Electricity On the way the necessary electrical equipment used in Burma, the national grid AC 220-250V 50Hz and 440V power is turned

Telephone International phone calls can be arranged at the Central Telephone & Telegraph Office at the corner of Ponsodan and Mahabandoola Streets in Yangon. International Direct Dial calls are also available at most hotels and at many public call offices (often a phone in a shop), but they are expensive, e.g. a call to the US costs US$6-7 per min. As of 2010, the only mobile telephone network is the MPTGSM network provided by the Myanmar Government’s Post and Telecommunication agency. This works on the GSM900 band, so is visible to multi-band GSM phones.

However, MPT has no international roaming arrangements, so manual attempts to connect to the network are refused. If your own mobile telephone can detect the MPTGSM network, then you may be able to buy a US$20 SIM card which will work for 28 days.

Airport Tax All passengers departing Myanmar/Burma on international flights must pay a departure tax of USD 10 per person Domestic Flights There are two airlines flying throughout Myanmar, Yangon Airways and Air Mandalay.

There is a 20 kg limit for baggage per person and extra baggage fees may be charged. Please, leave your extra bags to your Yangon hotel and collect them upon your return. Duty Free Allowance You can take two bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars and half litre of perfume per person. In Yangon airport arrival there are many duty free shops with good quality and cheap prices.

Tips Generally people in Myanmar/Burma are happy to help foreign visitors and don’t expect any tips. If your guide or some other is very kind and helpful, then it’s nice if you get some for thanking.

Official language of Myanmar is Burmese (known by the government as Myanmar). A majority of Burmese pronunciation is derived from the ancient language of Pali (at the time of the Buddha), but the language is a Sino-Tibetan language related to Chinese and hence tonal (word pitch matters) and analytic (most words are one syllable long). It is written using the Burmese script, based on the ancient Pali script. Bilingual signs (English and Burmese) are available in most tourist spots. Numbers often are also written in Burmese script.

LOCAL TIME IN MYANMAR
GMT + 6.5 YANGON 0700 hours on Monday
GMT – 5 NEW YORK 1930 hours on Sunday
GMT 0 LONDON 0030 hours on Monday
GMT +1 PARIS 0130 hours on Monday
GMT +7 BANGKOK 0730 hours on Monday GMT +8 HONG KONG 0830 hours on Monday GMT +10 SYDNEY 1030 hours on Monday