Travel

Airports

Myanmar is accessible by a variety of international airline carriers. Direct flights are available from a growing number of Asian cities, including Bangkok (a 90 minute flight), Beijing, Doha, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. Yangon and Mandalay are Myanmar’s principal international airports, although Nay Pyi Taw airport in the capital city has daily flights to Bangkok.

Ground transport

Please refer to the local travel and air safety sections of DFAT’s travel advice for Myanmar on Smartraveller for information about internal travel.

Hotels

A variety of accommodation options are available in Yangon and in other major cities like Mandalay. Visitors should be aware that due to sharply increasing demand for accommodation, the price of accommodation in Myanmar has increased significantly and is now on par with major capital cities in Australia and Asia.

Visitors should be aware that credit card use is limited in Myanmar. Visitors are advised to check with their hotel whether credit cards will be accepted, otherwise cash (typically US dollars) is required to cover accommodation costs. Alternatively, accommodation can be arranged and prepaid through an Australia-based travel agent.

Communications

Mobile phones

At the time of publication, no Australian mobile network has an international roaming agreement for Myanmar. With a limited number of exceptions, international mobile phones will generally not work in Yangon. Visitors can purchase a pre-paid SIM with a validity of one month upon arrival at the airport or from licensed sellers.

Telecommunications infrastructure in Myanmar is not currently at international standards but the recent entry of Ooredoo and Telenor into the mobile phone market is having a positive impact on price, availability and reliability of services. Landlines are often unreliable, especially outside of the major cities and prices for international calls are some of the highest in the world.

Internet services

Internet and Wi-Fi services are available in most international hotels and some coffee shops. While the range and quality of Internet access is improving, connectivity and speed is still inconsistent particularly during peak usage times. Until recently, communications were controlled by the government and internet services were managed by major state-owned enterprises including Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT) and Yatanarpon Teleport. The two international telecommunications carriers – Ooredoo and Telenor, now offer some mobile Internet services at competitive rates. Yangon’s international airport has free and reasonably reliable public internet access.