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How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Myanmar?

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
Visa70000 $50.00
Taxi Airport To Hostel8000 $6.00
Sim Card With Data11500 $8.50
Ferry To Dala3000 $2.20
Tuk Tuk Tour In Dala2000 $2.00
Power Adapter4000 $2.90
Bracelet1000 $0.70
Circle Train200 $0.15
Lock2000 $1.50
Bus To Bagan18500 $13.50
Taxi Into Bagan3000 $2.20
Bagan Entry Fee25000 $20.00
Pants5000 $3.70
EBike Hire Day 17000 $5.00
EBike Hire day 28000 $6.00
Bus To Mandalay9000 $7.00
Day Tour Mandalay9000 $6.50
Ferry To Ava/Inwa1200 $0.90
Taxi To Mandalay Airport4000 $2.90
Accommodation187000 $136.00
Food87250 $64.30
Total Costs465650 $341.95
Costs per day35819 $26.30

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Myanmar Budget vs Myanmar Costs

BudgetedActualDifference
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
  • Negotiate with taxi drivers
  • 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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48 Comments

  1. Travelworkandplay August 6, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

    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 August 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      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!

  2. Rachelle Gordon August 6, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

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

  3. CarrieEMann August 6, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

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

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com August 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      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

  4. Carolina August 6, 2017 at 4:52 am - Reply

    Love to read this helpful detailed lists. Thank you for taking the time to share this. Will be verry useful!

  5. Suzie Kelsey August 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    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 August 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      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 August 5, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    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 August 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    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

  8. Travel Textbook August 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    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 August 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    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 August 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      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. Monique Wise August 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I do cost breakdowns as well and never thought to summarize it like this. Great idea!

  11. Nina Bosken August 4, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    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!

  12. Suzannah Freeman August 4, 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

    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 August 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      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.

  13. hapa roving August 4, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

    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!!!!

  14. Rosi C August 4, 2017 at 1:19 am - Reply

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

  15. Anna (WouldBeTraveller) August 4, 2017 at 12:51 am - Reply

    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 ?

  16. Ana Rozanova August 3, 2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

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

  17. Nerissa Templin August 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

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

  18. Justine | TheIridescentWings August 3, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Great tips and I love the breakdown! You took some lovely pictures 🙂

  19. jnemire August 3, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Nice very detailed post! Nice work! Love your pictures too!

  20. Melissa Douglas August 3, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    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!

  21. Dina July 31, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    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! 😀

    • Tash backpackerswanderlust.com August 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      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

  22. Cath Nesus July 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Love how detailed this is! Really informative and a good guide for a trip to Myanmar.

  23. Frugality On Fleek July 30, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    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 ?

  24. Reena July 30, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Myanmar is on my bucket list. This is really useful information for when I plan my trip! Thanks for the post!

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