The flight time from the UK to Myanmar, also called Burma, is close to 12h, but this will vary with a number of different factors. One of the most important is the number of stopovers on the flight – even a single stopover can add hours to the flight, but may reduce costs. Those traveling from the UK to Myanmar will be able to depart from airports throughout the UK. London Heathrow is the largest and busiest, but has the most variety in terms of airlines and flight options. London Gatwick, Luton, and London Stanstead are also available. Myanmar itself offers numerous airports that you might choose to fly into, including Yangon International Airport, which is the nation’s largest and busiest. It is located just under 10 miles from Yangon in Mingaladon. Other popular airports include Mandalay International and Naypyidaw International.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Myanmar from the UK at the present time. All flights require at least one stopover. With that being said, there are numerous cities around the UK that offer flights to Myanmar, including London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and more. Note that a single stopover can increase travel time to 13h 25m or more. Two stopovers can increase flight times to 19h – 21h depending on the locations and the airline chosen. The most common stopover locations include Paris, China, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Thailand.
The best way to get around Myanmar for Westerners is to fly. There are multiple airports and domestic flights are affordable. Boating is another popular, affordable way to get where you want to go. If you are looking for simple, then taking a bus may be the right option, but these tend to be slower and more crowded. Trains are available but they are the slowest and most challenging option. Of course, taxis are also available, as are tuk-tuks for in-town travel.
Myanmar is steeped in culture and history, and you will find plenty to see and do during your visit. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a stunning sight, as are the Bagan Temples. Bike trekking through the jungle is an adventure, or you can visit Inle Lake or Ngapali Beach for a bit of relaxation. Other options include the Kakku Pagodas, Indein Village, and Ananda Temple.
Yes, you will need a passport to fly to Myanmar from the UK. Unlike many other global destinations, you will also need to purchase a visa before you leave the UK. This can be done at the Myanmar consulate or you can purchase an iVisa online. Note that your passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of entry into Myanmar.