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What will visiting Myanmar with GraceWorks Travel cost?
We provide fully inclusive, tailored package tours ex Australia. All prices are on application and will take into consideration a number of variables, such as duration of the tour, preferred destinations within the country, type of accommodation requested etc. For people travelling to Myanmar from other parts of the world, an on-ground quote, in US dollars, will be provided.
- Return airfares, Australia to Yangon
- Twin share accommodation in comfortable hotels equivalent to 3-4 star (single supplement available upon request)
- All airport transfers in Myanmar
- All land transport in Myanmar
- All meals and bottled water
- Sightseeing entry fees and tips
- Tour leader and local English speaking guide/driver
- Pre-departure information
- Volunteer work and visits to orphanages, learning centres, sewing centre, local villages etc. These activities will be dependent upon group interests and accessibility at the time
- Support for the GraceWorks projects visited
- Airport departure tax in Yangon (US$10)
- Tourist visa for Myanmar (A$35)
- Comprehensive travel insurance (insurance certificate to be sighted prior to departure)
- Personal expenses, including laundry, alcohol, internet access, phone calls, souvenirs etc.
- Camera/video fees which sometimes apply to certain tourist destinations.
Prices quoted are subject to change. Increases can occur due to matters outside our control such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. GraceWorks Travel will attempt to keep any changes in price to a minimum.
When are trips to Myanmar available?
What clothes are appropriate in Myanmar?
Women need to wear modest tops with short sleeves, calf length skirts or ¾ pants. Short skirts, shorts and singlet tops are not acceptable in Myanmar. Men will be fine in t-shirts and longer shorts. A set of neat casual clothes will be required on some occasions. Both men and women can try wearing the local longyis.
What kind of food would I eat in Myanmar?
Mainly western food is served at the hotels all team members will be staying in. We will however also have the opportunity to try traditional Burmese food during the trip.
Do I need a Visa to visit Myanmar?
Yes. You will need to apply for a visa directly from the Myanmar Embassy in Canberra. Please visit their website on www.myanmarembassycanberra.com. Once there, go to 'Visa Information', then 'Tourist Visa'. From there, please follow the prompts, fill in the application form and submit it to the Embassy. Please note that you must have a current passport.
Do visitors get sick in Myanmar?
Most people take a few days to adapt to a new, unfamiliar diet but Burmese food is not particularly spicy. You will all have had the necessary vaccinations for the trip but, as in all third-world countries, a high level of personal hygiene is essential. Bottled drinking water will be provided. Otherwise, look on the whole trip as a culinary adventure!
Are there any medical precautions / requirements?
Yes. Please consult your doctor 3 months prior to travel and he/she will advise you about any immunisations you may need. You must also advise your team leader if you have any current medical problems. Medical support in Myanmar is not up to the same standard we're used to in Australia.
What would I do in Myanmar?
During your stay you will visit a number of different GWM projects including children's homes, farms, villages and education centres.
At the children’s homes, you will be able to engage with the children and run a variety of activities of your choice or assist them with their English studies. During the course of your stay, you may identify other areas that interest you and which your tour leader can facilitate.
The more involved you become, the more you will be rewarded.
Is it safe to visit Myanmar?
Yes, but there are precautions we need to take. Your team leader will explain these to you during team briefings.
How many people can visit Myanmar per trip?
No more than 8 per team. This is due to transport efficiency and security considerations.