Other Relevant Information
Hill top view at sunset
Visa: Entry into
For the latest news on visa
applications and extensions, please contact Daw Amy at email@example.com. Contact
information for the Myanmar Embassy in
Embassy of the
Tel: (65) 67350209 • Fax: (65) 67356236
Open: , Monday – Friday
Those wishing to stay longer than 3 months
must apply for a "Foreigner Registration Certificate" (FRC).
Extension of stay beyond the initial visa period may be applied for with an
existing meditation visa; extension of up to 12 months may be granted (although
the extension actually granted may be shorter than that). It is to be noted
that the regulations pertaining to visa do change from time to time, and the
fee and the period granted for visa extension may vary consequently. If your stay
Customs: All foreign currencies, jewellery, electrical goods and photographic equipment must be declared.
Money: The local currency kyat (pronounced "ja"
as in Jack) is pegged to the
Credit cards are rarely accepted in
There is a telephone located at the Lower Monastery. Incoming telephone service is intermittent and of low quality. Outgoing international telephone service is available only outside the Monastery. However, please note that calling international from Myanmar is very expensive.
All letters/mail should be registered to ensure safe arrival.
Myanmar enjoys a tropical climate with three seasons: a hot season (March - May), a rainy season (June-October), a cold season (November-February). Temperatures at Pa-Auk range from 15 -40 Centigrade.
Certain diseases, including microbial and viral infections such as diarrhoea, hepatitis and typhoid, and vector borne ones such as malaria, dengue fever and typhus, among others, are prevalent in this region. Yogi may wish to consult his doctor for advice, take the relevant precaution and medications before traveling to Myanmar. It is important for yogi to maintain high standard of personal hygiene and good physical health, and bring a supply of suitable supplements, vitamins and medication.
For minor ailments. a local doctor trained
in Western medicine visits once a week; another trained in traditional Burmese
medicine visits once a fortnight. More serious ailments are referred to clinics
or hospital(s) at Mawlamyine or
Two vegetarian meals are provided daily: one at dawn, the other at 10.15. Meals, as well as requisites, are often offered as dàna by supporters and residents. Should a yogi wish to offer dàna for meal or other requisites, please arrange directly with the Lower Monastery Office.
General basic daily essentials may be available at shops outside the Monastery, or at Mawlamyine. Imported goods generally come from China, India and Thailand. More sophisticated goods may be available in Yangon, but the range is likely to be limited.
The services of government offices, commercial shops, banks, and public transportation are sometimes affected by major holidays/festivals. Yogi may wish to avoid traveling on such days. For a list of major holidays/ festivals, please refer to Major Holidays.