Myanmar Travel Budget - Visit Myanmar on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Myanmar?

You should plan to spend around $36 (MMK115,933) per day on your vacation in Myanmar. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $5.30 (MMK17,215) on meals
  • $2.18 (MMK7,079) on local transportation
  • $15 (MMK49,874) on hotels

A one week trip to Myanmar for two people costs, on average, $500 (MMK1,623,060). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Myanmar cost?

A one week trip to Myanmar usually costs around $250 (MMK811,530) for one person and $500 (MMK1,623,060) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Myanmar on average costs around $500 (MMK1,623,060) for one person and $1,000 (MMK3,246,120) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Myanmar will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Myanmar on average costs around $1,071 (MMK3,477,986) for one person and $2,142 (MMK6,955,972) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in Myanmar?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Myanmar is $261 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Myanmar expensive to visit?

Myanmar is a very affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 10% of countries in the world for its affordability. Many budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring this country in depth.

Within Asia, Myanmar is reasonably affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in Asia for its affordability. You can find more affordable countries such as Uzbekistan, but there are also more expensive countries, such as Maldives.

For more details, see Is Myanmar Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Myanmar?

The average Myanmar trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Myanmar travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) MMK49,874 ($15)
Local Transportation 1 MMK7,079 ($2.18)
Food 2 MMK17,215 ($5.30)
Entertainment 1 MMK119,375 ($37)
Accommodation Budget in Myanmar
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Myanmar is $7.68 (MMK24,937). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Myanmar is $15 (MMK49,874). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Hotel Prices in Myanmar

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Local Transportation Budget in Myanmar
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Myanmar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $2.18 (MMK7,079) per person, per day, on local transportation in Myanmar.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Recommended Services

Food Budget in Myanmar
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Myanmar can vary, the average cost of food in Myanmar is $5.30 (MMK17,215) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Myanmar should cost around $2.12 (MMK6,886) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Myanmar is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Myanmar
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Myanmar typically cost an average of $37 (MMK119,375) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Water Budget in Myanmar
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.42 (MMK1,365) on bottled water in Myanmar per day. The public water in Myanmar is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Myanmar on a Budget
Myanmar Mandalay, Myanmar
Myanmar, or Burma is located in Southeast Asia on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Laos and Thailand lie to the east, Bangladesh and India to the West, and China to the north.

Although Myanmar is rich in resources, it suffers from extreme poverty due to widespread corruption and government controls. The country's culture is heavily influenced by both India and China. There are stupas and temples spread throughout the country that are similar to those found in northern India. Theravada Buddhism is the largest religion, similar to that of nearby Thailand. The dominant ethnic group is the Bamar although there are many minority ethnic groups as well, each with their own culture and language.

The climate in Myanmar is broken down into three seasons. The hot season runs between March and April and the rainy season is cooler and runs from May to October. November through February is the peak tourism season and also the cool season. Temperatures during the hot season can reach 36 degrees Celsius in Yangon, while the highs during the cool season hang around 32 degrees Celsius. Temperatures are moderately cooler in Mandalay and dramatically cooler in the highlands.

Myanmar can be broken down into six regions. These include the lowlands of the Irrawaddy Delta, Central Myanmar, with cool hill towns and many archaeological sites, Western Myanmar with remote mountain regions and beaches along the Bay of Bengal, Northern Myanmar that stretches from the Himalayas southward, Eastern Myanmar with the Golden Triangle, and Southeastern Myanmar that borders Thailand.
At A Glance
  • Because of Myanmar's tense political situation the country's infrastructure is in very poor condition. Much of the western world has trade sanctions against the country, making travel in general difficult. Travel to certain regions is completely prohibited while other areas require a special permit or a mandatory guide. The popular tourist destinations such as Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan are open to foreigners, but once you travel off the beaten path restrictions become a problem. Any visitor may apply for a permit to visit restricted areas, but these permits are rarely issued in a timely manner, if at all.

  • Because the roads and railways are in such poor condition, flying is the most comfortable way to travel around the country. Myanma Airways is the state owned airline. It has a very poor safety record and is best avoided. There are several privately owned airlines that serve the major domestic routes within the country. These include Air Bagan, Asian Wings, Air Mandalay, Golden Myanmar Airways and Yangon Airways. These tend to be more expensive but safer than the state run option.

  • The official language of Myanmar is Burmese. There are also many ethnic groups throughout the country who speak their own language. Mandarin is also spoken by the sizeable Chinese community that is most common in Mandalay. Because Myanmar is a former British colony and English is still taught in primary schools, many Burmese understand at least some English. In larger cities you are more likely to find people who know enough English to communicate. Those who work in the tourism industry also typically know some English.

  • Myanmar's currency is the kyat but foreigners are often required to pay for hotels, tourist attractions, train and plane tickets, ferry rides and more with US dollars. Other transactions such as tips and food must be done with kyat. It is technically illegal for Myanmar citizens to take US dollars without a licence but this law is often ignored (but do not insist on paying with US dollars). Officially kyat can not be exchanged abroad so make sure to change it before leaving the country. You may be able to change it in countries with large Burmese populations such as Singapore, but do not plan on this.

  • Popular souvenirs in Myanmar include lacquerware that is made into bowls, cups, vased, and more. You can find this almost anywhere. Myanmar is also known as a miner of jade, rubies and sapphire but be on the lookout for fakes. Tapestries, called kalaga or shwe chi doe are also a popular item to purchase.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Bagan: This is the main tourist destination in Myanmar. It was the capital of the first Myanmar Empire and today it is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in all of Southeast Asia. It's located on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawaddy River and is a breathtaking place to visit.

Inle: This impressive lake is situated in the middle of Shan State. Located in the mountains, it's amazingly beautiful and cooler in temperature than most places in Myanmar. There are over 30 hill tribes in the surrounding mountains and the culture of the area is fascinating. There are several lake resorts that are built on stilts.

Kyaiktiyo: This pagoda sits on a gold gilded boulder at the edge of a hill that stands over 1100 meters above sea level.

Popular Foods
Burmese food, like the culture, is influenced by Chinese, Indian and Mon flavors. Rice is the staple and there are many vegetarian options available. Regional flavors are obvious as well, with seafood common along the coastline and preserved meats available in the inland areas.

Mohinga: This is considered the national dish of Myanmar and is made with rice vermicelli, fish gravy, corriander and chili powder. Flavors can range from sweet to spicy and it is usually served at breakfast.

Onnokauswe: This soup dish is made with thick noodles, coconut milk, and chicken. Condiments may include fried fruit fritters or even solidified duck blood.

Laphet Thote: This is a Burmese salad that originated in the Shan State and is made with tea leaves and nuts. It often includes sliced lettuce and rice.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.