If you think Yangon International Airport is really backward, then you are wrong. I was quite surprised to learn that Yangon International Airport is new and well maintained. When I arrived, there is the jet bridge to bring the passengers to the airport terminal which is a good thing as we don’t have to walk down the stairs from the plane. I didn’t expect there is a jet bridge at all.
The airport also called Mingaladon Airport as it is located in Mingaladon which is 15 km away north of Yangon city. There are two terminals in Yangon International Airport that is are a five-minute walk apart.
The airport is very large and spacious with clean carpeted floor. The airport facilities are pretty good. The line for Customs immigration at arrival move pretty fast and staff are efficient and friendly. They speak good English too.
Signboard in English
After you have exited the customs immigration, there is signboard showing in English where to take the taxi. We proceed to catch a taxi since we do not pre-book online from Klook.
Don’t get too shocked with Men in skirts
One interesting scene when you first step out from the airport is to see most men and women wearing “sarong” or “longyi” – a long cloth wrap around your waist.
Transfer to Yangon City
There are many drivers ( not an official taxi driver) standing outside the airport looking for customers. A Burmese guy came to us and offer to drive us to our hotel in the city. We agreed at the price he asked for. Usually, cost USD 8.00- 15.00 to go to Yangon city area.
The Burmese driver offers great service as he also helped to push my luggage to his car.
Private Car Service, Not Taxi
It is a private car as you can see. He also offers us some bottled drinks. The Burmese driver is a friendly guy who speaks fluent English. He showed us his business card and ask if we have plans for the next few days in Yangon. He owns a travel company and offers private tour services to bring tourists around. We didn’t use his service for the next few days in Yangon and Bago because we have already done our online booking with Klook.
No far from the airport, we see people selling snacks and flowers when cars stopped at the traffic lights.
It is just about half an hour drive without traffic from Yangon city to the International Airport. To be safe, better add in more allowance time in case of traffic jam. An hour is more than enough. Departure hall of Yangon International is really pleasant. The lounges are clean and spacious. The line at the check-in counter moves very fast and staffs work efficiently.
Big screen promoting places to visit in Myanmar at the departure hall.
There is a small model of Yangon International Airport located in the departure hall for visitors to look at how big the airport structure is.
Once you have checked in, you can do some shopping inside the airport. But do not expect high-end luxury brand such as Gucci or Chanel is opened here.
Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique
Galleria Duty-Free Shop
Self Serve Restaurant
If shopping is not your thing, then you can eat and rest while waiting for your flight. KFC, Burger King, and Thai Express are available. Food selling at these restaurants is slightly cheaper than Singapore price. I bought some KFC and the chicken tasted different and quite yummy.
There are few shops selling local souvenirs and handicraft but to be frank, Myanmar snacks are not attractive to buy back. The packaging does not look appealing and attractive.
Final thoughts :
Yangon International Airport looks better than what I have expected for this country. It is clean, the floor is well carpeted and spacious. Staff at the airport are friendly and speak good English. Overall a pleasant experience.