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Last minutes news and information about Myanmar (Burma) - Download form for visa

NB : Since August 2003, you do not have to change 200 or 300 USD in FEC at your arrival in Myanmar (whatever the airport and whatever you can read on badly update website or old custom forms).

Also, we remind you that you do not need any certificate or document to apply for a tourist Visa at your local Myanmar Embassy (you need certificate only for land crossing border or Visa on Arrival).

Cyclone Nargis Information :

Lastest information (in French) : Here
Lastest images about our food distribution in the delta (French) : Here.
Images in English about our food distribution in the delta : Here

Great News ! 1 septembre 2009 - credit card accepted (Visa and Master) by Ananda Travel In Myanmar
Starting the 2nd week of Septembre, We will be able again to accept credit card (Visa and MAster Card Euro card) for the paiement of our services, services etc.. in Myanmar. Our bank in Singapore, the United Overseas bank has accreed that we process credit in Myanmar.
The 6th October, our travel agency and our secure link have been certified by Comodo. Our customer can now pay by credit card via our secure server, certified and encrypted by Comodo (256 bits encryption). It is a very good garanty of security and seriouness for our customers.

Last news Myanmar : 1st page

Internet acces (15 - October -2007)

Internet is again operantional full time in Myanmar. We can have access to emails and webpage as before.

Curfew (14-October -2007)

The curfew is now only from 23h00 to 03h00 (morning) in Yangon.

MYanmar Airways International - 12 Octobre - Source (MIA presse release).

"London Market Aviation Insurer of our lesser (Lion Air) had given MAI a notice that this aircraft MD82 A/C PK-LMY which we have been using in service for our Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur sectors is not fully covered for war and allied perils in accordance with AV52E, due to the recent crisis in Myanmar. Therefore, MAI hereby inform you that 8M operating flights by MD82 A/C PK-LMY services to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur has been suspended from 11 October 2007 (Thursday) until end of October 2007.

Meanwhile, we are in the process of getting new aircraft replacement for our Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur service sectors.

For the convenience of our passengers effecting on these flight sectors, please contact our MAI Reservations and Ticketing Offices for transfer arrangement on to other carriers for the same route sectors and other possible assistance.

Our current service to Singapore operating with our code share partner 3K (Jetstar) with Airbus A320 will remain the same."

Internet connection - 10 Octobre 2007.

Internet connections are normal since this afternoon 2 PM. It is too early to know if full internet service will resume all the days, but we will take advantage to reply more quickly to your emails.
More information tomorrow.

Amarapura - U Bein - Mandalay (9 octobre 2007)

We have just received a direct confirmation by an Ananda Travel guide that there is no restriction or probleme to visit U Bein, Amarapura, Sagaille and the entire Mandalay area.

Internet & situation (8 october 2007)

Internet and connection have resumed BUT only from 22h00 to 5h00 (AM). We can only check and answer to your email from 22h00 to 05h00. We will answer everybody, just give us a little more time than usual.

Situation in Myanmar (again it is just a professionnel point of view).

- Sulé and Shwedagon pagodas are now again open to public.
- Down town Yangon is more a restricted area. People can walk and visit freely down town Yangon.
- Visa issue was never stop. You can get your visa for Myanmar as usual.
- Hotels (airlines, bus, trains, cars, taxis) are operating normally.
- Phone and fax lines are not cut, you can receive a fax or call from and to Myanmar as usual.
- There is no control at Yangon airport's for camera, photo camera, laptop computer.
- Curfew is from 22h00 to 05h00 (AM) in Yangon.
- Army is not interferring with tourist.
- There is no transportation or visit difficulty for tourist.

Email (5 october 2007).

As last week a team from Ananda Travel will go from Saturday to Monday 8 Octobre in Bangkok to answer all emails and questions. Currently the situation is "normal" (for Myanmar) and quiet.

Current situation update (27 -09 -2007)

Please contact us by email.

