If you search the internet for WiFi in Myanmar, the general consensus is that it’s unreliable and slow at best.
But like everything in Myanmar, things are changing every year.
So this is our tip on getting a reliable internet connection during your stay in Myanmar as the 3G networks are actually better then the average hotel WiFi.
There are a couple of private 3G providers in the country that offer prepaid rechargeable sim cards.
We went with Ooredoo , a Qatar based company that offers sim cards in all formats for 1500 kyat and doesn’t block internet sharing through mobile phone hotspots.
It also seems like the most widespread provider, allowing you to buy top ups in even the smallest road side shacks.
You can buy a sim card at most airports when you arrive or at the numerous shops with the red OOREDOO logo in the country.
Although they seem to require a valid ID or passport upon purchase we didn’t have to show anything when we bought our sim card.
The sim card comes with no balance so you’ll also have to buy a top up.
It’s best to go with 5000 kyat or more as you get a welcome bonus for the first top-up you make in the first 72 hours of activating the sim card.
Note: the prepackaged sim card comes in regular and micro sim push-through form, but you can ask if they can cut it into nano form if your phone requires it.
The top-up cards come in 1000 – 3000 – 5000 kyat and up, but there doesn’t seem to be a volume discount. It’s about 6 kyat per MB if you don’t buy an internet package ( check bonus internet below )
Handy numbers to know
- Topup through dailing *123#scratchedofcodeontheprepaidcards#
- *124# to check your balance
- *127# to get a loan when your balance is low, you repay it with interest on the next top-up
- How to get the bonus internet packages:
- dial *140# for options on extra internet packages that you can buy with your prepaid balance. It essentially doubles your internet.
I’ve performed some speedtests to give you an idea what you can expect on average ( 3G )
Overall we were glad to see that the 3G was usable, which helped us with traveling through the country and booking our accommodations.
If you found a better offer during your stay feel free to leave a comment!