Burma/Myanmar Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Burma/Myanmar Car Rental
When I visited Burma in 2009 I was told it wasn’t possible for a foreigner to rent a car in the country. I was therefore forced to use hired drivers (plus boats which were much more enjoyable) to get around. I can’t actually find any written evidence that foreigners aren’t allowed to drive, though I was told by rental companies that they can’t rent to a foreigner without a driver. There is certainly no truth in the urban myth that independent travel isn’t allowed in Burma-we travelled round the country with no guide. I’ve emailed various tour operators in Burma but as yet haven’t located one that would rent me a car…or one that would admit to doing it via email anyway. There are some companies below who advertise car rental, you may want to try them.
My guess though is that if you were to succeed in renting a self drive car and driving abroad here, this may need to be done unofficially and this would probably depend on where you are and how well ‘connected’ the renter is. Burma is an amazing country, and would be one of the worlds great self drive destinations, but I fear at present, it may still be a little early to experience this.