Yangon : Yangon International Airport is located 20 km from downtown Yangon. The Arrival Terminal is located separately from the Departure Terminal and the Domestic Terminal and simplified procedures ensure that on arrival and departure. international passengers are processed quickly through immigration and customs. The Yangon International Airport works 24 hours daily.
Mandalay : Mandalay International Airport is located in the centre of Myanmar about 35km outside Mandalay. the country’s second largest city. It takes approximately 1hr to get from the airport to the centre of the city. It is a modern airport with six passenger boarding bridges and three of them can handle modern Boeing 747-400 planes.
A Limousine Service Counter is located in the Arrival Hall. Major hotels provide transfer services; and taxis are also available. Passengers are advised not to use the services of touts for taxi or other services.
* Government Offices 09:30 to 16:30 hrs. - Weekdays Mon. to Fri.
* Banks 10:30 to 14:00 hrs. - Weekdays Mon. to Fri.
* Shops 10:00 to 21:00 hrs. - Mon. through Sat. some open on Sunday too
International Driving Permit required which must be presented to the authorities to endorse or issue a Visitor license.
Newspapers & Journals - Three morning newspapers Myanmar Ah Lin and Kye mon in Myanmar and The New Light of Myanmar in English are published in Yangon and The Yadanabon News in Myanmar is published in Mandalay. Myanmar Times Journal (English Version) is distributed every Monday. and the Myanmar Version is distributed ever Friday. Both journals are published in Yangon. The locally published magazines in English; Golden Myanmar. Myanmar Chronicle. and Myanmar Perspective. are available in bookshops. Foreign newspapers such International Herald Tribune. as Singapore Straits Times. and some foreign magazines and periodicals are available at In-wa (Ava) Bookshop. No.232. Sule Pagoda Road. There are also a huge variety of magazines. ranging from monthly to biannuals. although their market is smaller compared to the "journals".
Radio - Radio Myanmar broadcasts English on the following schedule: 8:30 am to 9:00am 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm; and 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. The new City FM broadcasts from 08:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.. and from 13:00 P.M. to 17:00 P.M. daily. starting from January 1. 2002.
Television - There are two local TV channels: TV Myanmar and Myawaddy with programs running from 7 am to 4 am; and from 4 pm to 11 pm. Most hotels also have satellite TV. Myawaddy was started on the 27th March. 1995. The average broadcasting hours is about 8 hours per day when it started. But now.
MRTV 3 - English programs are telecast for viewers in Myanmar from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. The transmission hours for viewers from abroad are from 13:00 A.M. to 14:00 A.M.. 18:00 P.M. to 19:00 P.M.. and from 02:00 A.M. to 04:00 A.M. It is an English channel for oversea audience. It can be received from 126 countries and is transmitted from Thaicom-3 C Band Global beam. In addition. the Ministry have also broadcast the MRTV3 programs pm the Internet using web based video streaming system via the gateway of Myanma Posts and Telecommunications. It can be accessed on Internet through http://www.mrtv3.net.mm web site.
MRTV 4 - It was launched on (15-5-2004) like a streaming video via satellite. MRTV 4 contains non-formal education programs and other entertainment programs. But for receiving. it can be matched by MMBox (Myanmar Media Box). This transmission contains educational programs from Ministries. Myanmar movies. English movies with Myanmar subtitles. cartoon programs and other entertainment programs. The transmission time is from 7 am to 11pm daily. For more quality and convenience. MRTV 4 will soon be broadcasting with Digital Video Broadcasting Technology (DVBT) terrestrial system.
The main tourist centers are located at a distance from Yangon. and it is convenient for visitors to travel by domestic flights. Myanmar Airways. Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways operate flights of major tourist sites including Mandalay. Bagan. Heho. Thandwe. Myitkyina. Tachileik and Kawthaung.
Yangon-Mandalay is the main rail link with four express trains running daily between Yangon and Mandalay. Furnished coaches (Cherry and Padauk) for a group of 4 or 8 persons are available. From Thazi on the Yangon-Mandalay line. a branch line runs to Shwenyaung (the nearest station to Inlay Lake) and to Taunggyi.
From Mandalay. there are rail services to Pyin Oo Lwin. Lashio. Monywa and Bagan. There is also a rail service from Yangon to Bagan which operate on alternate days.
