Nant Lin Taung (Eng).
2. Tachileik (Thailand Border)
Tachileik is the border town of burma with Thailand, one of the Asia highway passing through myanmar. Around this town, you be able to travel burma - Thailand Friendship Bridge, Shwedagon pagoda, Chinese Monastery, Ho Nam Monastery, Lang Taung Pagoda, Maha Myat Muni Monastery, Temple of the Enrobed Elephant, Wan Tong Two Dragon Monastery, Wan Pong Port, Ta-lot market, Morning market and Padaung tribe villages.
  • Tachileik’s replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda – a well known gilded stupa in Yangon, grounds showcase sculptures of mythical creatures. It has statues of Buddha’s disciples flanking a large golden Buddha and brilliant views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Karen hill tribe (or Padaung tribe) is well-known by their long-necks. Traditionally, the woman has lengthened their neck by the way of wearing heavy brass coils, which represent beauty and tribal identity. You should be respectful as walking their village and shoot limited photos. On villages, you be able to purchase handicrafts from local artisans.
  • The local market has various goods, from modern clothing and DVDs to crafts and thanaka – a yellowish face powder commonly used as makeup by Burmese women and girls.
  • Particularly, you be able to carry a boat on attractive Mekong river and realize the view point on the bank where the three countries actually encounter.

3. Mong La (China Border)
Mongla is a Chinese border town, where has Loi villages. The spectacle along the road to Mongla is wonderful with outstanding view and mountains. From this town, you can adventure the glamorous Wood Monastery built over 300 years ago and set your foot to Loi villages that is rarely visited by foreigners.
About some highlights of this area, you can explore typical houses of "Tai Lue" (Lueshan) villages, Two-country Friendship Pagoda, Drug Museum, the local market, Mong Ma village the wildlife market.
Kyaing Tung Trek adventures

The Second Largest Ringing Bell - Mingun

Mingun bell is stored at Pahtodawgyi pagoda in Mingun, a town in Sagaing Region, located 11 km up the Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay, burma. With a short drive out of Mandalay you can reach to the bell and spent some hours to admire the biggest bell of the world till 2000.

The Mingun temple is a monumental uncompleted stupa began by King Bodawpaya in 1790. It was not completed, due to an astrologer claiming that, once the temple was finished, the king would die. The completed stupa would possess been the largest in the world at 150 metres (490 ft). Visiting Pahtodawgyi pagoda you be able to realize huge cracks which were affected by the earthquake of 23 March 1839
King Bodawpaya also had a gigantic bell cast to go with his huge stupa, the Mingun Bell weighing 90 tons, and was the largest ringing bell in the world till 2000. That is the must seen destination when you consider spending some day in Mandalay, myanmar. The weight of the bell in Burmese measurement, is 55,555 viss or peiktha (1 viss = 1.63 kg), handed down as a mnemonic "Min Hpyu Hman Hman Pyaw", with the consonants representing the number 5 in Burmese astronomy and numerology.
The bell was said to inclue been cast on the opposite side of the river and was transported by using two boats, which after crossing the river, proceeded up two specially built canals. The canals were then dammed and the bell was lifted by raising the water level by the addition of earth into the blocked canal. In this way the bell was originally suspended.
The Mingun Bell was knocked off its supports as a result of a grand earthquake on 1839. It was resuspended by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in March 1896 using screw jacks and levers using funds from public subscription. The party to celebrate was attended by numerous and an hourly boat was required to bring visitors from closeby Mandalay.
Mingun Bell remain the biggest ringing bell over the world with the ellipse one at 116 tons built in China.
How to carry a adventure there:
  • Mandalay Cool Retreat - a short adventure offers sounds and sights of Mandalay including Mingun bell and surroudings
  • Contact Seawander.asia for serveral customized trips to travel Mingun Bell and sourrouding Mandalay


Pahtodawgyi pagoda, Myanmar
Pahtodawgyi pagoda overview

Mingun bell photo in 1880
Mingun photo in 1880s

Mingun bell
the bell today

How to Planning Your myanmar tours

A little planning and preparation will help your trip much more enjoyable. Here are our advice and guide step by step for those one looking and planning for a perfect myanmar holiday.

Step 1: Get a burma adventure idea


burma (Burma) is the largest country in mainland of South East Asia. You want to travel to burma? Obviously, Yes. But...where or which particular places in Myanmar? Uhm...oh...
burma (Burma) is the largest country in mainland of South East Asia. You want to adventure to Myanmar? Obviously, Yes. But...where or which particular places in Myanmar? Uhm...oh...If that question could make you confused, let's go to our Maps of Highlights page. This page should be the first place you be able to want to start with.
This page shows you the most well known destinations of myanmar on an interactive map. You may own a visible understanding of where is where and by a single click on each place name, our website leads you to introductory post of this site that guides you the most highlight features of the site.
If your desired places, by any opportunity, does not include on this page, don't hesitate to drop us an email at info(at)myanmartour(dot)com. We have them all here.

