Budget Travel in Myanmar

Myanmar is more and more appealing for budget travelers. This enchanting destination has better value for money as there are more hostels, cheap transportation and better tourism infrastructure. 

Things to discover in Myanmar are seemingly endless: magical temple landscapes of Bagan, Irrawaddy scenic waterways, intrigue Buddhist relics and hidden treasures. This guide will provide the best practical information as well visiting guide for budget travel in Myanmar:

Price Guide

In general, traveling in Myanmar is more expensive than its neighboring countries but affordable. In 2016, the average expense per day could be as much as $45 to 60 even for backpacking style, it is cheaper now. You can spend $30 / day if you know how to manage the itinerary and all the services relating.
Accommodation starts from $5/ night while street foods are delicious and you can have a good meal for only $2,5.

Myanmar Visa 

To visit Myanmar, you need to apply for a visa. You can do either submit your application at a Myanmar Embassy or do it online for evisa. 
Check out all visa requirement at the bottom of this website or apply for Myanmar visa here


Flight to Myanmar

This is probably the most costly part of your trip. If you are seeking for low cost flight, remember to keep an eye on fare comparing websites all the time possible.
There is another way to grab a good flight deal : taking flights to asia hub like Singapore or Thailand, the best is Thailand then travel onward either by border crossing or Air Asia.


For trans-city travel, overnight bus is the most effective mode of transportation. The overnight sleeping buses are comfortable, air conditioned.
Tariffs for major travel routes:
Yangon to Bagan starting from $12/ ticket

To travel inner city, we recommend you to try various types of transfer. For example, in Mandalay, taking a scooter allows you to explore more tourist attractions that ordinary sightseeing and it costs only about $10/ day.

Money Practices

ATMs are available in many popular areas, especially in the big cities like Yangon or Mandalay. However, you may have to pay high fee to withdraw money in Myanmar.
The best practice is to bring cash. Burma business providers prefer fresh notes, not fold or torn.
Local currency is widely accepted no matter it Is old or not.

What to see

Myanmar has so many thing to seduce you during your trip. These destinations depict the typical characters of Myanmar that you should delve into. They also have wide network of hostels, guesthouses as well essential services at reasonable price :


Yangon is full of contrast : old and new, east and west. It is home to giant, iconic Shwedagon pagoda; numerous British colonial architect, exotic China town, vibrant Scott market. In one part, you can witness the timeless monuments while the high buildings are rising fast.


This magical plain is the best introduction of Burmese Buddhism. With over 2,500 pagodas, it tempts all visitors for great source of photo inspiration. No visit to Myanmar is complete without spending at least 2 days in Bagan


Another must-see in north Myanmar, Mandalay houses 4 ancient capitals, bewitching historical heritages. Apart from the Royal Palace, Mandalay isnít short of traditional workshops or special market like flower or Gem markets.

Inle Lake

Located in Shan State, Inle boasts unique lake culture. It is a fascinating rendezvous for different ethnic including Padaung, Inthar and Pa O tribe.
The best way to appreciate the uniqueness of Inle is probably taking a boat trip, crossing floating gardens and stilt villages.

Ngwe Saung Beach

The road to Ngwe Saung is long but very scenic. This beach offers wide range of activities whether you are seeking a soft biking adventure or a tour see something off shore.


Showcasing the natural diversity, Kalaw is a beautiful town often considered the base for a breathtaking trek to Inle Lake. Kalaw itself enjoys cool mountain air, depicting the charm of a British hill station

Dawei Peninsula

Dawei is a very nice escape for sea and sun without the crowds in southern Myanmar. From Yangon, you can take a bus traveling through the lush area of Yangon delta before heading further to Andanman sea.
A bungalow overlooking in Dawei costs only $27 and you can even book a $7 stay in town and run to the sea within 30 minutes.



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