Setting your budget to go to Myanmar - Myanmar Explorers

Setting your budget to go to Myanmar

Transport in Myanmar

From no-frills independent backpacking, staying in simple guesthouses, to luxury tours containing reputable colonial-era hotels, travelling in Myanmar can be made to fit most budgets. However, although being a poorer country than other in Southeast Asia, Myanmar does not promise much cheaper travelling. Most travelers go to Myanmar by plane, and particularly in Yangon, accommodation can be relatively expensive, due to a historic shortage of hotels. Tours Indochina Cambodia

Transport

Transport in Myanmar

Transport in Myanmar – source: travelblog.org

To travel throughout Myanmar, bus or plane is the most popular way for visitors. Depending on what class of bus you choose and the length of your journey, buses may cost you around $7 to $30. Being available on most popular routes, luxury ‘VIP’ buses necessitate a reward. Typically, for a single journey by domestic flights it will cost you between $40 and $200.

It can be more fun to take the train, but it is also not as fast as the bus – tickets’s price is around $10 – $25 depending on how far you are travelling when you book the ‘Upper Class’ seats or sleepers through Internet. Although it usually makes for an uncomfortable journey, you can get much cheaper tickets in kyat at railway stations and even much cheaper ‘Ordinary Class’ seats. Myanmar travel tours

To experience Myanmar, travelling by boat that can be used for long-distance trips on the Irrawaddy River, is a unique way. Depending on the speed of your boat and the distance you are travelling, the prices range from $10 to $70.

If you want to experience the greatest flexibility, having a car and driver taxis with car hire starting at around $70 per day, may be the perfect choice.

To get around, pickup trucks which are mostly used by local people are the cheapest way. Costing less than US$1, they can be great for short distances. However, they are usually very crowded even with people sitting on the roof and uncomfortable – only the most determined make use of them for such long journeys.

Food and drink

Burmese food

Burmese food – source: worldexpeditions.com

In general, eating out in Myanmar is quiet reasonable. For a simple meal at a local restaurant or teahouse, it should cost you from $1 to $3 while you should pay no more than $5 to $10 for something more complicated as well as for meticulously made western food. Meanwhile, it will cost you more when having meals in the upscale restaurants in many large cities and crowded tourist destinations.

You need to drink bottled water, which costs you around 30 cents for each bottle as tap water is not safe to drink. For a bottle of domestic-brand Coke, you will spend around 70 cents. It will cost you around 80 cents to $2 for a bottle of domestic beer or other domestic spirits (in hotels, bars and upmarket restaurants, it may cost more), while many kinds of imported drinks cost relatively more.

Guides and tipping

Tour guide is also important on your trip to Myanmar

Tour guide is also important on your trip to Myanmar – source: traveldudes.org

Tourists can get real benefits when hiring a guide in some locations. Typically, depending on your location, it will cost between US$10 and $20 per day for a professional English-speaking guide. However, many locals who are willing to guide you around for free are also available. To show your thanks, giving them a small amount of money – or a lovely present – in return is also advisable.

From no-frills independent backpacking, staying in simple guesthouses, to luxury tours containing reputable colonial-era hotels, travelling in Myanmar can be made to fit most budgets. However, although being a poorer country than other in Southeast Asia, Myanmar does not promise much cheaper travelling. Most travelers go to Myanmar by plane, and particularly in Yangon, accommodation can be relatively expensive, due to a historic shortage of hotels.

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