Myanmar has been re-opened to the World since 2011. Up to now, this country becomes more and more attractive to international guests who are fond of the local ancient towns, gilded temples, revered pagodas, and pristine beaches. The number of travelers to Myanmar increases every year, pushing the country itself to invest more in its tourism industry, with more flights, convenient eVisa at the land border checkpoints, upscale hotels, and luxurious cruises. Let’s follow hereunder New Advantages To Promote Myanmar Tourism in 2017!
Myanmar National Airlines with International Routes
At present, Myanmar National Airlines have the flights to 32 destinations, including the international routes. The launch of the international routes helps promote the access to the Golden Land so that everybody gets opportunities to discover the Burmese gilded religious landmarks whenever they want. Know that Myanmar National Airlines (or Burma Airways) is a state-owned airline and flag carrier based in Yangon. This airline serves the scheduled services to all important domestic destinations as well as the regional Asian sites. Its major base is the Yangon International Airport.
The 6th international flight operated by Myanmar National Airlines runs between Yangon and Kolkata (India) two times a week (Thursdays and Sundays), in particular. After the inaugural flight ceremony, the international flights from Mandalay to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi have also come into operation. The other international routes include Yangon to Bangkok, Yangon to Hong Kong, Yangon to Singapore, Yangon to Vientiane, and more.
Myanmar eVisa at land border checkpoints
On September 01, 2014, The Myanmar eVisa policy was launched. The electronic visas can be issued online for both tourism and business purposes. The eVisa of Myanmar is issued within 3 business days and valid for 90 days from the issue day. It allows 28-day stay (for the tourists) or 70-day stay (for the businesspeople) from the day of arrival. Also, know that the visa fee for the tourist is USD$50 and for the businesspeople is USD$70. Of course, the eVisa service is non-refundable.
For your information, the eVisa holders must enter 3 international airports and now 2017 also 3 land border checkpoints as stated below:
- Yangon International Airport
- Mandalay International Airport
- Nay Pyi Daw Airport
- Tachileik Land Border Checkpoint
- Myawaddy Land Border Checkpoint
- Kawthaung Land Border Checkpoint
It’s now quite simple and quick to apply and get the eVisa approval. The process can be summarized in 4 steps as follows:
- Fill in the online eVisa form at the Myanmar eVisa website (The Official Government Website at https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/)
- Confirm and pay the processing fee.
- Receive the Approval Letter within 3 working days via your email address.
- Have the visa stamped upon your arrival at the applicable airports or the land border checkpoints.
There are also several significant notices to keep in mind before you apply for the Myanmar eVisa. You need the criteria of the valid passport (whose validity is 6 months at least), one passport-sized color photo (4.8cm x 3.8cm) taken during the last 3 months, and the credit card to do the online payment (of USD$50 for the tourists and USD$70 for the businesspeople). One important thing to know is that the eVisa is only valid for a single entry by land, which means the re-entry will need a new visa. For the Myanmar cruise tours, the tourists have to contact their tour agent for the Pre-arrangement Visa on Arrival. People will not be able to use the eVisa to enter the country via the seaport. Also check with your Burma Tour Agency for further information!
More Upscale Hotels in Myanmar Tourism
It’s rumored that the accommodation fees in Myanmar are higher than any neighboring country in the Indochina region. And in fact, this rumor is true! But in comparison to the Western standard, that amount of fees is not a problem at all. To better serve the high-budget holidaymakers, the Golden Land now offers lots of world-class hotels and resorts. If you ask for the top 5-star hotels in this enigmatic country, then get to know the names of Sedona Hotel Yangon, Belmond Governor’s Residence (in Yangon), Sanctum Inle Resort (in Inle Lake, Shan State Nyaung Shwe), Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel, Kampinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, Bay of Bengal Resort – Ngwe Saung, Amazing Ngapali Resort, etc. Obviously, the list of the excellent hotels in Myanmar is quite long, and can be extended. Though Myanmar has the expensive accommodation, it is worth every cent.
Top Three Luxury Cruises in Myanmar
This spectacular country is perfect for cruising thanks to the gifted beaches, rivers, and lakes. There stand out three main rivers for cruising in Myanmar, namely Irrawaddy, Yangon, and Chindwin. The cruise trip feasts your eyes with the graceful and peaceful world filled with many ancient and revered heritages of temples and pagodas along the riversides. What’s more, the highlights cover the Burmese traditional houses as well as the friendly ways of living. Along the routes, you are likely to meet the locals who are happily waving to say hello. And if your interest is in the endless blue ocean, make it a point to sail toward the marvelous Myeik Archipelago featured with hundreds of the scenic and primitive islands. The natural water world in Myanmar is imposing enough to amaze all passengers who are enjoying the upscale services on board.
So if you decide to board in an upscale way, get to know Luxury Myanmar River Cruises. There, you find the lavish cruises filled with the full amenities and facilities. The value-for-money services are guaranteed on any of the following names: Belmond Orcaella, The Strand Cruise, and Anawrahta Cruise. Amongst the three, Anawrahta Cruise brings the most kinglike experiences and is often used by many local cruise operators. The ritzy vessels offer perfect Myanmar river cruise experience so that you discover the country in a unique, exciting, and high-class manner. When the mesmerizing beauty of the local rivers and landscapes are before eyes, you agree that Myanmar is a wonderland for cruising. The far-off gilded pagodas and temples, the peaceful Burmese houses, the shimmering cities, the mysterious rivers, etc., and of course, the Luxury Cruises soon prove that they are worth the international praises.