How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar?

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How Cheap Is Myanmar and How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar?

Travelling can be expensive so its good to keep track of expenses and make a budget. I tracked my spending so I can share with you how much it can cost to travel in Myanmar.

When I was researching online, Myanmar was listed as one of the most expensive countries is South East Asia, most people recommending a daily budget in Myanmar of $30-$50 per person per day. This seemed like a lot of money, especially when I would read the neighboring, more touristy country, Thailand would cost $20-$40 per day. Though, my daily Myanmar budget came to a lot less than expected in the end, showcasing the perfect backpacking affordable destination of Myanmar.


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How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

How Much Does It Cost To Travel Myanmar?

The Cost To Travel In Yangon

Day 1 – Yangon

Flying into Yangon late at night my first major cost was my Visa. I had previously applied online and was approved for an e-visa at a cost of $50.00

I also picked up a sim card on arrival which gave me 4gb of data for $8.50

At the airport, I took a fixed price taxis to downtown Yangon accommodation $6.00

Staying at the Backpackers Bed & Breakfast for $10.00 per night including free breakfast and water.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $74.50

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Day 2- Yangon

Free breakfast from backpackers

Visited Shwedagon Pagoda and somehow managed not to pay

Lunch (Jam buns from corner store & soft drink) $0.70

Ferry to Dala Township $2.20 return

Two hour tuktuk tour split between four people of Dala Township $2

Dinner at Golden Duck Restaurant (fried rice, Japanese tofu & soft drink) $5.20

Staying at the Backpackers Bed & Breakfast for $10.00 including free breakfast and water.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $20.10

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Day 3- Yangon

Free breakfast from backpackers

Lunch at 999 Shan Noodle $1.50

I needed an adapter plug as I did not buy one before I left New Zealand $2.90

Half a watermelon $0.20, which I did not pay for as friend did

Bracelet purchased from a small boy who should probably be in school, not sitting in the back of a truck $0.70

Dinner is back to Golden Duck Restaurant again (fried rice & soft drink) $2.90

Staying at the Backpackers Bed & Breakfast for $10.00 including free breakfast and water.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $18.00

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Day 4- Yangon

Free breakfast from backpackers

Lunch at Rangoon Tea House (three samosas & watermelon juice) $5.00

Purchased a lock for my bag $1.50

I take the circle train around Yangon which is painfully long $0.15

I find a mini mart and purchase a dinner of cup noodles, cake and a soda $1.80

Staying at the Backpackers Bed & Breakfast for $10.00 including free breakfast and water.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $18.45

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Day 5- Yangon

Free breakfast at hostel

Went back to the mini mart and brought more noodles for lunch & dinner $1.80

Night bus to Bagan $13.50

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $15.30

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

The Cost To Travel In Bagan

Day 6- Bagan

Shared a taxi from the bus stop to the accommodation $2.20

Paid the Bagan entry fee $20.00

E bike hire from sunrise to sunset $5.00

Purchased a pair of pants to wear around to the temples $3.70

Buy a coconut $0.70

Lunch at A Little Bit of Bagan (egg & avocado sandwich & soft drink )$3.60

Dinner at A Little Bit of Bagan (pizza & soft drink) $4.00

Staying at the Royal Bagan Hotel for $13.50 including free breakfast.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $52.70

hot air balloons in front of the sunrise in bagan

tasha amy watching sunrise in bagan myanmar

Day 7- Bagan

Had a late breakfast which was included in the accommodation cost.

Dinner at Weatherspoons (lemon & lime juice, pasta & chips) $7.40

Staying at the Royal Bagan Hotel for $13.50 including free breakfast.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $20.90

orange doorways around bagan

tasha amy watching the views over the temples

Day 8- Bagan

Had a late breakfast which was included in the accommodation cost.

E bike hire from sunrise to sunset $6.00

Bottled water $0.20

Dinner at A little Bit of Bagan (egg & avocado sandwich, chips & soft drink) $7.30

Staying at the Royal Bagan Hotel for $13.50 including free breakfast.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $27.00

souvenirs around bagan

hot air balloons at sunrise in bagan

Day 9- Bagan

Free breakfast from accommodation

Late lunch at Shwe Ya Su Restaurant (pizza & lemon & lime juice)  $5.50

Purchased noodles and water at corner store $0.80

Staying at the Royal Bagan Hotel for $13.50 including free breakfast.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $19.80

exploring around the pagodas in bagan


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sun setting over bagan

The Cost To Travel In Mandalay

Day 10- Mandalay

Free breakfast from accommodation

Bus to Mandalay $7.00

Purchased water $0.40

Ate the leftover noodles purchased yesterday for dinner

Staying at the Four Rivers Hostel Mandalay for $14.00 including free breakfast.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $21.40

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

Day 11- Mandalay

Free breakfast from accommodation

Felt sick today so did not do anything

Dinner at Nova (mozzarella sticks, grilled cheese sandwich & a pot of tea) $11.60

Staying at the Four Rivers Hostel Mandalay for $14.00 including free breakfast.

