The next trip you plan should be to Myanmar, a ‘forbidden fruit’ in Asia. Why should you go to Myanmar now? After years of isolation, Myanmar is just starting to open to tourism and becomes one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in Asia. Entering Myanmar is like stepping back in time, trishaws still are the easiest mode of transportation, Buddhism is still a way of life to create peace and harmony, and Internet and Wi-Fi connection are painfully slow. Now is the best time to visit Myanmar when it is still an unspoiled paradise of ancient temples and traditional villages.
Overland crossing border is limited for travelers, most people arrive in Myanmar by airplane.
Currently, there are three international airports in Myanmar,
and a fourth- Hanthawaddy International Airport still under construction.
Myanmar is now reachable by direct flights from many countries, including:
Myanmar Airways International Co., Ltd., a privately owned airline headquartered in Yangon, is the major airline operating international services to destinations mainly in Southeast Asia. Other region airlines also provide limited service in and out of the country.
If you are planning a trip to Myanmar, look for flight to following destinations:
1. Yangon International Airport (RGN)
Yangon International Airport, located 15 kilometers north of downtown Yangon, is the primary and busiest international airport of Myanmar. It has three main terminals, one domestic and two international. The airport’s old terminal is used exclusive for domestic flights, and the new terminals handle with international flights to Myanmar. The international terminal (T1 and T2) have modern facilities, Visa- and Master Card-ready ATMs and pre-pay mobile SIM cards sales counters.
Please find hereunder a list of international direct flights to Yangon:
2. Mandalay International Airport (MDL)
Mandalay International Airport is the largest and the most modern airport in the country. It is served by an increasing number of direct international flights to Myanmar. Mandalay International Airport was extensively renovated in 2015, and is up to modern standards with money exchange, and Visa and MasterCard ATM facilities.
Here are available Mandalay direct international flights:
Besides the above airport of Yangon and Mandalay, you should note about Naypyidaw International Airport, which may not be convenient for traveling, but getting to the capital of Myanmar, and its surroundings. Naypyidaw International Airport is located 16 kilometers southeast of Naypyidaw. The ground floor of the two-story building is for arrivals and the first floor is for departure, the West Hall is for domestic travelers, and the North and East Hall is for international travelers. At that time, only Bangkok Airways operates 3 non-stop flights per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) – Naypyidaw with 70-seater ATR72 aircraft.
Most international flights to Myanmar arrive at Yangon International Airport, but you can also fly into Mandalay International Airport. There is lack of direct flights to Myanmar especially from European countries, but it doesn’t mean you will face many difficulties to get to the ‘Golden Land’. You will have to transit by Thailand, China or Singapore (see above).