Myanmar

Myanmar

MyanmarAs it emerges from isolation, the nation of Myanmar is caught between repression and reform. Formerly Burma, Myanmar’s relations with Indonesia date back to the 14th Century.

Myanmar offers pristine and untouched dive sites and with over 800 islands covering some 12,000 square kilometers its isolation makes it one of the worlds true frontier diving destinations. The Burmese government have recently opened up the Mergui Archipelago to outside visitors and it is now rapidly becoming one of the premier places on the planet to go diving. With a rich and diverse marine ecosystem untouched by tourism and left in isolation for many years it can offer some amazing surprises. Sharks, mantas and big pelagics coupled with stunning visibility are all common here.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry Requirements

Australian passport holders require at least six months validity beyond your intended stay, require a tourist visa for stays up to 28 days. Passports must be applied for at least 4 weeks prior to departure. A Myanmar single entry tourist visa costs $35 per person. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.

Money

The Burmese Kyat (MMK) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar buys approximately 780 MMK.

Language

Burmese is the national language. There are approx. 100 other local languages spoken and English is taught but not widely spoken.

Electricity

230 volts and uses either the European or UK plug type, depending where you are. It is recommended to take a European adaptor and a UK adaptor.

Time Zone

GMT+6:30

Clothing

Cool, light and loose cotton clothing is recommended for this very hot and humid climate. Warmer clothes are required for cool nights. Dressing modestly is recommended.

Climate

Temperatures in Myanmar range from mid 20’c to low 30’c. Climate is hot and humid. Wet season is May to Sept and Myanmar experiences Monsoons. Dry season is Oct – Apr.

Water Temperature

Average 28°C

Departure Tax

$10 US per person

Tipping

Tipping is appreciated in Myanmar. 5% on meals, 50c – $1 US tip for porters, tour guides approx. $5 – $10 US per day depending on service.