Yangon : Yangon International Airport is located 20 km, 30 minute drive from downtown Yangon. Terminals are located separately as The Arrival Terminal, Departure Terminal and the Domestic Terminal. The procedures are simplified through immigration and customs. The Yangon International Airport works 24 hours daily.
Mandalay : Mandalay International Airport (Tada U) 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. For our value clients, we provide private air conditioned coach depends on the group size.
International Driving Permit required which must be presented to the authorities to endorse or issue a Visitor license.
If any tourist gets sick in spite of all the precautions, many hospitals can cater for foreigners medical needs. Some are as follows:
- SOS Assistance
Inya Lake Hotel, 37 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road
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
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 every 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.
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. 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. MRTV 4 was launched on (15-5-2004) like a streaming video via satellite. MRTV 4 contains non-formal education programs and other entertainment programs for 24 hours.
The Central Post Office, located at the corner of Bo Aung Kyaw Street and Strand Road in Yangon is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
International calls, telexes and faxes can be made at the Central Telegraph Office, 125 Pansodan Street, Yangon, or at the business centers of major hotels within he country. IDD telephones are available at some government offices, businesses and hotels.
Email can be sent from internet cafe in most tourist destinations.
* 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
FOOD & DRINKS
Myanmar cuisine uses rice or noodles as staple dishes, usually served with a variety of side dishes: curries with meat or fish, vegetables, salads, soup, condiments etc. Myanmar curries tend to be less chili-hot than those served in Thailand. In order to give travelers a true feeling for the Myanmar, Restaurant and food are carefully selected for hygiene as well as gastronomic considerations. Meals & drinks at International Hotels are considerably expensive. There are many good local restaurants with almost the same quality of food and hygiene as hotels but at reasonable prices.
Most of the restaurants in the major cities serve various dishes of Chinese, European, Thai and Indian cuisine. Myanmar dishes are oily, sour, salty and spicy. There are also a wide variety of local snacks and delicacies. Mouk-hin-kha (thin rice noodles served with fish gravy) and Ohn-noh-khauk-swe (noodles served with chicken chunks and coconut gravy) are the most popular in Myanmar. Shan food and delicacies also are available. Shan style of cooking belongs neither to Myanmar nor Chinese nor Thai cuisine but they taste really good in their own way.
We would like to urge all clients traveling with MANDALAY HOLIDAYS Travels & Tours to drink only purified bottle water. Bottled water is readily available and some hotels provide Complimentary.
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, Air Bagan, Asia Wings and Air KBZ operates 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 Shwe Nyaung (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.
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.