Sunday, December 15, 2013

Culture & Religion

Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist, followed by 6.2% Christians, 4.8% Muslims, 2.5% Spirit Worshippers and Animists, and 1.5% Hindus. Tourists are advised to observe the following ethics and practices:

Typical Character

Friendly, helpful, honest, humble but dignified.
Treat everyone with respect and you will be respected.


When addressing people, don't leave out U (meaning Mr) or Daw (meaning Ms/Mrs) preceding their names
Speak slowly and clearly.


It is not always customary to shake hands.
It is advisable to avoid public showing of affection with the opposite sex (such as hugging or kissing)

Don't touch any adult on the head, as it is considered rude.
Don't step over any part of a person, as it is considered rude.
Always receive or present things with your right hand.

In Myanmar, nodding mean YES, and shaking head means NO.


For hygiene reasons, try to eat meals that are properly prepare in restaurants. Street vendors might not be the most hygienic in preparing food.
Avoid drinking tap water.
Drink only bottled water and soft drinks that haven't been opened yet.
It is customary for the oldest member to eat first.
Chinese food is common and suggested
Local Myanmar food is often considered “oily”
To try good Myanmar food, go to decent restaurants, where they cook Myanmar food according to international standards.


When buying gems, sculptures, or any expensive souvenir, make sure it comes with an export permit.
Buy artwork from authorized dealers only and get a certified receipt.


Don't leave valuables in your room. Use safe deposit box.
Beware of fraudsters, swindlers, imposters.


Completely avoid narcotics and excessive alcohol consumption.
Carry some medicines for common discomforts such as headache, diarrhea, travel sickness.
Do now be unduly worried about illness. All doctors are English-literate.
Visit only certified medical practitioners.
Health insurance is not available.


Be realistic about the amenities here. They may not meet your expectations.
While travelling by train, keep the windows shut.
Speed or distance are measured in miles, not kilometers.
Carry toilet paper with you when travelling


• Most Myanmar do not wear shoes in their homes. Please remove them when visiting.

Moving About

Jaywalking is discouraged. Be vigilant when walking and watch what you step on.
City driving speed limit is 30 mph. Drive on the right side.


At religious places, visitors are requested to remove footwear.
Avoid shouting, talking loudly, horseplay, jesting or laughing at religious places.
Avoid being a nuisance when taking photographs.
Treat Buddha images with respect.
Tuck away your feet. Pointing the soles of your feet towards religious artifacts is considered inappropriate. Avoid point your feettowards pagodas, monks, or images of the Buddha.
Avoid playing music in religious compounds. It is important to note that Buddhist monks are not allowed to listen to music.
Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor or somewhere inappropriate.
Don't touch sacred objects with disrespect. Hold them in your right- hand, or with both hands.
Leave a donation when possible.
Show respect to monks, nuns, and novices (even if they are children).
Avoid offering your hand to shake hands with a monk.
Sit lower than a monk and elders.
Avoid offering food to a monk, nun, or a novice after noon. Monks, nuns, and novices practice fasting after lunch.
Woman should avoid touching monks.

Natural Gas

Myanmar has an abundance of natural gas especially in the offshore areas. With three main large offshore oil and gas fields and 19 onshore ones, Myanmar has proven recoverable a reserve of 510 billion cubic-meters out of 2.54 trillion cubic-meters of offshore and onshore gas, according to experts. The country has also an estimated 3.2 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil reserve.Natural gas topped Myanmar's exports in the fiscal year of 2007-08 at 2.594 billion U.S. dollars, according to latest statistics of the country's Customs Department.


Myanmar is one of the world's oldest oil producers, exporting it's first barrel in 1853. Today, Myanmar's oil output is small and natural gas export exceeds that of oil.


Once the world's top rice producer, Myanmar harvests 8.1 million hectare of rice annually, primarily in the Irrawaddy Delta area. In 2010, production stood at approximately 31 million metric tons, of which about 1 million tons are exported. 


In Myanmar, gold is regarded as a substance of royal stature. Devotees in Myanmar affix gold plates and gold foils to the surfaces of Pagodas and Buddha statues as an expression of reverence. The primary gold deposits are found in Kawlin Township, Sagaing Division, which holds an estimated 6.04 million tons of ores. 