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $25.60

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

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Day 12- Mandalay

Free breakfast from accommodation

Day tour organised through hostel to monastery, pagoda, local school, Sutaungpyei Pagoda, ava township and U-Bein Bridge $6.50

Lunch at a random side of the road restaurant- fried rice & soft drink $3.30

Snack purchased soft drink and chips- $0.60

Took a short boat ride across to Ava/Inwa township $0.90

Staying at the Four Rivers Hostel Mandalay for $14.00 including free breakfast.

Daily expenditure: $25.30

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

Day 13- Mandalay

Free breakfast from accommodation

Shared taxi to the airport to catch flight to Thailand $2.90

Lunch at airport café (chips, cake and a pot of tea) $7.40

Daily Cost In Myanmar: $10.30

How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar

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How Much Does it Cost To Travel In Myanmar?

 Costs To Travel In Myanmar  Kyat  US Dollars
Visa 70000  $50.00
Taxi Airport To Hostel 8000  $6.00
Sim Card With Data 11500  $8.50
Ferry To Dala 3000  $2.20
Tuk Tuk Tour In Dala 2000  $2.00
Power Adapter 4000  $2.90
Bracelet 1000  $0.70
Circle Train 200  $0.15
Lock 2000  $1.50
Bus To Bagan 18500  $13.50
Taxi Into Bagan 3000  $2.20
Bagan Entry Fee 25000  $20.00
Pants 5000  $3.70
EBike Hire Day 1 7000  $5.00
EBike Hire day 2 8000  $6.00
Bus To Mandalay 9000  $7.00
Day Tour Mandalay 9000  $6.50
Ferry To Ava/Inwa 1200  $0.90
Taxi To Mandalay Airport 4000  $2.90
Accommodation 187000  $136.00
Food 87250  $64.30
Total Costs 465650  $341.95
Costs per day 35819  $26.30

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Myanmar Budget vs Myanmar Costs

Budgeted Actual Difference
Total Spend $455.00 $341.95 +$113.05
Cost per day $35.00 $26.30 +$8.10

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How To Save Money When Traveling In Myanmar

  • Book hostels with free breakfast
  • Check out whether those hostels also include free water
  • Share transport with other people, hostels should have a board to put your name down on
  • Organised tours online can be expensive, try do it yourself or see if your accommodation offers anything
  • One of the many awesome facts about Yangon is how affordable it is to get around by taking taxis!
  • You can haggle with street vendors, but me, nor anyone I was traveling with ever did, we felt like prices were too cheap in Myanmar

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44 thoughts on “How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar?

  1. Maderson says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip in detail. Im about to book a trip there though not sure where to go just yet. I will be leaving in 8 days though.
    Thanks again.

    Maderson.

    • Tasha Amy says:

      Hey Maderson. I think it depends on your travel style. This was my first solo trip and I definately traveled too slow. Try make the most out of overnight buses. Yangon has changed a lot these days and I wouldnt recommend longer than 2 nights. Try get to Bagan for the temples and Inle Lake for nature. Then you could end flying out of Mandalay.

  2. Travelworkandplay says:

    We found Myanmar to be cheaper than expected too! Especially as we weren’t drinking or eating much after I was blighted with the worst food poisoning of my life in Yangon. Fruit and white rice doesn’t cost very much hehe. I guess for solo travellers there isn’t a lot of dorm situations, but we were splitting a private room anyway so were paying around $10 a night each for accommodation – and everywhere was a/c which was nice!

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      Oh no food poisoning is the worst, but you’re right it does help you save money haha! Wow $10 a night is an awesome price, especially with a/c!

  3. Rachelle Gordon says:

    Love this guide! I’m planning my birthday trip to SE Asia and have pinned this for research as the time gets closer!