* Dagon-man 01-277503
* Station Enquiry 01-274027
* Malikha-Mandalar 02-21385
* San Thaw Tar 01-221460
* Goods Train 01-222700
Most tourist sites are also accessible by road. There are 12 Highway Bus services running between Yangon and Mandalay using air-conditioned coaches. Traveling time is about 14 hours with brief stop - overs at Taungoo and Pyinmana. Limousine taxis and mini-buses are available in Yangon for sightseeing and up country tours.
Myanmar has many rivers and a large delta in which the Inland Water Transport operates a huge fleet of double and triple-decker boats. There is a regular service between Bhamaw and Mandalay and between Mandalay and Pyay (Prome) via Bagan.
If any tourist gets sick inspite of all the precautions. many hospitals can cater for foreigners medical needs. Some are as follows :
- Asia Royal Hospital
# 14, Baho Road, Sanchaung Township, Yangon.
Tel : (95-1) 538 055
- Pun Hlaing Hospital
Pun Hlaing Golf Estate Ave, Hlaing Thayar Township, Yangon.
Tel : (95-1) 684323
- Witoria General Hospital
# 68, Taw Win Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon.
Tel : (95-1) 666128
- SOS Assistance
Inya Lake Hotel. 37 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon.
Tel : (95-1) 667877. 667879
- Kandawgyi Clinic
Tel : (95-1) 530083
- Pacific Medical Centre & Dental Surgery
81. Kaba Aye Pagoda Road
Tel : (95-1) 548022
|88. Strand Road. Kyauktada Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-251810. 251797. 251798. 251809. 246462. 246463
|11(B). Than Lwin Road . Bahan Tsp.. Yangon
Tel: 951-515275. 526144
|317/319. U Wisara Road. Sanchaung Tsp.. Yangon
Tel: 951-526985. 524285
|25 (3B/4B). New University Avenue Road. Bahan Tsp.. Yangon.
|1. Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road . Dagon Tsp.. Yangon
Tel: 951-221280. 221281. 224025. 224097. 221926t
Fax: 951-227019. 228319
|81. Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road . Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-222886. 222887t
|102. Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-212178. 212520. 212523. 212528. 512532
|9. Bogyoke Aung San Museum Street. Bahan Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-548951. 548952. 548953
||545 - 547. Merchant Street. Kyauktada Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-391219. 388412. 243972
Fax: 951-254086. 250164. 388414
||100. Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-254465. 254469. 229750
||15. Khabaung Street. Hlaing Tsp.. Yangon.
||3. Inya Myaing Road. Golden Valley. Bahan Tsp..Yangon.
Tel: 951-527100. 527101
|100. Natmauk Road. Bahan Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-549644-8. 540411. 540400. 540399. 545988
|77C. Shin Saw Pu Road. Sanchaung Tsp.. Yangon
Tel: 951-512642. 510205
|97. University Avenue. Bahan Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-527142. 527143. 527144. 515190
|A-1. Diplomatic Quarters. Taw Win St. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
|82. Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon
Tel: 951-220248. 220249. 220251. 220230
|16. Natmauk Yeiktha Lane. Tamwe Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-545880. 557168
|A-4. Diplomatic Quarters. Pyay Road. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
|50. Saya San Road. Bahan Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-558149. 558150. 558151
|38. Sagawa Road. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-241955. 254161
||287/289. U Wisara Road. Sanchaung Tsp. Yangon
Tel: 951-536153. 516952
||114-A. Inya Road. Kamaryut Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-515282. 515283
||238. Dhamazedi Road. Bahan Tsp.. Yangon.
Fax: 951-559002. 559922
||34. Taw Win Street. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
||94. Pyay Road. Dagon Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-226721. 226728. 226824
||80. Kan-na Road. Kyauktada Tsp.. Yangon.
