Myanmar is one of the hidden gems of the world. Located in Southeast Asia, this country has quickly become one of the most beautiful and challenging destinations for tourists around the globe. With staggering temples, rainforest and almost virgin beaches, Myanmar is a great choice for intrepid visitors looking for an exotic vacation. Full of culture, nature and tradition, every corner of Myanmar is a piece of art. Home to 53 million people, Myanmar is a peaceful nation that has experienced an incredible economic growth in the last five years.
In words of Rudyard Kipling, ‘’Burma (Myanmar) is quite unlike any place you know about.” With more than 100 ethnicities and cultures, Myanmar is an oasis of beauty and diversity which has managed to maintain their own identity through the centuries. The strong presence of Buddhism is reflected in the landscape as a constant procession of magnificent golden temples and pagodas which contrast with the dark green colour of overwhelming nature.
A visit to Myanmar is never completed without a visit to the stunning Bay of Bengal, the iconic pine tree landscapes, the ancient temples of Bagan and the unique Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. But further than the beauty of its architecture and traditions,it is the genuine kindness and consideration of the Burmese what makes Myanmar an unforgettable destination for any adventurous traveller.
To make the most of your time in this country, you should plan your trip in advance, exploring all your traveling options. Although Myanmar has strongly developed its tourist industry in the recent past, there is not a reliable public transport network and the road system is far from perfect. If it is your first time travelling to the country, getting informed about boat routes and prices in advance may improve your visit to Myanmar.
To visit Myanmar, you are required to have a visa and a valid passport with a minimum of six months validity from the time you enter the land. The visa for Myanmar requires an application fee of US$50. Travelers can obtain a short notice visa to Myanmar for US citizens fully online. Once your application is processed and accepted, you will receive an approval letter attached to an official email, which will allow you into the country. The single entry tourist Myanmar visa has a duration of 28 days from arrival, and it is valid for three months. Unlike in other countries of this area, there is no requirement to purchase an onward ticket out of the country in order to enter Myanmar.
If you are traveling to South East Asia in the coming weeks and you still have questions, it is possible to visit the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok or the Myanmar’s ministry of Immigration and Population website: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm.
For New York citizens, it is possible to apply for a Myanmar visa in the United States through the consulate ( NYC) and embassy (WA). The Myanmar consulate in New York is located in the heart of the city, and will provide you all information about how to obtain your Myanmar visa in New York City and prepare for the trip.
For further information, tips and practicalities about Myanmar, you are always welcome to visit the different embassies and consulates around the world.