Visa and entry requirements Myanmar:
Passport required
German citizens need a visa to enter Myanmar.
Tourists and business travelers also have the option of applying for a visa electronically (eVisa).
Visa cost: 109 USD

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to Myanmar:

Myanmar, formerly also known as Burma or Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia with around 55 million inhabitants. The country borders Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north and northeast, Laos to the east, Thailand to the southeast, and the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean to the south and southwest.

The official language of Myanmar is Burmese and the national currency is the Myanmar Kyat, where 1 euro is equivalent to around 1,500 MMK.

The country's largest cities include Rangoon (Yangon), Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Bago, Taunggyi, Myitkyna, Mawlamyaing, Monywa, Pathein and Lashio. Almost 90% of the population profess the Buddhist faith.

The capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw with around 1.3 million inhabitants. The capital, which was only designated in 2005, is the political center of the country and houses all of the country's government buildings.

By far the largest city in Myanmar and the former capital is Rangoon, also known as Yangon, with almost seven million inhabitants.

Myanmar's territory is largely mountainous, with the highest peak in the country, the 5,881 meter high Hkakabo Razi, also the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Almost half of the country's area is covered with forest.

Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country's economy is based primarily on small reserves of raw materials such as gold, rubies, jade, sapphires, petroleum, natural gas, copper or the unique painite, agriculture, drug cultivation and constantly increasing tourism.

Through the cultivation of poppy seeds and the associated opium production as well as the mass production of amphetamines, Myanmar is one of the most important drug producers in the world after Afghanistan. Myanmar is also an international trading center for illegal wildlife products, such as ivory, tiger skins and rhinoceros teeth.

Myanmar has been an increasingly popular tourist destination since the country opened a few years ago. The now almost five million foreign visitors enjoy the country's enormous range of attractions.

The most important sights in Myanmar include the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon - the largest and most valuable Buddhist building in the world, the Golden Rock at Kyaikto, the floating gardens in Inle Lake, the cultural center of Mandalay, the old capital Bagan with its almost 2,100 Temples, the Pagoda Forest in Indein Village, the 800 pagoda Kakku Pagodas of Taunggyi, the Golden Palace, Mahamuni Temple and Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, the murals in the Po Win Daung Caves, the Golden Triangle - where the countries of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong, the snow-white pagoda of Mingun, the small pagodas and the largest book in the world in Mandalay, the caves of Pindaya, the Shwesandaw Pagoda and the Htilominlo Pahto Temple in Bagan, the Sadan Cave in Hpa An, the countless Buddhas in the Thanboddhay Paya Temple of Monywa, the National Kandawgyi Park, the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan, the Gokteik Viaduct of Nawnghkio, the Monastery of Nyaungshwe as well as the synagogue, the Saint Mary Cathedral, the huge reclining Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, the U Thant House, the Swe Taw Myat Pagoda, the Botahtaung Pagoda, the Central Railway Station, the Baungdawgyoke Pagoda and the Secretariat - the old British government headquarters in Yangon.

In September 2014 I visited Myanmar for two days. I flew from Bangkok to Yangon with the low-cost airline Air Asia and stayed one night in a rather poor hotel in the city center.

At that time, when the country was just opening up to international tourism, the selection was limited to a maximum of ten hotels. The only two slightly better hotels in Rangoon were completely overpriced due to high demand.

After arriving at the hotel early in the morning, I went on a full-day city tour. I had already booked this excursion with my taxi driver during the drive to the hotel for just a super inexpensive 20 euros.

There was an incredible amount to see in Rangoon and the time passed incredibly quickly. The hunt from one highlight to the other ended with the onset of darkness and countless impressive experiences. The city is truly incredibly rich in cultural treasures. The clear highlight of the day was the huge and fascinating Shwedagon Pagoda.

I spent the evening in one of the many cheap restaurants or bars, in a pleasant atmosphere and very friendly local people.

Since my return flight left for Bangkok the next afternoon, my stay in beautiful Myanmar was unfortunately far too short. The up-and-coming Myanmar is a fantastic and inexpensive travel destination and I highly recommend it for a longer stay.

One day I'll come back, then definitely in a much better and newly built hotel and guaranteed with further visits to Bagan and Mandalay.