What is the cost of a budget travel to Myanmar ? Is Myanmar expensive? Obviously depends on which type of traveller you are. We spent 300$ p/p in 18 days (2015) travelling on a low budget, avoiding intermediates and unnecessary expenses. Our best advice for any country is “When in Rome do like Romans” It guarantees you authentic experiences, it’s cheaper, and we love it! To help you decide if travelling to Myanmar fits your budget, we have prepared a breakdown of our costs and expenses, check it out!
Note: 1.000 Kyats= 1$
- Visa Fee25 $Two days wait in Bangkok
Public transport is good and generally reliable. The best way to travel is by bus, they connect all major cities. You can choose between a range of local and VIP buses. For the ones that miss comfort, VIP buses include very comfortable reclining seats, TVs, blankets, air-con, and some even water and snacks.
- Shared car8.000 KMyawaddy-Pha an (6h)
- Bus5.000 KPha-an to Yangon
- Local Bus200 KSule pagoda- Shwedagon pagoda
- Local Bus200 KSule pagoda- Aung Mingalar station
- VIP Bus11.000 KYangon-Bagan (9.30h)
- Bus11.000 KBagan-Inle lake (7h)
- VIP Bus12.000 KInle lake-Mandalay
- Train 1st Class4.000 KMandalay-Hsipaw
- Bus9.500 KHsipaw-Yangon (12h)
- Bus6.000 KYangon-Mawlamyine (7h)
- Shared car11.000 KMawlamyine-Myawaddy
Here is when you can really see a difference in prices in comparison to the neighboring countries. The lack of hotels to accommodate the unexpected amount of tourists and the high taxes government imposes to entrepreneurs will make accommodation the biggest expense in your trip to Myanmar. Still, the highest we paid was 16 $ for double room.
I know what you are thinking: What about couch surfing? Well, at the moment you have to leave that on a side while in Myanmar, as the government don’t allow locals to accommodate tourists in their homes.
Note: In some cities if you arrive late (3-4 am) they wont charge you for that few hours of sleep, but obviously you will have to stay the following night
- Phan-an8.000 KHostel Tha-hin Dbl + fan
- Yangon5.000 KHostel Aung See Zein Dorm + breakfast
- Bagan16.000 KHostel Point view Inn Dbl + fan
- Inle lake10.000 KHostel Win Nyunt Dbl +breakfast
- hsipaw10.000Hostel Yee Shin Single for 2 people*
- Mawlamyine12.000 KHostel Pann Su Vai, Twin + fan
* We asked to use a single room for both as the bed was quite big and they respected the price.
Tours and activities in Myanmar are not expensive. Excluding Bagan entrance, which costs 20$ p/p (for three days), but considering that is the biggest tourist attraction in the country, and that you can explore more than 2.000 unique temples and buildings , it’s absolutely worth it. Another “must see” sight is Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon with an entrance fee of 8$ ,is not the cheapest one but we highly recomend it as it was the most impressive building we visited in Myanmar. If you’re cheeky enough you can wait at one of the entrances/exists and ask a generous soul for the sticker which is the only thing the guards will check at the entrance.
Personally, we are not keen on tours, as we love to organize our own time and to get lost in search of local experiences. Renting a motorbike is a perfect plan to explore nearby towns and the best thing is that anyone in Myanmar will rent you one for the day, just ask around! We have included the prices of motorbike rent in our activities list.
- Pha an5.000 KDay tour
- Bagan20.000 KEntry fee valid 3 days
- bagan1.000 KBike hire (24h)
- inle lake4.600 KBoat tour
- Hsipaw10.000 KMotorbike hire (12h)
- Mawlamyine6.000 KMotorbike hire (12h)
- Bilu kyun island2.600 KBoat (2 pax+mbike)
Burmese food is one of the best cuisines in Southeast Asia. It’s abundant, varied and deliciously yummy.Rice is served with meat or fish, soup, salad and vegetables cooked in different ways and accompanied by some relishes.
Shan noodles and dry tea-leaves salad are some of our favorites.
- local meal1.500 K
- shan noodles800 K
- palata/crepe200 K
- water botle/Tea300 K
- fresh juice700 K
- coke400 K
As you can see Myanmar can be travelled on a low budget, it is absolutely worth visiting, and there is no better moment that now.
In our opinion, and based in our own experience Myanmar is definitely one of the most authentic countries we have ever visited. “Authentic” in the sense that it has remained free from western influences and tourist crowds. We loved walking major cities and small villages and not seeing any “McDonald’s” or “Starbucks” signs!! But this country is changing very fast and it’s got all winning tickets to be “the next Thailand”, so if you really want to see proper unwesternized Myanmar visit it now! You will not regret it!
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