Travel to Myanmar

There are lots of reasons to explore the beautiful country of Myanmar, but perhaps the best one is to help others. ACM now offers internships as well as services to facilitate humanitarian and missions work for individuals and groups traveling in Myanmar. We also have included a suggested 10-day missions trip itinerary, a FAQ and some useful links for travelers to help you get started. If you have further questions or would like to discuss plans and possibilities, contact us.

Our latest intern, Suyeon, is spending a lot of time with orphans.

Our latest intern, Suyeon, is spending a lot of time with orphans.

ACM Internships in Myanmar

As Myanmar opens to foreigners, Asian Children’s Mission can begin to offer internships to college students and young adults who are interested in serving children. Interns will be expected to pay their own way, and cover their own costs in the country. Many universities, as well as churches, help cover some of the expenses for interns.

We are in particular need of journalism students who will document the work of Asian Children’s Mission. We also welcome young adults with an interest in early childhood development, small scale sustainable agriculture, herbal medicines and teaching English as a second language.

If you are interested in an internship, please contact us today!

10-Day Sample Sightseeing and Ministry Tour of Southern Myanmar

Day One
Arrive and settle into your hotel in Yangon.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Day Two
Visit Bogyoke Aung San Market, exchange money and purchase material for longyi(s). Look at the wonderful array of gems, fabrics, lacquerware, art and much more. After lunch in the market, go to a tailor for your new clothes. You may also wish to take a walking tour of downtown Yangon, seeing sites ranging from spectacular pagodas to buildings built during the British era to lovely gardens. Relax after a day of sightseeing with a massage. After dinner, tour the Shwedagon Pagoda.

The kids at Hope Children's Home

The kids at Hope Children’s Home

Day Three
Visit Hope Children’s Home in Hwambi for a day-long VBS (or other ministry). Visit the campus of Eastern Bible Institute, adjacent to Hope. After supper, stop at the WWII cemetery on the way back to Yangon.

Karaweik Royal Barge restaurant in Yangon.

Karaweik Royal Barge restaurant in Yangon.

Day Four
Get your new clothes from your tailor! Enjoy wearing traditional Myanmar clothing. Visit the National Myanmar Gems Museum. Visit the Tamwe Christian Center and Mingalabar Studios to meet more of the Christian leadership of Myanmar. Evening: Enjoy supper and a show of traditional dance on the Royal Barge.

Day Five
The adventures continues! Take an early morning bus to Ngwe Saung Beach – about a six hour drive from Yangon. After arrival, settle in to your new accommodations and enjoy an evening at the beach.

Day Six
Enjoy the beach! Activities can include fishing, snorkeling and canoeing. Meet to discuss plans for the sports camp (or other ministry) you will lead in a village school.

Day Seven
Another early morning. Your guide will charter a boat and you will enjoy traveling in Burma’s delta to a remote school. Relax in the evening and explore the sights and sounds of a small fishing and farming village.

Ngwe Saung Beach

Ngwe Saung Beach

Day Eight
Conduct your planned sports camp (or other ministry). Enjoy the children as they learn from you!

Day Nine
Return to Yangon.

Day Ten
Morning shopping. Leave in the afternoon.

 

Myanmar Travel FAQ

Is there a travel guide book I should buy?
One of the best is the Lonely Planet travel guide on Myanmar. This will help you a lot in estimating costs and making you aware of activities and events you do not want to miss!

Is it safe to travel in Myanmar?
Yes. There are some places that are off-limits to tourists, but there is every reason to feel safe in Myanmar.

What are the hotels like?
There are wonderful five star hotels in downtown Yangon — with a price tag to match. However, it is possible to get a comfortable room with a private bath for as little as $40 a night.

I have heard that the electrical grid is ancient, and that there are frequent power failures.
That is true. However, hotels, shops and restaurants typically own their own generators.

What about money?
For now, bring cash — crisp, new, uncirculated hundred-dollar bills get the best exchange rate. There are a few places where you can use a credit card — but not many and they charge high fees. A few weeks before you leave, ask your bank for “new” money to take with you.

Are the toilets Asian or Western?
In the hotels that cater to Western guests, the toilets are western. However, in the villages most toilets are Asian (also known as squat toilets).

Will I like the food?
Expect to eat a lot of rice. The vegetables are fresh and delicious. Most meat is either chicken or pork. A lot of fish dishes are served as well. There is a wonderful array of spices that add color and flavor to even the most simple meal. Read more on Wikipedia and CNN.

What is a realistic budget?
Including airfare and leaving money to help local missions, plan on $3500 – $3800 per person for a 10-day trip.

The sample trip just included Yangon and areas within a day’s drive of Yangon. Is there more to see in Myanmar?
Yes! There is much more to see in Myanmar! There are trekking tours in the far north of the country and many interesting places to see and visit throughout. Ministry to children can be arranged in many parts of the country.

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