Tel: 951-370867.380322.371852. 371853. 256438. 370863
|United State of America
||110. University Avenue.Kamayut Tsp. Yangon
Tel: 951-536509. 535756
||72. Than Lwin Road. Bahan Tsp. Yangon
Greetings and Farewell
|Auspicious to you all||Mingalar Ba|
|How are you?||nei kaun: ye. la:|
|Good morning||mingala nan ne khin: ba|
|Good afternoon||kaun:tho:nei Khin: ba|
|Good evening||kaun: tho: nya. nei khin: ba|
|Good night / Good Bye||thwa: bi|
|Please to meet you.||twei. ya. da wan: tha ba de|
|See you again||noun gya. thei: da paw.|
Yes / No Words
|Yes (Male)||hou' ke khin bya.|
|Yes (Female)||hou'ke shin.|
|Yes (both genders)||in:|
|No (it isnt)||hin. in: ma hou' phu|
|Okay / Alright / Agreed||kaun: bi|
|It's all right||ya ba de|
|Thank you||kyei: zu: tin ba de|
|Thank you very much||kyei:zu: amya: gyi: tin ba de|
|You are welcome||kyo zo ba de:|
|I beg your pardon (apology).||sei' mashi. ba ne|
|I beg your pardon (Male)||khin mya (?)|
|I beg you pardon (Female)||Shin (?)|
|Sorry||sel' mashi ba ne.|
|Excuse me||thi: khan ba|
|You are so kind.||a: na zaya gyi:|
|Don't feel awkward.||a: ma na ba ne|
|Can I help you?||ku nyi ba ya. zei|
|I don't mind. its alright.||kei' sa mashi ba bu:|
|Good Luck||kan kaun: ba zei|
Questions and Requests
|How much?||be lau'le:|
|What's that?||e: da ba le:|
|Where is the restroom?||ein tha be ma shi. tha le:|
|What time is it?||bel na nar yi shi byi lel|
|May I go now?||thwa: gwin. pyu. ba oun:|
|Do you understand?||khamya: na: le tha la:|
|May I take a photograph?||da' poun yai' lo. ya. mala:|
|May I use the telephone?||te li hpon: thoun: lo. ya.ma la:|
|Where is ...?||...be na: ma le:|
|How much do I owe you?||be lau' kya. tha le:|
|I want to go ...||...go thwa:gyin ba de|
|I want...||...gyin de|
|Which way?||be lan ga thwah ya ma ke'|
|How Far?||be' lauk way tha le'|
|Where are you going?||be thwa ma lou le'|
|Very expensive||zei: mya:de|
|I cannot speak Myanmar||Myanmar lo mata' bu:|
|I don't understand||na: ma le bu:|
|Really?||da ge la:|
|It's impossible||ma hpyi' nain bu:|
|Possibly||hpyi' nain ba de|
|Beautiful!||h!a. lai' ta|
|Keep the change||maan: ne. daw|
|Be careful||tha di: hta: ba|
|Be careful. don't drive too fast||tha di: hta: ba: phyei: byei: maun:|
|Turn left||be be cho:|
|Turn right||nya be cho:|
|Straight ahead||te. de. thwa; ba|
|Stop here||dima ya' ba|
|Slow down||hpyei: byei:|
|Turn back||pyan hie:|
|Seven||kunit (kun)||Fourty||lay sel|
|Eleven||tasel ti||Eighty||shit sel|
|Twelve||tasel hni||Ninety||koe sel|
|Thirteen||tasel thone||One Hundred||ta yar|
|Fourteen||tasel lay||One Thousand||ta htaung|
|Fifteen||tasel ngar||One Lakh||ta thein|
|Bus Station||ba saka: hma'tain|
|Railway Station||buda youn|
|Police Station||ye: sa khan:|
|Post Office||sa dai|
|River Boat jetty||thin: baw: zei'|
|Guest house||e. yei' tha|
|Restaurant||sa: thau' hsain|
- Friendly. helpful. honest. but proud.
- Treat everyone with respect and you will be respected.
- When addressing people. don't leave out U (which stands for Mr) or Daw (which stands for Ms/Mrs).
- Speak slowly and clearly.
- Not always necessary to shake hands.
- Don't hug or kiss in public.
- Don't touch any adult on the head.
- Don't step over any part of a person. as it is considered rude.
- Accept or give things with your right hand.
- In Myanmar. unlike the Indian continent. nodding means YES. and shaking head means NO.
- For hygiene reasons. eat only in decent restaurants. When not available. always eat heated food.
- Don’t eat food purchased from street vendors.
- Don't drink tap water.
