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Travel to and within Myanmar

Arrival by air or Overland, and see Domestic Train Link below.

Flying into Myanmar:
Most visitors fly into Yangon with increasing number of options:
from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport:
Bangkok Air: www.bangkokair.com
Thai Airways or ThaiSmile

from OLD DON MUANG Airport in Bangkok, Budget carriers:
Air Asia: 
www.airasia.com
Nok Air: www.nokair.com
from
Chiang Mai: 
www.bangkokair.com
and Myanmar’s Air KBZ may start service from Chiang Mai to Yangon.

Kuala LumpurAir Asia or Malaysia Airlines

Singapore:  Silk Air the regional carrier of Singapore Airlines www.silkair.com
JetStar Asia
– Singapore’s low cost carrier www.jetstarasia.com

Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City:
Vietnam Airlines www.vietnamairlines.com

 

from
Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
– new direct services with MAI Myanmar Airways International Airbus aircraft. Follow up to see if this service is operating: www.maiair.com

Direct flights into Yangon also available from:
Hong Kong: Dragon Air/Cathay Pacific
Seoul: Korean Air and Asiana
Tokyo: ANA All Nippon Airways
Doha: Qatar Airways
Kolkata and Gaya: check Air India schedules may be seasonal.

Direct flights into:
Mandalay International Airport
from Bangkok:  on  Bangkok Airways, Thai Smile, or Air Asia
from Chiang Mai:  on  Bangkok Airways

There are plans for more new international air services and perhaps Bagan will be able to welcome a direct international flight in near future.

Yangon Airport has new modern International and Domestic Terminals which are very clean and offering nice facilities. And the Mandalay Airport has also improved so much.


Domestic flights within Myanmar:

Regional domestic airports can be chaotic, but they are small and manageable, so simply relax in the colorful chaos. Airline staff are very willing to help you and new airlines keep starting up serving much of the country flying mostly with  ATR 72 aircraft

Air KBZ has very good service and their website works quite well to actually book online:    http://www.airkbz.com/

You can try looking up websites of other airlines for internal flights, but often information is not updated, so it is still helpful to have internal air secured by a local agent in Myanmar.

Yangon Airways has been long established with their Flying Elephant Logo!
www.yangonair.com

New domestic carriers also include:
Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airways
and Myanmar National Airlines (formerly Union of Burma Airways) now operating new jet aircraft.


Crossing Overland into Myanmar:

Three Overland Border crossings from Thailand now permit you to enter and exit with the E-Visa:
Mae Sa/Tachilek  at the Golden Triangle
Mae Sot/Myawaddy
Ranong/Kawthaung

Visitors can also cross over at these points on a day-visit by obtaining a border pass for a fee. You are restricted for travel beyond into Myanmar.

Kengtung (Kyaing Tong)
Those crossing the Mae Sa/Tachilek border are able to travel up as far as Kengtung in Shan State.  This is a very interesting area to visit. Approx 5 hours drive north of Tachilek,  Kengtung is culturally related to Lanna, the former kingdom of Chiang Mai. The Tai Khun people of this region speak a language very similar to northern Thai.
Surrounding villages of ethnic Akha, Eng and Palaung groups are also very accessible.

You may be able to travel to Kengtung with a 5-day border pass, which means leaving your passport with Immigration at the border. But it is certainly far more comfortable to have a valid visa in advance.

Domestic flights operate from Kengtung or from Tachilek onward to Heho for Inle Lake, or to Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon.

Travel overland from Tachilek or Kengtung to Heho or Mandalay is still restricted.

E-Visa Official site: www.evisa.moip.gov.mm


New areas
are opening up more and more and amazing to imagine one day an overland journey from Bangkok to Yangon fast and comfortable.

The Mae Sot/Myawaddy border crossing now allows you to get to Yangon overland much quicker and of course with being able to explore Karen and Mon States on the way.
Also southeast of Inle Lake area, Loikaw in Kayah State has developed new hotels and guesthouses.   The area of Loikaw is home to ethnic Padaung and maybe even one day the border crossing at Mae Hong Son in Thailand will allow international visitors to pass freely.  More roads, development and exposure to the outside world brings many concerns about environmental impact, but many of these areas that have been long suffering from civil wars can also hopefully find their way to some new prosperity to benefit local people.

A great Travel Blog website with lots more information on Overland Travel:
https://www.go-myanmar.com/arriving-and-departing-over-land


Bus Travel
in Myanmar is very cheap and major routes offer comfortable air-con coaches or Mini-Bus services. For off the main roads can be a great immersion into local culture, but be prepared for crowded, bumpy rides.

Train Travel within Myanmar, lots of good info on:
https://www.seat61.com/Burma.htm

 
-Back to Main Myanmar Page

– Yangon
Mandalay and Royal Cities
River Journeys

Bagan
Pwin Oo Lwin and Train to Hsipaw
Inle Lake and Pindaya and Kalaw
Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp near Kalaw


 

 

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