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Things To Keep In Mind Before Visiting Myanmar

Travelers Today       By    Jestan Dale Mendame

Updated: Mar 03, 2017 05:21 AM EST

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Myanmar has a lot of amazing architecture in it which is why a lot of travelers are coming to this place. This country is also know for having many pagodas, especially in Bagan.
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Myanmar is an exciting travel destination because it has a lot of attractions and activities to offer. It's slowly becoming a top tourist spot so if you're planning your next trip to this beautiful place, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Is Myanmar Different From Burma?

These two names refer to one place. According to National Geographic, the name was changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1989--and it's pronounced as me-yan-mar not my-an-mar. However, when you describe a place, a person, language or anything that is associated with this country, the adjective is still Burmese.

Find A Tour Guide

You can't just visit this place and expect a bunch of tour guides to give you a warm welcome at the airport. It's best if you find a guide that knows the attractions, culture and language of this country. You can look up a few tours online that offer Myanmar travel packages for those going solo or in groups.

Blend In

Myanmar is located in the tropics so the climate is pretty humid and hot. Try to bring some light and long clothes that can give you comfort but can still protect your body from the sun. According to International Traveller, this country also has a big Buddhist population so it's best to have a couple of clothes that would cover up your shoulders and knees.

You Can Apply For A Visa Online

Except for Singapore nationals, Myanmar does require foreigners to obtain tourist visas. But what's nice about this place is that it's really easy to get a visa and it would just cost you $50 for one. You can stay for about 28 days and you must enter the country at two airports either at Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay.

Be Ready To Tip

An average person makes less than $350 in this country so be ready to give some tips. It's not compulsory but doing so will help these people a lot. You can give out tips whenever you get good service from waiters, drivers and tour guides. 

Now that you know a few things about Myanmar, try to plan your trip and enjoy this awesome place. It has so much in store for everyone so it's definitely worth a visit.

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