Our First Myanmar Domestic Flight – Yangon to Bagan
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Our First Myanmar Domestic Flight – Yangon to Bagan

Myanmar Domestic Flight – Yangon to Bagan

Tour Mandalay handled all of our travel arrangements which also included domestic flights (total of 3 flights).  After our first night in Yangon it was time to move on to Bagan.  Our first domestic flight in Myanmar (with carrier Asian Wings Airways) went very well (smooth and without issue).  Our plane was a ATR 72-500 (twin-engine turboprop, short-haul, regional airliner) and holds around 70 people.

We arrived at Heho Airport around 8:00 am.  After getting our bags we found our Bagan tour guide and driver (waiting just outside the airport).  We got our bags and then was greeted by our tour guide and driver.

Note About Myanmar Domestic Flights:

  • One of the first things we had to get use when arriving or departing at Myanmar’s domestic airports – having strangers come up and grab (or try to) the bags out of your hands.  What happens is you have several individuals (mostly men) who hang around the outside of the airport who are trying to make money by carrying (or pulling) your luggage into the terminal (or to the outside of the terminal).  When done they are looking for a tip.  When you first arrive (or depart) and thrown in the middle of a chaotic airport (people moving around in all directions) these guys swoop in to “somewhat” take advantage of you.  At the same time we found that they meant well and (sometimes) it was beneficial to have their help.
  • Myanmar Airport operations are very efficient.
    • Everything is still done with human power, such as unloading your bags onto a large cart that is drawn with several men into the airport.
    • Everyone waits for their plane in one large open room.  This room may have 3 to 5 gates.  When your plane is ready to board they will call your flight number along with walking around with a handheld board.
  • Security is very lenient – they do somewhat scan your bags but you do not have to take anything out (such as laptops, etc.).

 

Gallery – Yangon Airport

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Gallery – Bagan Airport

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Mythical Dean

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