  4. CarrieEMann says:

    Very helpful to see that cost breakdown. One question — were you staying in dorms or private rooms for those prices?

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      In dorm rooms :) They were honestly some of the best hostels I have ever stayed in, wasn’t expecting that from a country still fairly new to tourism

  5. Suzie Kelsey says:

    It actually seems like it was extremely cheap! I wonder where they got the idea that it’s more expensive than other countries ?

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      The only thing I found more expensive when compared to other SE Asian countries is accommodation, but in my experience they were much better quality

  6. Janice Estabillo says:

    This will be so helpful for my upcoming trip to Myanmar. I’m looking forward to watching sunrise in Bagan! Nice photos btw :)

  7. caroekg says:

    What a great guide! It looks like you did a lot and looks very affordable! Myanmar is on my list so I will definitely keep this guide handy

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      Yeah its an amazing country! You need to visit before it becomes the new Thailand and is overwhelmed by tourists

  8. Travel Textbook says:

    Myanmar is such an incredible country and it is very doable on a budget! This is a great post and full of really helpful information :)

    Lucy x

  9. Sandy Kul says:

    Thanks for writing this! I find that there aren’t that many good articles around with top tips for Myanmar. Besides those 3 stops are there any other places on the backpacker route that you’ve heard would be worth visiting in Myanmar? :)

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      No worries! I recommend visiting Lake Inle, unfortunately I did make it to there, but it is along the main backpacking route and very accessible. In all honesty I spent to long in places, could’ve fit Lake Inle in as well if I had planned a little smarter. I will be publishing a Myanmar itinerary as well so keep an eye out for that :)

  10. Nina Bosken says:

    Wow this is a great budget! This too is how I prefer to travel. I look for the less expensive hostels that include breakfast. Heck sometimes I even sneak a little sandwich or something from breakfast. If you think about it, you really can save when you travel. Overall, a spending less than $4 for almost 2 weeks is amazing!

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      Haha thats an amazing little trick! I guess you can easily wrap it up in a napkin and sneak it out! Will have to try that

  11. Suzannah Freeman says:

    Looking through the food you ate and I’m wondering are you vegetarian? I didn’t see any meat options in your break down. I love this – budgeting is key and I’m pleased with how easy it is to spend little and have fun at the same time!

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      Yeah I am vegetarian :) I found the majority of the street food in Myanmar was meat orientated which is why I ate at restaurants as they provide more options.

  12. hapa roving says:

    Such a great idea to write a practical and detailed breakdown of your trip! It just shows that you can still get good food on a budget (I love fried rice and noodles haha). Also you got me jealous with the pictures of hot air balloons!!!!

  13. Rosi C says:

    Never thought of visiting there. I like your breakdown of cost. Cool to find places with affordable food cost. Nice pics

  14. Anna says:

    I’m so desperate to visit Myanmar and it’s nice to know you can do it on a budget too! Looks like you still had a very full trip and managed to capture some incredible experiences ?

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      Oh its such an affordable country! It was amazing and I am sure you will love it when you visit one day

  15. Ana Rozanova says:

    Loved it! Thanks for such detailed breakdown and tips! And I loved the pictures with hot air baloons! Great view for free ;)

  16. Nerissa Templin says:

    Such a great breakdown, super helpful tips. It’s so great to know you can travel to great places really cheap.

  17. Melissa Douglas says:

    Super useful itinerary! I visited Yangon a while ago but sadly I was on a tight schedule so I didn’t get to explore wider Myanmar. Hope to go back again though – such a beautiful country!

  18. Dina says:

    I’m still on the fence on where to go for a month in winter, I need somewhere cheap and was thinking of Myanmar but then was debating between Costa Rica (so expensive though) and Sri Lanka, but seeing that Myanmar is actually not that expensive, I might actually plan my trip there! :D

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      Yeah its super affordable, just depending where you are flying from the flights may not be so cheap. With a month you could also explore the amazing beaches in Myanmar or even pop over to the neighboring Thailand. I have been to Costa Rica as well, though they all sound like awesome options and I would for sure have a tough time deciding

  19. Frugality On Fleek says:

    Wow.. What a very detailed itinerary with tips! ☺ i was born and raised in Southeast Asia (Philippines) but i never had a chance to visit Myanmar. I will read your blogpost again when I decided to travel Myanmar. Thank you again ?

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com says:

      Awesome! I am yet to visit the Philippines, but defianetly one day I will, it looks like such an amazing country! Thanks

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