“Over our heads will float the Blue Bird singing
of beautiful and impossible things,
of things that are lovely and that never
happen, of things that are not and that should be.” [Oscar Wilde]
Visa and passport
It is advisable that all travelers to Myanmar obtain a visa in advance. A foreign individual tourist (FIT) visa is valid for 28 days and may be extendable in Myanmar, subject to current regulations. Visas can be obtained at Myanmar embassies or consulates worldwide. A passport with a minimum of six months of validity is required.
We recommend that all visitors obtain travel insurance such as short-term health and accident policies before coming to Myanmar.
How to get to Bagan
Bagan can be reached by road via bus or car, by boat, by air, and by train. The Nyaung Oo Airport (Bagan) is 15-minutes drive away from the hotel.
The national currency of Myanmar is the kyat (pronounced “chat”). US dollars are accepted in most hotels and some tourist shops and restaurants. And it is advisable to bring new dollars, as many vendors will not accept damaged, torn & dirty notes as well as Blue Bird Hotel. It is also recommended to carry kyats for other purchases, local restaurants and tipping.
Blue Bird boutique hotel accepts the settlement of room charges and other incidental charges in USD in cash or by credit card (Visa and Master).
Myanmar uses 220V, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3-pin plugs.
The official language is Myanmar but English is widely spoken as well as at Blue Bird boutique hotel.
GMT/ UTC +6.5
It is best to ask permission before making portraits; especially the ethnic groups could be superstitious about it. Photographing of military and government facilities such as bridges, army compounds, police stations, government offices are forbidden.
If you are happy with the service provided, a small tip is always welcome. A service charge and government tax is added to the bill at most restaurants and hotels. Tipping to tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour is customary. The amount remains at your sole discretion and at your appreciation to their services.
What to bring
- Extra passport photos
- Photocopy of your passport (first two pages and page with Myanmar visa)
- Sun block, sunglasses, hat, umbrella
- Extra pair of prescription glasses
- Small flashlight
- Personal medical kit
- Mosquito repellent
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Hygienic tampons (only sanitary napkins are widely available in Myanmar)
- A set of smart eveningwear for at least one elegant dinner, if desired
What to wear
- Lightweight, loose-fitting cotton clothes
- A light wrap
- Warm sweater or jacket, windbreaker, socks (especially for winter or highland areas)
- Sturdy sandals (easily removable, for visiting temples)
- Walking shoes and cotton socks
Myanmar has three distinct seasons.
The dry, cool winter season lasts from November to February.
Temperatures start climbing in March with average temperatures in the 30s (Celsius), reaching their peak during May with occasionally over 40C.
The green season “Monsoon” lasts from May until October with frequent short rainstorms and humidity.