Our company profile

Our Vision:

Sustainable tourism can protect the world’s natural and cultural riches and create economic opportunity.

Our Mission:

Avoid Negative impact; improve human resources commitment of authenticity through travel and tourism.

Our Strategy:

Through our cooperate social responsibilities and awareness of impact in tourism, government bodies, private companies, CSO and local communities can unite and use tourism to achieve the right balance between economic development, green growth, and protection of our natural and cultural assets.

Sustainable Tourism is our objective and will create a remarkable responsible team in Myanmar tourism.

General Information

We have the pleasure of receiving your customers in Myanmar. We enclose this general information sheetwhich allows you to better your future trip in Myanmar.

INFORMATION OF COUNTRY
President Mr.Htin Kyaw
Official Language Myanmar
Capital Napyidaw
Important city Yangon (former capital)
Political system Parliamentary Democracy
Land area 678 50 square kilometer
Total population 50 millions people
Currency Myanmar Kyats
Telephone code + 95
CURRENCY

You can change your euro for Kyats at a counter of the airport or at banks.

Credit cards and traveler’s checks are not accepted in Myanmar yet. With Master card and Visa card, you can draw 500 000 Kyats (around 500 €) at ‘ CB BANK ‘.
We recommend the clients to take enough cash in hand (US Dollars is the favorite currency and Euro also can be changed more easily). Other foreign currencies are exchangeable take only in the big cities. If possible, take new 100 dollar notes rather than small notes and they must be undamaged. On one hand, it will allow you to have a better rate; on the other hand, banks accept only notes in good condition.

EQUIPMENT TO BE PREPARED

Clothes

Prepare light clothes (cotton) and light or woolen jackets andrain coat (monsoon’s period).
Some regions, in high mountains are cold so need to bring a coat or warm clothes if you wish to visit high mountain areas. This recommendation is especially applicable during morning visits by boat.
A correct wear is recommended in all religious places.

Footwear

A pair of comfortablebasket ball or walking shoes.
Do not use the slippers (in monsoon’s period).

Equipment

Sun cream and insects’ repellants
A cap or a hat, and a neckerchief
A bath towel and your personal belongings
A pair of sunglasses
Hygienic towels
Cleansing towels (very useful)
A flashlight
Bowls
Personal medication (our guide has first aidkits)

  • An eyewash
  • Ananti-diarrhea medication
  • An external antiseptic (90 °alcohol)
  • An anti-inflammatory cream;
  • Dressings bandages
  • A role of bandages
  • Paracetamol or anti-fever tablets
  • A anti mosquito cream;
  • Sewing needles
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Budget

Tips are not an obligation but are always well appreciated. It is a sign of gratitude. If you are satisfied of one’s service, it is usual to leave a tip to the guide, Tour leader and driver. Prepare around 5 € a day per person.

Time difference

+ 6h30 minutes ahead of GMT.

Voltage

220 V with one mix socket type, two flat pins, two round pins or three pins. Need to bring a universal adapter. Electricityblack outs are very frequent but most hotels have their own generators.

Airport Tax

Normally airport tax is included in the international tickets.

Photographs

It is possible to recharge your batteries in hotels.

Climate

Nice climate all year, hottest months are April and May. In period of monsoon, humidity is important. During November till February, temperatures in mountain region can go down below 10°C during night and early in the morning. All hotels are not well prepared for cold (lack of heater), it is recommended to bring warm clothes!

Language

Official language: Myanmar, dialects of various ethnic minorities. English isused in tourist zones.

TRAVELLED AND SHARED
Life in group:

You are going to live several days in community and certain concessions are necessary to the cohesion of the group. It is necessary to be punctual in the date given by your tour leader or guide. Delays can call into question the organization of envisaged visits.

Your environment:

The routes which you are going to go through were chosen for their beauty, their authenticity or their originality. Some principles will allow other passengers to appreciate these same landscapes.
Water is a precious item in numerous countries (arid or not), do not muck it up (always envisage soaps and shampoos biodegradable). Be careful when you meet stray animals, do not bother them and try to pass unobserved.

Accompany

The guide who accompanies will share his knowledge with you to make your trip memorable.

Porterage

Porters will be engaged to help you with your luggage.

Transport

Throughout your trip, you will use other means of transport such as the boat, canoe and the ferryboat. However the route trips are rather long in Myanmar and the poor roads conditionmake difficult of your trip.
Ourprogrammes are performed with an air conditioned buses, minibuses or cars, trains (adjustable seats), boats, ferryboats, long tail boats, bikes andairplanes.

Security

Your guide is equipped with first aids kits but the telephone network will be restricted during treks on the mountain. In an emergency, our guide knows the closest communication service.

Economy

The country had transitioned to a free market economy and the country’s economy had improved compared to former times. But it is also true that some economic sectors had developed while some are still struggling.

Your meetings:

On your road, you will often have opportunity to meet the local people. Wherever you are, know how to show discretion and humility. The multiplicity of cultures and traditions shows that certain attitudes are perceptible in another way according to countries. Take time to understand the persons that you meet, take time to create links. If you like to take a photo, always ask him for his permission. The best means which it accepts is to have established a prior contact. Also, do not distribute presents itoften encourage the children to beg, to avoid this type of behavior, it is better to refer to competent local structures (give in the school, in the hospital, to the leader of the village etc).

  • Do not touch the head of a person
  • Avoid shaking the hand with the monks and always sit down lower than them
  • Women cannot touch the monks
  • When you visit pagodas and temples, it is normal to take off not only your slippers but also your socks
  • Go around the pagoda platform clockwise
  • Do not sit down with your back to aBuddha image and avoid stretching your feet in its direction
  • As a sign of politeness, bow a bit when you enter a residence in the presence of the guest
  • Do not be surprise at the passion of Myanmar people to barter goods
  • Avoid tips, except for true genuine services.
RECOMMENDATIONS

As any trip, avoid taking valuable things. Take extra careof your video equipment, cameras and portable devices. If you are taking along travellers checks, note down the serial numbers of your checks (for information only).

  • It is necessary to photocopy your passport and your plane ticket before leaving and keeping this copy in your baggage
  • Follow advice of your local guide and tour leader.
  • There are customs regulations on: alcohol (1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of alcohol or 2 bottles of wine by adult) and tobacco (200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco by adult).
  • Accept tea, gesture of hospitality.
  • Never let your objects of “stocks” (personal ornaments, passport, e-ticket), “drugs” in your room, your bus, restaurants each time it is possible, leave in the safe of the hotel. Notice the basic rules of caution.
  • It is impossible to use your mobile phone in Myanmar yet.
FESIVALS

During the water festival and new Myanmar year (from 12 till 17 April), numerous stores, restaurants, museums and sites are closed and some visits are cancelled.

HISTORY AND POLICY

In 2011, the state military decided to organize an election. This day, the new constitution is set up.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books to read

  • Myanmar Guide Book – Lonely Planet
  • Free from fear – Aung San Suu Kyi
  • History of Burma – George Orwell
  • The valley of the rubies – Joseph Kessel – Editions Gallimard
MINI-LEXICON

Good morning:mingalaba
Bye :thwabaounme
Thank you:tjayzutimbadeh
Market:zei
How much does it cost?:dabehlaulleh
Where are toilets?:eintha be hmaleh?
I do not understand Burmese language :bama lo namalehba drunk
Do you speak French? :khinmyaPyinthit lo pyawdatthalah?
Can I have a bill? :behlauktjathaleh
My name is:tjanawnammeh
Museum:pyadai
Hotel:hotel.
I do not understand:namalebabu

MAP INFO

Plug type in Myanmar