Myanmar is accessible by a variety of international airline carriers. Direct flights are available from a growing number of Asian cities, including Bangkok, Beijing, Doha, Dubai, 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 the airport in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, has daily flights to Bangkok.
Please refer to the local travel and air safety sections of DFAT’s travel advice for Myanmar on Smartraveller for information about internal travel.
A variety of accommodation options are available in Yangon and in other major cities like Mandalay. Visitors should be aware that due to the sharply increasing demand for accommodation, hotel prices 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 still limited at smaller hotels 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.
Telecommunications infrastructure in Myanmar has made rapid advances over recent years with the entry of Ooredoo and Telenor into the mobile phone market and the domestic Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT) upgrading their systems which is having a positive impact on price, availability and reliability of services. Landlines can still be unreliable, especially outside of the major cities and prices for international calls can be high.
Some Australian mobile networks are able to roam to Myanmar but at this point, not all. Connections from other international mobile phone services in Myanmar is also improving. Visitors can purchase a pre-paid SIM upon arrival at the airport or from licensed sellers.
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 MPT and Yatanarpon Teleport. The two international telecommunications carriers – Ooredoo and Telenor, offer mobile internet services at competitive rates. Yangon’s international airport has free and reasonably reliable public internet access.