Overland Myanmar Travel

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Visiting Myanmar[edit]

For a long time it was impossible to drive into or across Myanmar (also called Burma) with a foreign vehicle. As of 2013, that seems to be changing

Entering Myanmar with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: Feb 2013

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Myanmar, application instructions and fees see: Myanmar Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)

Process at border[edit]

The most famous agency for the crossing Myanmar with own vehicles and bikes is Asia Senses Travel http://www.asiasenses.com/ (or Burma Senses as their division http://www.burmasenses.com/). They also offer the crossing packages to drive in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and southern China.

Here is a detailed blog post from a crossing in April 2015: http://rightbeyondthehorizon.com/autoreise-myanmar/

A couple drove across from India to Thailand in early 2014 - their blog has lots of details http://epicycles.com/Truck%20Blog/2014-02-21/2014-02-21.php

Information about the first group of Overlanders to cross Myanmar from India to Thailand in Feb 2013 can be found here: (in German - use Google Translate) http://www.steffenkunze.de/.

A trip report from people in that crossing can be found here: (also in German) Welcome to Bhutan

They have said "Our trip trough Myanmar was organized by BrightView travel from Tin (tin.apex@gmail.com). He did all the paperwork and guided us trough Myanmar in 9 days and that was to short, if you go with more than 1 vehicle I suggest at least 2 weeks."

A discussion thread at Expedition Portal has details also Myanmar

Please update the information here if you know anything further.

Cost of entry[edit]

The following was posted to a discussion on expedition portal, and it gives a great idea on costs:
Myanmar Itinerary 2015
We are planning to cross into Myanmar from Thailand in April or May 2015.
I have a proposal for an itinerary for a 14 day tour and also some costs.
Anyone interested to join our group? At the moment we have one 4x4 truck and one motorbike.

  • Day. 1 - ( Thailand ) Maesot - Myawaddy ( Myanmar ) - Hpaan. 160Km. ( Thanlwin Hotel )
  • Day. 2 - Hpaan - Golden rock. 120Km. ( Sae sar )
  • Day. 3 - Hpaan - Taungoo. 280Km. ( Mother's House )
  • Day. 4 - Taungoo - Kalaw. 356Km. ( Pine Breeze )
  • Day. 5 - Kalaw - Pindaya cave - Inle. 100Km.( Aungmingalar )
  • Day. 6 - Boat Excursion on Inle lake. ( Aungmingalar )
  • Day. 7 - Inle - Bagan. 320Km. ( New wave )
  • Day. 8 - Visit Bagan temple. ( New wave )
  • Day. 9 - Bagan - Amarapura - Mandalay. 256Km. ( Mann Myanmar )
  • Day.10 - Mandalay city tour. ( Mann Myanmar )
  • Day.11 - Manday - Sagai - Monywa. 160Km. ( Monywa Hotel )
  • Day.12 - Monywa - Kalay. 200Km. ( Shin hone )
  • Day.13 - Kalay - Tamu. 125Km. ( Shwe Oakar )
  • Day.14 - Tamu ( Myanmar ) - Moreh ( India )

Tour cost - $7,980.00 USD
MTRD charges - Vehicle - $200.00 USD ( for One Vehicle )
Bike - $300.00 USD ( for 3 Bike )

Total $8,480.00 USD

Including in tour cost - Special Permission fees / Entrance fees / Hotel ( 3 Twin Room ) / Lassen officer fees / All kind of Tax / Insurance / Escort Vehicle And English speaking guide.
Exclude - Your Fuel / Meals and Personal Expense.

Permitted length of stay[edit]

It sounds like the visa for people is for 10 days.

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Myanmar[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Myanmar[edit]

Lonely Planet Myanmar (burma) (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Myanmar (burma) (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
From $14.49 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon
Footprint Myanmar (burma) (footprint Myanmar Handbook)
Footprint Myanmar (burma) (footprint Myanmar Handbook)
by Joshua Eliot
From $86.37 on Amazon

Travel insurance for Myanmar[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

State the side of the road to drive on. i.e. Left or Right.
(also state if a vehicle with a steering wheel on the opposite side can be legally driven)

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)


General Road quality[edit]

Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.

Bribery in Myanmar[edit]

Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.


describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Myanmar and Diesel price in Myanmar[edit]

Last updated: (last updated date)

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)
Diesel $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Myanmar[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Myanmar

by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $8.53 on Amazon
Myanmar (burma) (national Geographic Adventure Map)
Myanmar (burma) (national Geographic Adventure Map)
by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
From $11.79 on Amazon
Myanmar Travel Map Fourth Edition (periplus Travel Maps)
Myanmar Travel Map Fourth Edition (periplus Travel Maps)
From $5.06 on Amazon
Fodor's Thailand: With Myanmar (burma), Cambodia & Lao...
Fodor's Thailand: With Myanmar (burma), Cambodia & Lao...
by Fodor's Travel Guides
From $11.07 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Myanmar[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Myanmar[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Myanmar[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

Helpful External links[edit]

Add any helpful external links here.