Tourist currently in Myanmar with Ananda Travel (27-09-2007)

For familly of people travelling currently in Myanmar with Ananda Travel, there is no need to be worried.
There is no security problem in the country (except downtown Myanmar) and there is absolutely no travel restriction inside the country (except the curfew in Mandalay and Yangon).

Our first priority is the security.
We are in contact with Embassies on regular basis in case of any emergency situation and action to be taken. Until now, there is no problem for tourist travelling in Myanmar.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any specific information.

Flight Schedule - Yangon Airport -Curfew (27-09-2007).

This morning 27-09-2007, domestic myanmar airlines have modified their fligh schedule for their first morning departure (usuallly 06:00 or 06:15 AM).
Now, first flights are leaving Yangon around 07h15 AM to give enought time for people to reach the airport (Curfew from 21h00 to 05h00).
The curfew will may be modified today for 18h00 to 05h00 but nothing is sure.

Sittwe airport (25-September -2009).

The airport will now be open every day for the coming tourist Seasons:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday : Air Mandalay Flight.
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday : Air Bagan

Until today, Yangon Airways has not decide yet to fly to Sittwe.

Sharp Air Fare increase for domestic airlines in Myanmar (17-September -2008)

Myanmar domestic airlines have sharply increase their air price fare for domectic flight in Myanmar.
It could be as high as 15 USD increase per segment, usually around 9 USD for the main destination.

We will publish within 2 days are new price list for domestic flight in Myanmar.
Transportation by car or air in Myanmar is becoming quite expensive.....

Inle market day for 2008 (31-August 2007).

We just have put on line the new calendar for the scheduled market days for the Inle area.
This program is also valid for Kalaw, Pindaya, Heho, Taungyi, Sagar.
You can download the new market day calendar here (acrobat PDF)
or go directly to the web page for 2008 : Here.

Flooding in Myanmar (21 August 2007).

Some places are unfortunately affected by flooding in the delta region, top of the Chindwin river, and Irrawaddy (also near Taungoo).
Currently, there is no problem for the tourist to drive and visit near Inle, Mandalay, Bagan, Monywa.
If the situation changes, we will inform you immediately.

Price increase for gaz and diesel in Myanmar (17 August 2007)

Price for government subsidized gaz and diesel has increased sharply yesterdayfrom 1500 kyats per gallon to 3000 kyats per gallon. Usually street price increase few days after.
Taxis and buses compagnies will probably increase their own price by 10 or 15% next week.

Ananda Travel customer booking file - On Line.

We are happy to propose (starting this week 10-08-2007) to our customers a new service. Ananda Travel customer are now able to log In their personnal booking file and get all the booking statuts for their hotels, plane, boat, guide .....
We will provide to our customer a USername and password by email to let them log in. (Here)

We hope this new service will help our customer to better prepare their journey in Myanmar and have a better awaraness of their booking statuts.

Air Bagan - Yangon Singapore Yangon (01-08-2007)

Air Bagan has confirmed that the first flight Yangon Singapore will be the 7th September.
Special promotional fare for september : 213 USD NET, round trip. It is a bargain compare to Silk Air or even Jet star.

Yangon-Siam Reap or Yangon-Kumming

Does not look like Air Bagan will be ready on time for the 200-2008 tourist season.
Wait and see.

Air Bagan - new Plane - More flights to Bangkok

Air Bagan has recently acquire a new Fokker F 150 to extend its air route in Myanmar and for international connexion. Air Bagan is planning to have two daily flight from Yangon to Bangkok, starting 1st October.
They also plan (finally) to start the Yangon Singapore flight for September 7th 2007.

Payment by credit card for Ananda travel service in Myanmar (15 July 2007)

The payment by credit for Ananda Travel services for our customer will resume the ist week of August. Ananda Travel Yangon has un agreement with Monnex paiement system and the biggest private bank of Singapore.
We will so resume the paiement by credit card (VISA and AMEX only) for our customer soon.

