Myanmar Internal Medicine Society
18th Myanmar Internal Medicine Conference (MIMC) 2017
[In conjunction with 4th AFIM Congress and
4th ACP South East Asian Chapter Meeting]

Local Information


Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Myanmar is the second largest country (about the size of France) in Southeast Asian and has a population of 52 millions. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
Other important Buddhist sites include the ancient city of Bagan, studded with more than 2,000 temples and pagodas, and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, perched atop a rock at the edge of a steep hillside. Cruises along Burma’s Irrawaddy River take in historic landmarks, such as the 19th-century Mandalay Palace, and rural scenery. Visitors in motorboats and fishermen propelling skiffs cross Inle Lake, which is lined with villages on stilts and colorful markets. Along Burma's Bay of Bengal coast, Ngapali is a palm-lined, upscale beach resort area.


Currency The Myanmar Kyat, indicated as MMK is the currency of Myanmar. Notes are in denominations of Kyats 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be able to find money changers.

Credit Card Credit Cards are only accepted at major hotels, airlines and some international shops and restaurants. Usually a fee is charged for credit card transactions. You are recommended to bring adequate cash.

About Yangon


King Alaungpaya founded Yangon in AD 1755 from Mon. He renamed Yangon from Dagon (it means ends of Strife). Dagon was a small fishing village centered about Shwedagon Pagoda and was built by King Okkalapa. King Alaungpaya extended his empire like Thanlyin to Yangon to prevent from Filipe de Brito e Nicote (a) Nga Zinga, Portuguese adventurer and mercenary.

In colonies period, Yangon had transformed into the commercial and political hub of British Burma. Yangon was chosen as capital of Myanmar (Burma). The British renamed Rangoon from Yangon. Yangon has the largest number of colonial buildings, architecture, offices, churches, mosques, and temples.

At the time of colonies period, there is less people of Myanmar (Burma). There are a lot of Indian, Chinese, and some are the British people in Yangon. After independence in 1948, although the British brought back Indian, there are still left Indian in Yangon. After 1966, Myanmar government holds closed policy and many Indian and Chinese went back their origin countries. Nowadays, Yangon has lots of Myanmar (Burma) in Yangon.

Sightseeing in Yangon

The central of the town is Sule Pagoda; the roads are face to pagoda. Myanmar is independent religious country, Immanuel Baptist Church and Jama Aasjid Mosque are allowed to construct near around Sule Pagoda. Among those, there are city hall, Mahabandola Garden, the Supreme Court and other colonial buildings.

Along the Strand Road, the visitors can start from Botahtaung Pagoda. The Strand Hotel (five star hotels) was built by the British and it is over 100 years long. The visitors can feel the taste of colonial by drinking coffee or tea. The other side of the Strand Hotel is Nan Thi Tar port. The view from the Strand Hotel is very attractive. The other side of Yangon River is Dala and the visitors can take ferry and the view from Dala is the whole panoramic of Yangon. It is the amazing view. Kheng Hock Chinese Temple is also on Strand Road.

Along the Merchant Road, Anawrahta Road, Mahabandola Road, the visitors can see the colonial buildings and architecture, many crowded food shops, clinics, medical stores, electronic shops camera shops, glass shops, china town and other religious buildings

Along the Bogyoke Road, can view St.Mary’s Catholic, was built in 1899, Yangon Train Station, the cinemas, Bogyoke Market, Yangon General Hospital built by the British.

There are a lot of golden pagodas like Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Chauk Htatgyi Pagoda and other attractions like museum, parks, lake, Yangon Zoological Garden, Golf Clubs and many other interesting places.

Main Attractions in Yangon

1) Shwedagon Pagoda

2) Sule Pagoda & Downtown Yangon

3) Chauk Htatgyi Pagoda

4) Thirimingalar Kaba Aye Pagoda

5) Maha Pasana Gula

6) National Museum

7) Souvenir and Gift Shops & Painting Glory

8) Jewelry Shops

9) Bogyoke Market

10) China Town

Visa Information

Most nationalities require a visa to visit Myanmar. Passport holders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam do not require a visa to enter Myanmar for visit up to 14 days. The  current  regulations for  entering  Myanmar are  as following:


1.  Individual  visa   

This  visa  is  issued  by  a  Myanmar  Embassy  or  Consulate.  An invitation  letter  is  not  mandatory,  and  it usually  takes  3-5  working  days  to  issue  this  visa.  Visas issued  at  Myanmar  Embassies  are  $20.


2.  Package  Tour  visa

This  visa  is  issued  by  a  Myanmar  Embassy  or  Consulate.    It  usually  takes  3-5  days  to  issue  the  visa.


3.  E-Visa

Myanmar’s e-visa  online  system  is  now  available.   

- Arrival allowed  at  Yangon,  Mandalay  and  Nay  Pyi  Taw  international  airports

- Cost:  USD  $50  non-refundable paid  during  application  submission.   Visa and  MasterCard accepted

- Valid  for  28  days in  country, single-entry.  Travelers  must  arrive  in  Myanmar  within  90  days  of issue  date.

- Approval letter  will  be  sent  within  five  working  days.    This letter  needs to  be  printed  to  allow boarding  of  your  international flight.   Upon  arrival, please  go  straight  to  the  immigration counter.   No  passport  photo  needed.

- Children under  age  of  7  holding  their own passports  are  required  to  apply  eVisa separately  and pay  USD  50  for the  eVisa. If  your  child  is  under  7  and  is  listed  in parent/guardian  passport  and accompanying  the  trip, please  fill up  the  minor information  included in  eVisa application  form.

- Applications can  be  submitted  at   


Please  contact  your travel consultant for  additional information.    

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