The majority of New Zealanders out there are paying their attention to the mystic Myanmar, and travel to Myanmar from New Zealand is a trend now. Myanmar (formerly called Burma) sounds mysterious and appealing to the adventurous souls who want to discover the secrets of the land. The country owns several unexplained attractions to call for international vacationers’ interest. Read on to get smart tips even before you travel to Burma – the “Land of the Golden Temples”.
It is an Indochina country with great resources of the golden temples scattered in the hidden jungles, the bustling cities, and even the remote villages. The gilded temples are the gems of the land which all deserves the international admiration. Standing out of the crowd, Bagan is the glorious destination with thousands of temple wonders – the perfect elements for the best balloon experience. Meanwhile, the mystic and colorful Yangon (Rangoon) has the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda and the nearby Kyaiktiyo (also called Golden Rock Pagoda) to amaze the visitors. Some other extraordinary sites are Mandalay, Inle Lake, Thandwe, Ngapali Beach, Naypyidaw, and Myeik Archipelago.
Visa to Myanmar for the Citizens of New Zealand
The New Zealand original passport holders are required to enter Myanmar with a Visa. You can choose to carry out one of the following options to become eligible for the upcoming travel.
First, apply for a visa to Myanmar from New Zealand at the nearest Myanmar Embassies and Consulates. Notice that there is no Embassy of Myanmar in New Zealand at present. Rather, the NZ citizens can come to that office in another country to process the paperwork. Before you come, make sure you bring your original passport, the visa application form, passport-type photos, and cash to pay the visa fee. But know that the first way requires longer processing time and more expensive fees than the online channels.
Second, use eVisa by connecting to https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/, the official Myanmar Ministry of Immigration e-visa website. Here you find several easy steps to do: Fill the tourists’ visa application form, make online payment for the processing fee, and get the Visa Approval Letter once paid (2 business days later). When you arrive at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Daw International Airports, it’s time to have the visa stamped and pay the stamping fee. Besides, the eVisa is valid in the land borders of Thai-Myanmar namely Mae Sai/Tachileik, Ranong/Kawthaung, and Mae Sot/Myawaddy. Know that the Myanmar eVisa validity is 3 months once issued, and the tourists Myanmar visa offers the 28-day stay.
Third, contact a reliable travel operator to ask for the invitation letter, and then obtain the Burma Visa when you arrive at the Myanmar International Airports.
Flights to Burma from New Zealand
The online flight tickets are available to be purchased 24/7, and you will soon find out that there are numerous options for the flights to Burma from New Zealand. Assume that you depart from Auckland International Airport to Yangon Airport. In that case, consider some promising airline services: Malaysia Airlines (via Kuala Lumpur), Emirates (via Bangkok), Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), China Southern Airlines (via Guangzhou) or Singapore Airlines (via Singapore). Otherwise, some people might depart from Christchurch Airport, Wellington Airport, or Queenstown Airport to the different arrival airports in Myanmar like Mandalay Airport, Nay Pyi Taw Airport, or Thandwe Airport. There stand out many flights to Myanmar from New Zealand for you to make the smart choices of airfares and schedules.
Myanmar Tour Packages for New Zealand Travelers
Once you’ve purchased the flights to Burma from NZ, the next step is to select the most suitable tours packages. Though there is a myriad of options to experience, the ideal duration should be 8 or 12 days. Many travel agents consider the 8-12-day Tours to Burma from New Zealand their main products and promote them with some attractive programs. Also, the itineraries attempt to include the leading destinations of the land namely Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach, Thandwe City, Ngapali Beach, Kyaiktiyo (with the mystic Golden Rock), Myeik Archipelago, and Kalaw. Of course, some remote areas of Burma own the captivating attractions, from the gilded hidden temples to the pristine beaches or the antique city.
The 8-day or 12-day tour packages provide ample opportunities to experience the real charm of Myanmar as well as playing various activities. As an illustration, the Bagan’s sky is mostly filled with many colorful hot-air balloons in which some travelers are sightseeing the wonders of temples via the bird-eye views. The balloon ride in Bagan becomes most satisfactory during the sunrise and sunset moments. And if you love the beaches, make sure you see Ngapali Beach and the Myeik Archipelago which offer the wonderful settings for the water games to the full. If getting chances to experience a boat trip in Inle Lake, let’s meet the friendly fishermen who practice the tradition of rowing by one leg. Meanwhile, the pristine landscape of Kalaw hill town is most suitable for the hill trekking activity.
Last but not least, your tours to Burma from NZ include the local Myanmar food on the menu for the day-and-night mealtime. You can expect to meet the round, low, and narrow tables in which only forks and spoons are available. The typical meal should include rice, curry, soup, and vegetable. One last tip is about the folded napkin; it is for wiping your lips and fingers after eating. Don’t mistake it for covering your cloth. If you come with a good tour guide, he/she will remind this point.
Food to Eat in Myanmar for the New Zealanders
The New Zealand newcomers should know that most of the Burmese food includes the ingredients of pork, chicken, duck, fish, and mutton. The course is combined with vegetables, soup, and salad for the complete meal. The local people love to add soups to their family meal, and the soup tastes should be sweet, sour, and spicy. Also, some love the bean soup. Besides soups, some kinds of desserts win the widespread praises. The others are likely to ask whether you have tried Mohinga (the noodle and fish soup), Thagu (pudding with tapioca plus coconut flavor), and Kyauk Kyaw (seaweed jelly with the milky coconut layer) after your trips to Myanmar. Therefore, take your opportunities to relish them and say the world how good their tastes are.
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