Myanmar exported 890,000 tons of timber in 2009-2010. India was the major buyer purchasing about half of all exports followed by Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. 


Myanmar ventured into rubber plantations, boosting its exports standing in the international community.Most of the natural rubber produced is consumed by the tyre industry. Rubber is grown extensively in Mudone, Thanbyuzayat and Ye Townships in Mon State. Moreover, Shan state and Tenasserim are developing rubber plantations as well.


With its beauty, versatility, and wide-range of expressions, jade has held a special allure for enthusiasts for ages. Hpakant, a major jade production area, is situated in the Myitkyina District of Kachin State, about 600 miles north of Yangon. There are also Jade markets in Hpakan, Lonkin and Mogaung.


Mogok valley in upper Myanmar was for centuries the world's main source for ruby. Mogok produced some of the finest rubies ever mined, but in recent years very few good rubies have been found there. The very best color in Myanmar rubies is sometimes referred to as "pigeon's blood."


Affectionately referred to as "Gold Pearls," Myanmar pearls are special and unique. Sizes range from 10mm to 16mm. They can be found at Myeik.


Myanmar is one of the major bean exporters in the world. Myanmar ranks fourth among the top ten dry bean producers in world.


Myanmar has numerous coal deposits around the country. They can be found along the Ayeyarwady and Chidwin river basins as well as in the southern part of the country. Myanmar has a total of 16 Major coal deposits throughout the country.

How to Apply Visa Myanmar

Fill up the secure online application form
Applicant is required to enter all the necessary information in the application.

Confirm and pay the processing fee
Applicant needs to recheck all the information is correct before proceed to the next step. Make the payment with Credit/Debit Card via eNETS. Acknowledgement email with application code will be sent to applicants.

Get approval letter within 3 days
Within 3 days, applicants will get visa approval letter via email. Print out the letter with barcode and bring along with passport, then show them to Immigration officer at Myanmar arrival checkpoints. 

Get visa stamped at arrival checkpoints
Upon arrival to Myanmar arrival checkpoints, present visa approval letter and passport to the Immigration officer to get passport stamped.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Who need visa to Vietnam ?

Only citizens of certain countries can visit Vietnam without Vietnam entry visa. Those countries include: most citizens of ASEAN countries are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam from 15days to 30 days; citizens of Korea, Japan & Scandinavians (Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland passport holders) are no need Vietnam visa for visit Vietnam within 15 days. All other citizens are required to get Vietnam entry visa before departure (Vietnam visa issued prior to departure by Vietnamese consulates or embassies) or a pre-approved Vietnam entry visa (visa is issued on arrival at Vietnam’s International Airports) supplied before arrival in Vietnam
Hereafter Vietnam Visa exemption information you should know :
No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 30 days: Citizens of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Laos; Philippines passport holders are no need visa for 21 days; Brunei passport holders are not required visa to Vietnam for 15 days.
No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 15 days: Citizens of Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland
No visa required for travel less than 90 days or several visits within 6 months: Citizens of France holding valid diplomatic or official passports.
No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: Citizens of Chile holding valid diplomatic or official passports.
No Vietnam entry visa required for travel less than 60 days: APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies
No Vietnam entry visa for traveling to Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam : Foreigners and Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who enter Vietnam through an international border gate and then travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay in Phu Quoc less than 15 days will also be exempt from Vietnam visa application. Passports must be valid for at least 45 days. After arriving in Phu Quoc Island, if visitors want to travel other localities or stay in the island for more than 15 days, the immigration department will be responsible for issuing visas right on the spot.
No visa required for Vietnamese overseas less than 90days staying if holding Vietnam visa exemption certificate.

That’s some information on Vietnam exemption we would inform you know

Monday, October 28, 2013


Whoever living in Myanmar has Myanmar or other nationalities which are not in the Vietnam Visa exemption list that must have Visa to enter Vietnam.

You can get Vietnam Visa in Myanmar by two ways.

