Myanmar is one of a beautiful country located in the South-East Asia. This country is rich with the culture, nature and heritage sites. What attracted me to visit this country at the first place was because of the famous Bagan and Inle Lake. But, fortunately, Myanmar is more than that. I left my heart there since I experienced tons of surprises during my visit. This time, I’d like to share the tips on wandering Myanmar on Budget.
- Low Cost Carrier (LCC)
I’d thank to the LCC companies who made it possible for a wanderer like me for hopping destinations in such reasonable prices. AirAsia, for an example, gives big discount on special dates; within first week of every month and travel fairs that allow you to plan your trip easily.
If you have credit cards, do check whether the points could be redeemed with mileage bonus. This could lead you to get free flight 🙂
Ps: sometimes, commercial Airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Garuda, Qatar and KLM also manages for Travel Fair and the prices are affordable for some TOP Destinations.
Hostel, dorm and homestays are always the best answer to spend nights on budget. Please do use online travel apps like booking.com, agoda, air bnb and many more for better comparison and also review of the accommodation. Of course, you want to stay at budget hostel, but make sure it’s clean, neat, organized, accessible and informative.
Most of budget accommodations are managed by the locals. So, another value you get during your stay is you will experience the local interaction directly and living their wisdom. Also, there will be many useful aplicable tips from the local for your travel experience.
- Night Bus
Another thing I love about this country is they have really good transportation system. I found its quite easy to travel from Yangon to another part of Myanmar such as Bagan, NyaungShwe and Mandalay. There are also domestic flight and train schedule as options, but what suits me the best based on my budget and time was to travel by night bus.
Taking night bus, will make you reduce cost of accommodation to almost 20-40%. The bus will leave at around 7pm-8pm and reach the destination around 4am – 5am. So basically, you could rest and sleep at the night bus. The busses are fancy and equipped with reclining seat, blanket, wet towel and tooth brush. I found it totally worth it.
In places like Bagan and Inle, the bus company provides shuttle service to pick up the passengers from their accommodation to the bus terminal.
Ps: Beware of the bus you may use. Some of the night bus are not air-conditioned. Please recheck with the ticket office before you hop on the bus.
- Sharing Tour
In Myanmar, I found it’s easy to get along with another traveler. I met another traveler and fortunately they are Indonesian. We booked tours together and it’s become super worth it. Sharing cost can be fun and you might get advises from travelers about places that shouldn’t be missed!
- Try local food
Myanmar local’s foods taste good. In the morning, you can have Myanmar tea (super delicious) or coffee with cake or samosa (Myanmar has Indian influence). Traditional noodles (eg: Shawn Noodles) are also cheap and famous. Enjoying food at small local restaurants or food stalls could really help you spending money wisely. Spending your money direct to the local people obviously help them to grow their business.
- Rent local transportation
If you have a driving license, I suggest you to rent motorbike to explore the destination. Although they provide electric bike (which is super slow) but it will give you another excitement to experience Myanmar to the fullest. Most of accommodations are also have bicycle rental with affordable price.
So, for the best and affordable travel experiences, just try to act and live like the locals. It simply save your money and on the other hand, you get extra ordinary travel experiences.
Ps: at the end of the journey, I only spent USD 250 (excluding air ticket) for exploring Myanmar in 9 days!!!