Trans­port Links

Myanmar Business Travel Guide - - BUSINESS TRAVEL -

ONE AREA STILL in need of de­vel­op­ment de­spite the progress made so far is across Myan­mar’s trans­port sec­tor. While de­vel­op­ments are tak­ing place – roads are smoother and ac­cess re­stric­tions have slack­ened – there are still a lot of chal­lenges to over­come both in get­ting to the coun­try, and then in trav­el­ling around it.

Ini­tially, an ad­vanced visa is re­quired to cross its bor­ders for a du­ra­tion no longer than 28 days and the jour­ney is al­most cer­tain to in­clude a trans­fer point some­where nearer to the cross­ing. Bangkok, Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Doha of­fer such a ser­vice at the back end, while most ma­jor in­ter­na­tional air­ports now serve as a de­par­ture hub when em­bark­ing.

It’s the in­ter­nal lo­gis­tics of the na­tion that prove more dif­fi­cult how­ever, so it’s ad­vised that you ar­range your travel plans and over­all itin­er­ary well in ad­vance of ar­rival.

In the­ory, rail would be the most im­pres­sive and ap­peal­ing mode of trans­port across the di­verse ter­rain, but its ar­chaic – and to be hon­est, cor­rod­ing – net­work and trains force your hand in de­cid­ing be­tween ei­ther com­fort or views.

Slightly ahead of the rail evo­lu­tion is the road net­work, which is fur­ther down the line in meet­ing re­quired stan­dards. Again, cherry pick­ing is es­sen­tial in re­gards to route as well as the bus/car of choice, but road travel is po­ten­tially a more re­ward­ing op­tion than the rick­ety rails.

A curve­ball op­tion could also be the large river ferry net­work. While per­haps more geared up for the back­packer tourist rather than the board­room ex­ec­u­tive, if you’re lucky enough to have a busi­ness meet­ing the other side of a re­puted river ferry route, then you’d be silly not to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity.

A train sta­tion in Kalaw, Myan­mar lo­cated be­tween Man­dalay and Naypy­itaw

Al­ter­na­tive air travel over the Ba­gan tem­ples

Yangon In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Im­pres­sive mu­ral at Yangon In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Man­dalay rail­way sta­tion

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