Daily Travel Costs in Myanmar on a Shoestring Budget
US$25 | 34,000 Kyat
We’re going with $25 as our Myanmar backpacking budget which makes it a fraction more expensive than some of its Southeast Asian neighbours but not significantly so. The cost of accommodation is certainly a bit higher and it’s not the easiest country to get around so you can end up spending more on transport, particularly if you want to see a large portion of a country that is deceptively big.
You may read articles or hear from people who describe Myanmar as expensive but that is only in very relative terms. Overall it is still a very budget-friendly destination with dirt cheap food available all over the country. Entrance fees for some of the country’s more popular sites can take a large chunk out of this budget on any given day. However on a quiet day where you’re not travelling between towns or forking out for attractions then you can get by on less than $20 if you’re savvy so it certainly averages out.
See where Burma ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.
More Comfortable Myanmar Backpacker Budget
US$30 | 40,000 Kyat
Myanmar isn’t really like Thailand or Cambodia, where there is a big party culture amongst backpackers and the potential to just blow your budget on partying each night exists. It’s a more tranquil kind of place and by adding $15 or $25 per day there’s not really a significant amount of extra things you can do so $30 is sensible even for travellers who aren’t quite so budget-orientated.
There is a fairly rigid path that travellers in Myanmar tend to take in terms of where to go and what to do and the previous budget allows for that. Increasing your budget a fraction allows you to perhaps stay in a few nicer hotels in areas where the budget travel accommodation options are limited or poor, which is the case in some parts of the country. Myanmar doesn’t have the extensive travel infrastructure of some of its neighbours to the East so in some cases there will only be one real option for getting from A to B and smaller destinations may only have a couple of hotels geared towards foreign visitors.
Sample Prices in Myanmar
Flight from Yangon to Mandalay – from $100
Bus from Bagan to Mandalay (around 5-6 hours) – from $8
Meal at a local restaurant – $2.50
Large bottle of local beer in bar/restaurant – $1
Dorm bed in Yangon – from $8/night
Private double/twin room in Mandalay – from $15/night
Entrance to Bagan temples – 25,000 Kyat (around $20 at local exchange rates)
These prices are as of December 2016.
Compare Burma prices to the cost of travel in Thailand.
Currency – Burmese Kyat
£1 = 1700 MMK
€1 = 1432 MMK
US$1 = 1351 MMK
(All exchange rates are correct as of December 2016)
Black market rates may vary considerably to the ones listed above. US Dollars are widely accepted.
Healthcare isn’t great in Myanmar and if you get ill or seriously injured you may need to be transferred a long way, possibly even to Thailand. Obviously this is very rare but getting travel insurance via World Nomads will prove a great help in the unlikely event of something going wrong.
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This article was published in December 2016.
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