Traveling in Burma Just Got Easier
A new online booking service makes it a snap to navigate the country's lesser-known destinations.
Published on Oct 20, 2015
Getting to Burma is a breeze, but planning travel within the country can still be a headache. Earlier this year it was a challenge to reserve flights on Burma's domestic carriers unless you were actually in Burma, but the launch of FlyMya in June 2015 ushered in a new era. The online booking service offers ticketing for six local airlines for flights to a total of 27 cities.
FlyMya's founder Mike Than Tun Win. Philip Friedman.
"There's been a tourism boom in Myanmar," says founder Mike Than Tun Win, "and I realized it was tough for foreign visitors and locals alike to book their domestic flights." Win, who returned home to Burma in 2011 after spending most of his life in Singapore, says his vision is to haul even more of the country's travel logistics onto a digital platform. "Lots of customers who book their flights with us also ask for tour recommendations," says Win. "Many local tour agents are offline and we want to work together with them to offer tours to travelers." Starting this month you can book hotel rooms and rental cars or drivers with FlyMya. Even multiple-destination tours like the Escape to Myanmar package, bouncing through Rangoon, Lake Inle and Bagan, can be booked from start to finish on the website, so you can have your whole trip sorted out before you touch ground.