Should I get a Non-B Visa in Yangon?
I would strongly recommend it. In my opinion, the process is straightforward and relatively painless. And those of us who have been living in Thailand, most likely know that this is not always the case. Bear in mind, however, that the rules and regulations change constantly depending on the Thai government and its current trends. Therefore, check the up-to-date requirements before making any decisions where you will be applying at. Before paying for your tickets, check out the Visa requirement for Myanmar. Don’t do the same mistake that I did, and leave everything to the last minute. You can read more about it here .
Food in Yangon is cheap and delicious. Accommodation is a bit more pricey than in many other Asian cities because the whole country has just recently started opening up to tourism. However, there are inexpensive options available. Just remember to book it well in advance during the high season (December-February, I would say). Bear in mind that you need to get a visa for Myanmar as well which will set you back further 25-50 USD depending on where you get it from.
How to find the Thai Embassy?
Most of the time if I’m in a new place I prefer walking if the distance is not too great. You grasp the city better and can find interesting things by chance. Hence, take a stroll along Pyay Rd. It takes about 30-40 minutes if you are coming from the city. You walk this street all the way until you have Manaw Hari Street. Turn left. Embassy is just 100 metres away, on your left. However, this might not be a suitable tactic if you hate taking extra steps or sweating in general. In that case, take a taxi. It’s not expensive anyway. Just remember to negotiate the price beforehand. Might be worth asking the locals or the hotel staff beforehand what the correct rate would be.
Once at the Embassy
I arrived at the Thai Embassy 9am and outside there was a short queue which seemed to consist of locals mainly. They opened the doors 9am sharp and the service inside was quite fast. They don’t have applications on display so better to have one with you unless you want to wait to get one and then wait again after you have filled it out. The link to the Embassy’s webpage is here and you will find the list of the required documents there also. Don’t worry even if they talk about business visa on the internet page. I emailed the staff and they said you can apply with this “business visa” if you plan to teach in Thailand. Anyway, after you have handed in your documents and paid for the visa, they give you a receipt and inform the collection date and time. If you have done everything by the book, it is only a short while before you have your new Non-B Visa in your hands.
A check-list for getting a Non-B Visa in Yangon
- check the national holidays for both, Thailand and Myanmar, to avoid unfortunate extra days spent waiting
- make sure you have all the required documents and photos before visiting the Embassy
- you also need crisp USD bills to pay for your visa
- dress appropriately, ie. not too much skin showing and at least have clean clothes on
- show up from 9-11am if you need to leave the application
- the collection time is the next day 1.30-3pm
Once you have left your passport in secure hands, you might want to grab a bite or get straight down to the business; sightseeing that is. There are a few cafes and local restaurants in the neighborhood. I would suggest My Garden restaurant on Ahlone Rd, about 5 minutes from the Embassy. Tealeaf salad was tasty and inexpensive. From there it’s easy to visit People’s Square Park or Shwedagon Pagoda. On the other hand, if you decide to walk back towards the city you will find the National Museum on your way. You can take a look at my suggestions what to do in Yangon from here.
People’s Square Park and about
The park is okay but I don’t like the fact that they are charging tourists when the park actually doesn’t have anything special to see. I think that they might be selling these only at the Ahlone Street entrance. You can easily dodge the ticket booth if you don’t take the main walk way. If you want to escape the hectic city this is a calming oasis, though. They have a small amusement park in the back and plenty of restaurants and kiosks around.
What I would suggest, though, is this enchanting bamboo walkway just before you get into the park. It’s right behind My Garden restaurant and doesn’t cost anything. Just beautiful, don’t you agree?!
Ok, now you should know how to get a Non-B Visa in Yangon. Or any other visa pretty much as long as you have the correct documents. Hopefully you found this post was useful. Let me know if there are changes in the regulations and this post would require editing.