Myanmar on the Move: Tour FAQs
When should we plan to arrive in Yangon?
The suggested arrival time is the evening of Nov. 7, and no later than noon Nov. 8.
What will the orientation include?
Our trip organizer will take us through the trip itinerary and a quick primer on Myanmar culture, including additional do's and don'ts. Cavelle Dove, MEDA’s field project manager in Myanmar, will provide an overview of the Improving Market Opportunities for Women project, and offer more details on the project visits included in the itinerary.
Will we have access to WiFi?
Yes, most hotels where we are staying at will have wi-fi; however, internet speeds may not be what you are used to at home.
What are the hotels like?
We are staying in mid-sized hotels with full amenities, including air conditioning.
Where in Myanmar is there fighting happening now?
While there is fighting in the northern and northeast areas on the border regions with China and Laos, this is far from the areas we will be visiting.
What are the ways that trip participants can prepare for visiting the country from a cultural education perspective?
See Myanmar’s Do's and Don'ts for Tourists pamphlet posted elsewhere on our website.
What types of roads should cyclists expect?
Expect a variety – concrete, asphalt, and dirt country roads. The latter can be dusty, so either bring disposable face masks from home, or fabric masks may be provided.
What temperatures can we expect in early November when we are there? Will it be humid?
Southern Myanmar experiences about 60 per cent humidity. Temperatures in Kayin State (bike tour) can hover around 32C/90F in the daytime, but after the sun goes down about 6pm, expect it to go down to 18C/65F. Shan State (bus tour) will be about the same, except for in the Kalaw area. The elephant camp will be cooler as it is at a higher altitude – 900-1100m/3,300’ above sea level.
What kind of bus will be used for the bus tour? Will it be air conditioned?
The bus tour will have a 45-seat bus with air conditioning.
What kind of bus will the “sag” vehicle be? How does it work? What if you want to pack it in for the day?
Again, it will be a coach with AC, which will follow or travel a bit in advance of the cyclists. The coach will stay with cyclists. Both buses will be equipped with a microphone for the tour guide.
Will bike helmets and toe clips be provided on the cycling tour?
Yes, bike helmets will be provided. (We are checking to see if toe clips will be provided.)
Will there be local guides on the bus and bike trip?
There will be dedicated English-speaking tour guides on both the bus and bike tours. Our tour organizer will meet up with the groups at particular destinations throughout the trip.
How big are the plots of land that are being farmed on average?
In Shan State, a little more than 60% of households surveyed in our target villages farm on less than three acres, and about 20% farm on 3-6 acres. In Kayin State, there is a wide range, and it depends on the township and its proximity to conflict-affected areas. It can go up to 50 acres, although 10 acres is more the norm. However, due to migration issues and labor shortages, active farming on less than the total acreage is quite common.
What percentage of the farming is rice and what percentage is market vegetables?
In Kayin State, our focus is on rice across all villages, and in Shan, it is market vegetables with a priority on garlic. Our budget is fairly evenly split between the two states, though we are serving more women in Shan right now (more villages and therefore more women), largely because Shan is more developed and we have one more partner organization in Shan compared to Kayin. We expect this to ultimately be fairly equal.