Kyats is the currency of Myanmar

Costs of budget travel to Myanmar

  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 Fee
    25 $
    Two days wait in Bangkok

 

  Transport

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.

Cost of travel to Myanamar, local transport is very cheap

  • Shared car
    8.000 K
    Myawaddy-Pha an (6h)
  • Bus
    5.000 K
    Pha-an to Yangon
  • Local Bus
    200 K
    Sule pagoda- Shwedagon pagoda
  • Local Bus
    200 K
    Sule pagoda- Aung Mingalar station
  • VIP Bus
    11.000 K
    Yangon-Bagan (9.30h)
  • Bus
    11.000 K
    Bagan-Inle lake (7h)
  • VIP Bus
    12.000 K
    Inle lake-Mandalay
  • Train 1st Class
    4.000 K
    Mandalay-Hsipaw
  • Bus
    9.500 K
    Hsipaw-Yangon (12h)
  • Bus
    6.000 K
    Yangon-Mawlamyine (7h)
  • Shared car
    11.000 K
    Mawlamyine-Myawaddy

 

Accommodation

 

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-an
    8.000 K
    Hostel Tha-hin Dbl + fan
  • Yangon
    5.000 K
    Hostel Aung See Zein Dorm + breakfast
  • Bagan
    16.000 K
    Hostel Point view Inn Dbl + fan
  • Inle lake
    10.000 K
    Hostel Win Nyunt Dbl +breakfast
  • hsipaw
    10.000
    Hostel Yee Shin Single for 2 people*
  • Mawlamyine
    12.000 K
    Hostel 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.

Activities

 

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.

The cost of activities in your travel to Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda , Yangon, Myanmar

  • Pha an
    5.000 K
    Day tour
  • Bagan
    20.000 K
    Entry fee valid 3 days
  • bagan
    1.000 K
    Bike hire (24h)
  • inle lake
    4.600 K
    Boat tour
  • Hsipaw
    10.000 K
    Motorbike hire (12h)
  • Mawlamyine
    6.000 K
    Motorbike hire (12h)
  • Bilu kyun island
    2.600 K
    Boat (2 pax+mbike)

 

 

  Food

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.

Cost of travel to Myanmar-Food

  • local meal
    1.500 K
  • shan noodles
    800 K
  • palata/crepe
    200 K
  • water botle/Tea
    300 K
  • fresh juice
    700 K
  • coke
    400 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!

If you are visiting Myanmar soon, you may want to read  12 Essential tips & curiosities about Myanmar

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    • Travelling Dreaming
      Travelling Dreaming says:

      Thanks Mechi, we love renting a moto when we travel because you can reach nearly eny corner of the country morbike + tent is a win win!

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    • Travelling Dreaming
      Travelling Dreaming says:

      Thanks for reading Cathy, we’re glad that the post was useful! Stay tuned as next week,we have some more posts of Myanmar coming! If you have any doubt, we will be very happy to help you!! You will love Myanmar!

      Reply

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