Myanmar Travels and Tours
Customised tours, eco-tours for young people and international
Many Singaporeans have not been to Myanmar in the past few
years. There is a mistaken perception
that it is a dangerous country to visit and that the domestic
airlines are not safe. The travel books like Lonely Planet had
advised boycotting of certain airlines in
However, travel in Myanmar is safe for tourists if they don't
visit the border areas or restricted areas. In
the past, every major town has "security checkpoints"
monitoring the arrival of visitors. However, the
people are friendly towards tourists.
are not many Singaporean travel agencies promoting Myanmar
travel. Since packaged tours to Thailand, China and Hongkong
are advertised at very low prices.
However, other tourists from European and China travel to
Myanmar in large numbers nowadays. There is some interest from
Singaporeans in 2015.
Customised tours are the main focus. The main complaint in
2012 was the lack of airline flights
from Singapore, the shortfall of 4- and 5-star hotel
accommodation in Yangon and Bagan. In 2015,
there are at many airlines including budget airlines flying
from Singapore to Yangon and Mandalay and many new hotels have
The tourism world has changed for the better for the Myanmar
travel industry. Just 7 years ago in
2008 when I visited Yangon, European tourists were a rarity,
but now they are in large numbers.
Myanmar businessman (dealing in pre-owned Japanese car import
to Myanmar) told me last week, that 50% of the visitors taking
pictures at the famous pagoda in Yangon are Caucasians. His
car and bus for hire business is full every day and he is
thinking of opening his own travel business.