To get the best preparation, it is suggested that you use your daypack as your carry-on bag during your flights. In it you should have all valuables and essentials: medications, US$ dollars, passports and all important documents, cameras and film, a day's change of clothing, lightweight sleepwear, and toiletries. Do not forget to bring a small container of personal first aid kit and some useful Ziploc-type bags. A mini-sized English – Burmese phrase books/dictionary also helps in many cases. Besides, since Burma is a photographer's paradise, you should bring a digital camera, lots of memory cards and extra batteries, battery charger, and adapter. You can charge your digital batteries in hotels. For Burma, bring wall outlet plug adapters #1,#5, and #6.
One more important note is that you should put luggage ID tags on the outside and inside of your baggage. If your bag is lost and the outside ID tag and baggage stickers are dislodged, the airlines may open the bag to search for an ID inside your bag.
Clothing should be lightweight, quick drying and be able to breathe. Lights casual wear is used for all year except northern parts during the cold season. Visitors should not wear hot pants or shorts when visiting pagodas and sandals or slippers are convenient as it is required to remove all footwear at the entrance. Also, pay special attention to sun protection needs. Long sleeves and wide brim hats are highly recommended.
Working hours in Myanmar:
Banks - 9:30-15:00 Mon-Fri
Offices - 9:30-16:30 Mon-Fri
Shops - 6:00-22:00 Mon-Sun
|January 4||Independence Day|
|February 12||Union Day|
|March 2||Peasants’ Day|
|March 13*||Full Moon Day of Tabaung|
|March 27||Armed Forces Day|
|April 13~17*||Water Festival Days & Myanmar New Year Day|
|May 1||May Day (Workers’ Day)|
|May 11*||Full Moon Day of Kason|
|July 19||Martyr’s Day|
|July 9*||Full Moon Day of Waso|
|October 6*||Thadingyut Lights Festival|
|November 4*||Tazaungmon Light Festival|
|November 14*||National Day|
|December 25||Christmas Day|
* Those dates vary from year to year according to Myanmar Lunar Calendar