Step 2: Pick a tours or tailor-made it as your wish

After getting the places you want to go, go back to our tours packages list where you can realize several trips under four main themes: Classic packages - for general travel purposes and anyone may carry them, Luxury holidays - with brilliant, unique services for generous pocketing travellers, journey tour - for trekking, hiking, biking fans (some of the adventures are very hard and not recommended for all physical levels. If you are not sure, please contact to our support team) and Excursions - for in-depth explorations to a specific place.
What if I don't like any tours samples or such as some of them? - Travel our Tailor Made tool, send your request and our Support team will do this for you right away. The amazing news is that all our burma packages is independent journey, then you may customize it to whatever you want.

Step 3: Obtain Visa and Book International flights

Now you possess two ways to obtain Visa to burma. The first is to travel a burma Diplomatic Rep Office in your home country - check up the list here. The second is Visa On Arrival which is easier and cheaper. From Sep 01, 2014, burma government launched eVisa portal for foreign citizens from over 100 countries. The official website is www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. Online payment by credit/debit cards is accepted.
following, you should book international flights early in order to get your favorite flight and good prices. You be able to choose any airline but the thing you should pay attention is transit time. Some just bring few hours. Some can bring up to a day. In this situation, you should manage a hotel close to the airport for resting. This is just a small point in your trip but fails to do so, your myanmar trip becomes hard right from the begin.
Here is the list of the most well known transit cities for flights to Myanmar:
- Singapore - for passengers mostly coming from Australia.
Click here for hotel list near the Singapore airport.
- Bangkok - for passenger mostly coming from European countries.
Click here for hotel list near the Bangkok airport.
- Hongkong - for passenger mostly coming from the USA.
Click here for hotel list near the Hongkong Airport.
- Kunming, China - for passengers from China.
Click here for hotel list near the Kunming Airport.


Step 4: go to Light and Neat

Pack things for up to two weeks visit is not easy if you want to keep it neat and light. The general advice is just to carry really basic things, otherwise, you may realize your trip heavy all the times and increase the risk of losing your private items. Carry a spectacle of our suggestions below:
  • Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to pack.
  • make sure your individual documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order.
  • We offer that you make photocopies of passports, visas, independent ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll possess copies for easier reporting and replacement.
  • You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names.
  • We suggest that you pack a portable alarm clock.
  • Avoid placing valuables like cameras in your checked luggage.



We found an very interesting and detailed post on packing your lugguage guide by an tour expert here. The list is truly useful for any traveler.


Step 5: Well-prepared for Culture Crash

burma is an Asian country not open to the world until just a few recent years. You should prepare for the difference in tremendous aspects of your home country. For example: the price of the hotel is particularly as high as in the Western hotels but the conditions and standards be able to be rather far from those hotel standards (more on burma accommodation); you can encounter Burmese men with black teeth because of chewing betel habit or wearing long skirts - called "longis"; you could fly on free seat domestic flights and stop at the midway for transferring and collecting more passengers (more details here) etc... There are numerous other things. But if you get on well with these features, you will be awarded back to warm, honest, friendly Burmese citizen and a special culture that was hardly seen in other parts while traveling in Asia.

Thứ Tư, 1 tháng 8, 2018

How to Get great burma Train Ride

It is not that bad for short burma train ride upto 3-4 hours, even it is very fun and brings you real sight of local people. We suggest the train rout Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin for any train get to fans because its striking scenery along the way and the amazing experience of real Burmese lives.
You will need flying to Mandalay to take this adventure. The train will begin from Mandalay station to Pyin Oo Lwin. We offer this because, this train takes you to the most breathtaking bridge of myanmar - Gokteik viaduct. As one of the most wonderful construction and the highest bridge for trains of myanmar, Gokteik is located at the central region of this nation, from about 100 km northwest of Mandalay city, between Pyin Oo Lwin town (the summer resort of British before) and Lashio town. Being completed at 1900, it had been the widest and highest bridge for train. Travelers could go through this creepy viaduct by departing from Mandalay or Pyin Oo Lwin toward northern Nawnghkio.

Train to Pyin Oo Lwin

When passing this over-100-year-old bridge, trains will move at the same speed of walkers to avoid strong concussions which can destroy it and to guarantee safety. It takes 25 minutes to go through Gokteik. The majestic viaduct as well as spectacular forest spectacle will create impressive photos for travelers. When the train just leaves the bridge, passengers should not put cameras into bags, because the train from the north may run back immediately. Meanwhile, travelers be able to bring some photos of an entire train which is crossing the bridge.
Gokteik Viaduct Myanmar

The train totally takes around 4 hours. You should stay in Pyin Oo Lwin one night for a cool retreat. The following day you could go further north for a burma trekking journey to discover mountain tribes. Even if not, this train ride is a fanstatic way to experience very special mode of transportation in burma previous you getting back to Mandalay. We recommend this train ride for all types or travelers with any physical levels.

