1. There are no roads and getting around with transport isn’t easy/safe
Okay, so I can’t speak for all the roads across the country but the roads leading to the regular tourist route do exist and you’ll be happy to know are in perfect working order! It may be a little bumpy in parts, but this is pretty much standard across South East Asia. In my personal opinion, they were worse in Cambodia. If anyone has travelled on the night bus between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, you’ll know what I mean.
Depending on how you like to get around, there are plenty of options for transport. Buses are the easiest, cheapest and believe it or not safest way to get around Myanmar. Your hotel can book you a reputable company if you’re taking the night bus across the tourist triangle. I found that the bus services here were amazing. They provided a neck pillow, blanket, reclining seats, snacks, drinks and regular breaks! It was so much better than the other night buses that I had taken in other Asian countries so you’re in safe hands if you do choose this route.
Trains in Myanmar are a little bit of a different story. They are notoriously slow, bumpy and dangerous (to the point you have to take out life insurance to ride!). One traveller told me he was airborne at one point on his 20 hour journey to Yangon. Crazy! Despite all of this, Myanmar’s famous train journey routes are some of the best and most beautiful in the world – so make sure you at least try it out!
Another fun way to get around is to use the local Tuk Tuks. If you don’t know what one of these looks like in Myanmar it’s a Toyota truck which has been converted to hold benches as seats. There’s a driver and a guy who looks out for people wishing to take a ride. You tell him where you want to go, hop on and pay him your Kyats. It’s much more fun and cheaper than the taxi!