- Drink only bottled water and soft drinks that haven't been opened yet.
- Let the oldest be served first.
- Chinese food is common and suggested.
- Myanmar food are often complained as 'oily'.
- To try good Myanmar food. go to decent restaurants in Yangon area. where they cook Myanmar food according to international standards.
- When buying gems. sculptures. or any expensive souvenir. make sure it comes with an export permit.
- Buy arts from authorized dealers only and get a certified receipt.
- Don't leave expensive items in your room. Use safe deposit box.
- Beware of cheats. swindlers. imposters.
- Stay away from narcotic drugs.
- Carry some medicines for diarrhea.
- If sick. don't worry. All doctors are English literate.
- Health insurance is not available.
- Accept that facilities may not be the best.
- On trains. keep windows shut.
- Speed or distance descriptions are in miles. not kilometers.
- Carry toilet paper in your bag.
- Most Myanmar do not wear shoes in their homes. Take off when visiting.
- Don't jay walk. Watch where you walk and what you step on.
- If driving. city speed limit is 30 mph. Drive on the right side.
- At religious places. remove footwear. but to remove headwear is not necessary.
- Avoid shouting or laughing.
- Avoid being a nuisance when taking photographs.
- Treat Buddha images with respect.
- Tuck away your feet. Don't point it toward the pagoda or a monk.
- Don't play loud music in these areas. Note that Buddhist monks are not allowed to listen to music.
- Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor or somewhere inappropriate.
- Don't touch sacred objects with disrespect. Hold them in your right-hand. or with both hands.
- Leave a donation when possible.
- Show respect to monks. nuns. and novices (even if they are children).
- Don't offer your hand to shake hands with a monk.
- Sit lower than a monk and elders.
- Don't offer food to a monk. nun. or a novice after noon time.
- A woman should not touch a monk.
Nay Pyi Taw
|Police||067 - 414224|
|Fire||067 - 420005|
|Hospital||067 - 420096|
|Railway Station||067 - 22508|
|Airport||067 - 35104|
|Police (Tourist Safety Unit)||376166. 642742. 549209|
|Fire (Emergency)||191. 252011|
|Yangon General Hospital (YGH)||256112. 256123|
|Ambulance (YGH)||192. 295133|
|Tourist Information||371910. 374281|
|General Post Office||285499. 295359|
|Highway Bus Station||640469|
|Railway (Enquiry)||201555. 272176|
|Road Transport||640469. 252573|
|Inland Water Transport||250253. 289379|
|Shipping (Coastal Vessels)||283122|
||199. 02-36871. 02-36974|
|Hospital||02 - 39001~5|
|Airport (Mandalay)||02 - 87540. 02 - 87404|
|Railway Station||02 -35069. 02 - 35140|
|Post Office||02 - 21761. 02 - 21520|
|Road Transport and Bus Line||02 - 63169|
||02 - 67243|
|Fire||02 - 60191|
|Hospital||02 - 67219. 02 - 67220|
|Airport||02 - 67199|
|Railway Station||02 - 67588|
|Post Office||02 - 67009. 02 - 67347|
|Myanmar Travels and Tours||02 - 67418|
Pyin Oo Lwin
||085 - 22037|
|Fire||085 - 22323|
|Hospital||085 - 22720. 085 - 22525|
|Railway Station||085 - 22021|
|Post Office||085 - 22112|
Nyaung Shwe (Inle)
||081 - 29001|
|Post Office||081 - 29002|
|Myanmar Travels and Tours||081 - 29058|
||081 - 21009|
|Fire||081 - 21502|
|Hospital||081 - 21511|
|Post Office||081 - 21575|
|Heho Airport||081 - 29705|
|Myanma Airways||081 - 21565|
|Yangon Airways||081 - 23995|
|Air Mandalay||081 - 21330|
|Air Bagan||081 - 24737|
|Myanmar Travels and Tours||081-21611|
||084 - 21504|
|Hospital||084 - 21511|
|Post Office||084 - 21506|
|Airport||084 - 21433|
|Myanma Airways||084 - 21162|
|Fire Station||084 - 21504|
||043 - 21017. 21048|
|Hospital||043 - 23511|
|Post Office||043 - 23479|
|Airport||043 - 23455|