1. Get Vietnam Visa on Arrival and Visa stamped at Vietnam International Airports by applying online in website

Vietnam Visa On Arrival is effective for citizens who are living far away from the Vietnamese Embassies and do not want to lose the issues (passport, money or documents) by postal mail.

- Visa Administrative Institution: at Vietnam Immigration Department via applying in this website

- Processing time: 1 to 2 working days. In rush service you can get visa Vietnam in 30 minutes to 4 hours.

- Required Documents: No documents needed

- How does it work? Just access in website, fill the form online, you will receive a Confirmation Letter in a few minutes to know when you get the Vietnam Visa Approval Letter. Normally The Approval Letter is coming to you via email within 2 working days or from 4 – 8 working hours (urgent service), in 30 minutes (in emergency).

Finally you take this letter + your passport + 2 photos + stamping fee 25 USD for single entry or 50 USD for multiple entries to get your visa at airport. Further information, please visit application process.

2. Get Vietnam Entry Visa at Vietnam Embassies in Myanmar

If you apply for Visa to Vietnam in person at the Vietnam Embassy in Myanmar, you need to know:

- Visa administrative Institution: Vietnam Embassy

- Processing time: it depends on you how fast you need. But for sure, you should make a call to Vietnam Embassy for details.

- Required Documents: passport, money and 1 new envelope with stamp on it and your exact home address in order to avoid losing issues.

2.1 Embassy of Vietnam in Yangon, Myanmar

Address: Building No.70-72, Thanlwin Road, Bahan Township, Yangon.

Phone: 95-1- 511305, 9

Fax: 95-1- 514897


Office Hours : Monday to Friday: 08.00 — 12.00; 13.00 — 16.30


- Before applying for Vietnam visa, make sure your passport has minimum 6 month validity and left pages.

- For visa on arrival option, it is applicable for those traveling by air to Vietnam.

For any further information, please kindly contact us. We are willing and pleased to assist you at our best!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vietnam embassy in Bahrain

Are you looking for location of Vietnam embassy in Bahrain ?
We regret to announce you that there has been no embassy or consulate of Vietnam in Bahrain until now. You are recommended to contact the nearest Vietnam Embassies in any of your neighbouring countries.
We are pleased to let you know that we will update the newest contact information of the embassy/consulate of Vietnam in Bahrain for your reference.
It would also be helpful if you could send us any information about the Vietnam embassy in this country via our email

Complete Name: Kingdom of Bahrain
Native Name: Al-Baḥrain
Capital: Al-Manāmah
Governorates: Al-Janūbīyah [Southern], Al-Manāmah [Capital], Al-Muḥarraq, Al-Wusṭā [Central], Ash-Shamālīyah [Northern]
Principal Cities: Al-Manāmah, Al-Muḥarraq, Ar-Rifā’, Ḥammād

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How to Get a Visa for Myanmar

Foreigners must have a visa sticker in their passport -- obtained in advance -- before they enter Myanmar. Several new border crossings opened up along the Burmese-Thai border in August 2013, allowing visitors to enter Myanmar overland and then exit via three different international airports.

Travelers to Myanmar have two options: apply for a Myanmar visa in their home countries, or apply for a Myanmar visa in China or Southeast Asia.

Due to international sanctions against Myanmar's regime government, there are no direct flights between Western countries and Myanmar. Many travelers opt to apply for a Myanmar visa at the embassy in Bangkok, then grab a cheap flight from Bangkok to Yangon.
2013 Update: Many international sanctions against Myanmar are being dropped by both the United States and European Union in 2013 -- direct flights may be soon to follow!
The Myanmar Visa

The Myanmar visa allows you 28 days of travel inside of Myanmar after flying into the airport or crossing the border with Thailamd; the visa can not be extended. A visa for Myanmar is only valid for three months from the date of issue, so plan your trip accordingly.

Visa regulations and lengths can change frequently, confirm with the embassy where you apply.
The Myanmar Visa Application

While applying for a Myanmar visa is slightly more involved than that of neighboring countries, the process is fairly straightforward. As with any regime, you may be asked additional questions and the application can be killed at the whim of officials who may be having a bad day.