Obtain myanmar Visa via eVISA

Early Sep 2014, myanmar Government officially launched a portal for e-Visa application which is expected to supply quick and easy services to tourists planning go to to myanmar. Today we are going to own a quick view of the procedure and core regulations.
In recent years, myanmar has become a new traveler attraction. In order to suggestion convenience for oversea tourists traveling to burma, the government of this nation now supplies e-Visa service for foreign travelers since Sep 2014. This is some information for you about myanmar e-Visa service.
Myanmar visa

HOW numerous COUNTRIES be able to APPLY FOR myanmar E-VISA?

On very first launch, the system accepts the application from citizens of 43 countries. Since Nov 2014, the list added 24 more countries. Totally, the system be able to process the application from 68 countries at quick and convenience. E-Visa now has been extended up 32 more countries, made the total up to 100 countries. You may scan whether your nationality is listed via this this link.

E-VISA burma APPLYING PROCEDURE

To obtain a burma E-visa, you must access http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ and accomplish 4 following steps:
Step 1: Fill in the secure online visa form
The applicant is required to enter all the necessary information in the visa form.
Step 2: Confirm and pay
The applicant needs to verify all the information entered is correct prior proceeding to the next step. Make the payment with Credit Card. An acknowledgment email with application reference code will be sent to applicant's email.
Step 3: Get approval letter within three (03) days
The approval process be able to bring up to three (03) working days. The applicant will receive e-Visa approval letter via email once approved. Print out the approval letter and carry along with the passport. You will need to present it upon arrival.
Step 4: Get e-Visa stamped upon arrival
Upon arrival to burma Immigration checkpoint, present e-Visa approval letter and passport to Immigration officer and get the passport stamped.

burma VISA APPLYCATION FEE

Fee for a adventurer Visa online is US$50 (S$62.52) and Visa valid within 28 days. This applies for Single Entry only. In case, you are not sure about the form filling, HIT burma will do this on your behalf and pay the fee. Please kindly, pay all online credit cart online payment fees if any.
Myanmar Visa on arrival


featured NOTICES ON YOUR burma VISA APPLICATION

1. Tourist visa issued with e-Visa system will be launched at 06:00 on 1st September 2014.
2. Regarding the information of e-Visa is on website www.evisa.moip.gov.mm and the information of restricted area on www.mip.gov.mm.
3. You can apply as following procedures:
- Your passport validity have to have AT LEAST 6 MONTHS.
- You must present one COLOR photo (4 cm X 6 cm) taking during 3 months and return ticket.
- The length of stay is 28 days from the date of arrival in burma.
- You pay the application fee, US$ 50 by using Visa, Master, Amex, and JCB - Credit/ Debit.
- You will not be refunded whether e-Visa is granted or not.
- The system will reply the information if the application is received or not within 1 HOURS.
- The processing time is maximum 03 DAYS WORKING for granting e-Visa or not.
- The validity of e-Visa approval letter is 3 MONTHS from the issued date. If it is expired, the entry will be denied.
4. If the applicant mentioned children under 7 years antique who is accompany with him/her, you have to put the name of that child, date of birth in the minor block of the application form.
5. The applicant should complete own own data whether the passenger is FIT or package adventure.
6. Duration of visa validity you may only use single entry. Do not allow to enter again.
7. For initial, passengers with e-Visa are only permitted to enter at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw airports.

8. The passengers from international cruise ships can NOT use eVisa for their entry via sea ports. Please contact to the ships or a tour operator in myanmar to complete your visa procedure.
9. If the decision is not allowed to entry, you could return by the identical flight.
10. Ordinary passport holders from the next countries are giving visa exemption for 14 days: Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Brunei.

Should you possess any question or concern, please contact us or call to our most convenient diplomatic office (refer burma Embassies list here)
Important Annoucement:
burma Government stopped all Visa On Arrival process for tourists from go to Agents. All tourists are advised to process their myanmar visa directly at the sole online portal address: www.evisa.moip.gov.mm. Be aware of the websites claim that they can process Visa On Arrival for you!

Thứ Ba, 31 tháng 7, 2018

[PHOTOS] Portraits of burma (Burma) by Our Customer

SEA WANDER tours is honored to introduce portraits of burma with captivating photos by Michael Kennedy - who traveled with us in November, 2016 and shared these outstanding images.
Kennedy was a professional photographer for 20 years, primarily a photojournalist. He achieved publication in tremendous newspapers and magazines, including Sports Illustrated, a outstanding American magazine.
Kennedy stepped away from that world for 15-years to be a high school English teacher. He is now retired, and never far from a camera.

Kennedy was an awesome customer that we were very lucky to meet. Each email he sent reflected his enjoyable sense of humor, and they were always so pleasant to read. He rated us a five-star experience upon arriving home from his burma trip. Read the review of his myanmar adventure on our website or in Trustpilot .


Acknowledgment - All photos displayed here are the work of Michael Kennedy. SEA WANDER has permission to post these photos on our websites and channels only. All other use of these photos ought to possess the consent of Michael Kennedy.

Myanmar Women on train
Myanmar Taxi Driver Myanmar 91 Years old woman

Myanmar Man in a Van

Myanmar Woman with Tanaka

Myanmar Long NeckMyanmar Nun

Myanmar Bhudda

Myanmar Wedding couples

Myanmar Generation Gap