Yangon's airport

The new terminal for arrival and departure is now fully open since 1st week of June. The difference with the old terminal is quite impressive and so far, everything is working well.

Sittwe airport

At today (10 july 2007), the aiport of Sittwe is not open everyday as it is undergoing renovation.
Airport is open only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is closed all the other day of the week. We do not know yet when the airport will be fully open and when the situation will change.

Sule pagode entrance fees (june 2007)

Starting 1st of July, you will have to pay 2 USD for the entrance of the Sulé pagode in Yangon

Delta Queen - 26- May - 2007

We have just receive the information that Delta Queen will not operate for the season 2007-2008.
All the cruises are cancel for the season.

Air bagan flight Yangon - Bangkok

15 Mai, Air Bagan has started its connexion between Yangon and Bangkok. The first flight price was very attractive : 88 USD (two ways).
Air Bagan is suppossed to extend its international air connexion to Singapore, Kumming and Sieam Reap before octobre 2007.
More information on Air Bagan website : www.bagan.com

Photographs of the Water festival in Yangon.

Some photographs of the water festival in Yangon 12-17 April 2007 : Here

Buddhist New Year 12-17 April 2007.

Our office will be closed for the "Water Festival", Buddhist New Year from 12 April to 17 April 2007.

Air Bagan starts new International flighs (09-04-2007).

It is confirmed now that Air Bagan will start new international route, from 1st May with a daily connexion to Bangkok and Singapore. More detail : here

Sittwe airport closed (15 February 2007)

Sittwe airport is closed every day except Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
We have until now no new air schedule from the domestic airline. We keep you inform as soon as we get news.

Sittwe is the access point for Mrauk-U and Arakan State, if you are planning a trip to Mrauk-U, it is better to check with Ananda Travel, your travel agency or the domestic airlines what is the accurate current situation for the airport.

We do not know also the situation of the flight between Sittwe and Ngapali beach.

Renting motobike in Mandalay.

Starting 1st of February, the tourist will not be authorized to rent a motobike in Mandalay area, too many accident....

Octobre floods and road problems: 22-10-2006.

Heavy rains during the first two weeks of October have flooded some parts of central Myanmar, some roads are closed.
Update information 22-10-2006 : Here.

Boat between Mandalay and Bagan.

There is new schedule and fare for the daily boat (recently renovated) between Mandalay and Bagan.

- Fare is up to 30 or 35 USD.
- Departure from Mandalay is at 07h00.
- Departure from Bagan is at 05h30.
- Boats are cruising every day.

Night Train between Yangon and Mandalay (27-09-2006).

We have just learnt today (27-09-2006) that the night train between Yangon and Mandalay is suspended (all night trains between Yangon and Mandalay).

We will post new & detailled information when we get We are contacting our customers which have a travel plan that includes a night train for finding alternative solution.

New Air connection - New airline
(info : 24 July 2006)

Very good news !!!

A new low cost airline is desserving Yangon from Bangkok.
It is Air ASia, very famous in Asia area for its very low cost flight.
You can enjoy a promotional ticket Yangon - Bangkok for only 25 USD++

Log on www.airasia.com web site for more information about this promotional fare and regular service.

VISA paiement - Ananda Travel accepts Visa card

Ananda Travel is very proud to annonce that we are the first Burmese travel agency to accept a paiement by VISA credit card on our web site in fully conformity with VISA regulation.

Our customer will fully benefit of this new feature that will simplify a lot the organisation of their holidays in Myanmar.

More details : Here

Webmail and Email

Very very good news !!! (10 mai 2006).

Laposte, Caramail, Net courrier
can be access freely.
We have just tested today, it works normaly !!!

Yahoo mail and Hotmail are still banned, for other webmail, we do not know and we need to make a test.

New International connexion to Myanmar.

