At a hard time in the country’s history, Myanmar shows just how important it is to fly the grassroots travel flag.

Despite recent unrest, this is a country that’s more than worthy of your time. Its temple-studded plains, golden pagodas, lush tropical forests and chill mountain vibes still send all kinds of shivers down the spine. And we believe that now, more than ever, there’s a real need to foster human connection through travel. It might be lunch in a Kyunkalay village, a chai and a chat in street market of Kalaw, or an offering of alms to a monk in Yangon. Whatever your experience, you’ll see this little beauty of South East Asia has still got it. Come and see how Myanmar shines on.

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There’s been a lot of discussion around whether people should travel to Myanmar, given recent events. But we believe that to boycott travel to Myanmar would be the wrong move.

Travel boycotts can have the best intentions but can still impact the wrong people. It’s not just the government and the military who feel the effects of them – it’s local families too. When tourism decreases, it has a direct impact on local families who rely on visitors purchasing their goods and services. Such measures can also have an isolating effect on individuals, putting the disadvantaged at further risk.

We believe that travel can be a force for good, a way of bringing people together, of breaking down barriers between cultures. More mingling means more acceptance, that’s our attitude. And in countries with heavily censored media in place, this is all the more important. Sometimes it takes an outsider to break that echo chamber.

We totally respect that it’s an individual choice. Ultimately, it’s up to the traveller whether or not to travel to a place. But we choose to believe in the positive impact of grassroots travel, and that’s why we’ll keep visiting Myanmar.

Australia: Yes 
Belgium: Yes
Canada: Yes 
Germany: Yes 
Ireland: Yes 
Netherlands: Yes 
New Zealand: Yes
South Africa: Yes 
Switzerland: Yes 
United Kingdom: Yes 
USA: Yes

Most visitors to Myanmar require a 28-day tourist visa, which you can apply for online at Applications cost USD 50 and take about a week to process. Check with your local embassy or consulate for changes to application prices. Once your application is processed, you should receive a confirmation email. Make sure to print this out, as you will need to present it upon arrival. 

Keep in mind that your visa is valid for up to three months from date of issue and can only be used at designated airports (Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports) and border entrances (Tachileik, Myawadi and Kawthoung at the Thai-Myanmar border).

It’s generally a good idea to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum period of six months after your arrival date in Myanmar. You will also need a couple of blank pages for stamps in your passport. For the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements, please contact your local Myanmar embassy or consulate.

Locals typically earn low wages, so while tipping isn’t mandatory, leaving porters, drivers, restaurant staff and other service workers a small 5-10% tip is a gracious way to show your appreciation.

The Internet can be accessed at most hotels, but be aware, the speed may be slower than what you are used to, particularly in rural areas.

International roaming in Myanmar is now possible with a growing number of mobile network providers. Check with your service provider before leaving home.

Squat toilets are most common in Myanmar, although Western-style flushable toilets can be found in larger hotels and some tourist areas. Always carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as they are usually not provided.

Street snack = USD 0.36 – USD 0.75

Bottle of local beer = USD 1.50

Simple meal at a local restaurant = USD 2 – USD 5

Dinner in a high-end hotel restaurant = USD 10

Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Myanmar. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.

Some hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards but Myanmar is largely a cash economy. It’s best to carry cash for purchases.

ATMs are widely available in larger cities, though they can be unreliable. It is not uncommon for ATMs to run out of funds or not work due to power cuts. You may need to try several ATMs before having success withdrawing funds.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Jan 4: Independence Day
Feb 12: Union Day
Mar 2: Peasants’ Day
Mar 27: Armed Forces Day
May 1: Workers’ Day
July 19: Martyrs’ Day
Nov 27: National Day
Dec 25: Christmas

For a current list of public holidays in Myanmar go to:

Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers visiting Myanmar. Though most local are tolerant, homosexuality is a cultural taboo and gay and transgendered people are rarely out. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, regardless of sexual orientation. Travellers should be aware that, although it is almost never enforced, same-sex intercourse is legally punishable with up to 10 years in prison in Myanmar. 

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.

No vaccines are required in order to enter Myanmar but some are recommended for protection against disease. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.

Recommended vaccines:
1.    Hepatitis A (transmitted through contaminated water)
2.    Typhoid (transmitted through contaminated water)
3.    Cholera (transmitted through contaminated water): Cholera is not a risk in the areas that most travellers will visit, but can be found in some parts of the country. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic about your travel plans to see if this vaccine is right for you.
4.    Japanese encephalitis (transmitted through mosquito bite): You may need this vaccine depending on the time of year you go to Myanmar and whether you are planning to visit rural areas or if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic to see if this vaccine is right for you.

Malaria is a mosquito-transmitted disease found mostly in low-altitude areas of Myanmar. You can protect yourself by wearing light coloured clothing when travelling in these parts, by using a good bug repellent and by taking malaria prevention tablets. Talk to your doctor or travel clinic for advice.