A very interesting flight route is setting up by Air Bagan for 2006 rainy season.
Direct flight from Angkok Wat (Siam Reap) to Yangon. A very good and interesting opportunity for flying from Siam Reap to Myanmar without the expensive stop in Bangkok.

Local new destination :
Domestics airlines stop once a week to the new capital of Myanmar : Nay Pyay Tax

Trek - no more security problem (27-04-06)

Some treks paths have been closed for "security" problem in the area.
It is now open with sometimes a slight change during the trek.
We are resuming our trek for :

- Tha Yet Pu - Khaung Dine
- Tha yet Pu - War Gyi - Indein.
- Kalaw - Tar Yaw
- Kalaw - Indein
- Kalaw - Nang The Le Thee

NB : the real "security" reason seems to have been tourist going to take pictures of a local army base.... not a very good idea, espcially for their local guide.

Visa on arrival

As many are already aware, the capital from Myanmar is moving from Yangon to Pyaymana (8 hours drive north).

Until today (27 April 2006), there is no change for the visa on arrival procedure.

It may change in March, and we could have to go to Pyaymana to ask the authorization. In that case, we will stop to propose the visa on arrival service.

Ngapali - access probleme (01-02-2006)

Update 02 February 2006

The airport is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting 1st February 2006
Renovation of the airport is in good progress (26-March), we hope that aiport will resume normal operation after the rainy seasons.

New office for Ananda Travels Yangon

We have moved our office the 1st November 2005. We hope to get better Internet connexion from this new place (important in Yangon).

Our new phone number and address : Here

Access map in Myanmar and English : Here

New Airlines to Yangon

MIA and Jet Asia are starting a new route from Singapore to Yangon with Airbus A320 4 days a week.
It is a very good, very cheap airline (booking only on Internet), but absolument no service on board.
Prices are really competitive.

New domestic destination.

- Air Bagan has very recently (25-02-05) received its 2 news ATR and will add very exciting new destination to its flight route.
Putao, Myitchina, Pathein, Mergui Island
Check our web site for information about the new flight schedule and destination of Air Bagan.


Mogkok was open for few days in February and it is closed again to tourist (1/03/2005).
Contact us for last update but it seems it is going to be closed quite long...

Balloon over Bagan

Flights resume normally after the rainy season in October 2007. You have now 3 hot air balloon in Bagan.

Security - travelling - Authorization

Mogkok : Will open again for the tourist at the end of January 2005, may be as soon as 20th January.

Credit card - Travel Check

You can not use credit card (Visa, Amex...) or Traveller check in Myanmar because of the US embargo on dollars.
More specific information on our web pages : visa - cash, or detailled credit card information.

Ananda travel is accepting paiement by VISA credit card on its website.

Airlines route updates

- Again a New Air company in Myanmar : Air Myanmar, supposed to take off in January, should be in March 2005 .... still waiting at the 18-10-2005....

-A new direct route to Yangon via DOHA in Qatar will open in January 2005. No need to travel via Kl, Singapore or Bangkok : 4 flight a week.

- 15 March 2003 : A new flight route is open twice a week between Yangon and New Delhi (India) by Myanmar Airways International (no link with the domestic one). International flight connexion from / to Myanmar.

- A new domestic route twice a week should open for the next season between Yangon and Monywa with Air Mandalay. Update soon.

- New carrier for the Yangon - Bangkok air connection with Bangkok Airways. One flight a day on Boeing 717 (new plane). Promotion until September 2004.

Earthquake - tsumani in Indonesia 26-12-04

There is no casualtie or damage in the area of Yangon, Ngapali, Ngwe Saung, Chaung Tha beach and tourist area.
Mergui Island have been very badly hit by tidal wave as the Nicobar Island (India).
20 villages in the delta have been totaly flowded.
It is quite difficult to know the exact death toll, until now it is between 100 and 200 dead.
Officially, there is 3 500 people wounded and "only" 17 villages have been destroid.
The fate of the people and islands far of the Nicobar (Mergui region) is not known accurately.