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Myanmar: Best Tourist eSIMs Reviewed (2024)

Myanmar is probably not the most popular travel destination in Southeast Asia, but it still has a lot to offer.

Especially when it is a relatively affordable country for travel.

One way to keep your costs low is by using a travel eSIM because international roaming can be crazy expensive.

Which is why using local and travel eSIMs is recommended to save money.

And if you get a travel eSIM, you do not have to deal with the SIM card registration bureaucracy and skip the queues in Myanmar.

How much will a (travel) eSIM for Myanmar cost you?

You can get an eSIM for Myanmar for as low as 4.50 USD and up to 47 USD from Alosim and Holafly offering between 1 GB and 20 GB data to be used locally, in Asia, or globally.

Those are some generous data allowances, right?

In this guide, I will go over the eSIM options offered by the Burmese mobile operators (if available), Alosim, Holafly, & SimOptions. Let's do this.

Buying an eSIM for Myanmar Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Holafly & Alosim)

Original publication: 24th of August 2022. Last updated: 5th of April 2024.

Table of Contents

In a Hurry? A Quick Introduction

I will write about six eSIM options in Myanmar (and explain why they are included).

But if you want to quickly check out what the best eSIMs are for Myanmar without my analysis and explanations, here is an overview of the eSIMs covered in this guide:

Note: the promo codes mentioned above can also be used for regional and global eSIMs (they are not restricted to country-specific eSIMs only). In other news, the eSIM providers are in alphabetical order per grouping (Myanmar-only, regional & global) – not in order of preference (you would have to read the complete guide to find out which eSIMs I love the most for Myanmar 😜).

Let's truly get started, shall we?

eSIMs offered by Burmese Mobile Operators

To get the best service available, in terms of reception and speeds, you want to go with the local mobile operators directly instead of with a travel eSIM.

That is because you will have a higher priority on the network in case of network congestion.

However, that does not mean travel eSIMs will always be slow.

In fact, some mobile operators throttle (prepaid) on select plans or all plans for “optimization” reasons (read: we cannot be bothered to invest in our network).

Anyway, which Burmese mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers?

Currently, none of the mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But you have to deal with Myanmar's SIM card registration scheme, which is mandatory for anyone using Burmese SIM cards and eSIMs – it can be a time-consuming affair.

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(Why does this matter? Because hackers can steal your (critical) personal data if the mobile operator does not secure your data properly, like what happened in Australia (10 million Optus customers were affected, where info, like passport numbers, were stolen (including mine – luckily not my passport number but my boyfriend was not as lucky) or Indonesia (1.3 billion SIM card-related data was hacked)).

While mobile data is already affordable in Myanmar, getting any of the travel eSIMs mentioned in this guide will not break the bank – not at all.

Travel eSIM providers Alosim, Holafly, & SimOptions offer attractive eSIMs for Myanmar – some allow their eSIMs to be set up before arriving in Myanmar and activating them as soon as you land.

Very convenient, right? And I have used eSIMs from Alosim, Holafly, & SimOptions before, and I can assure you they work well!

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So let's see what these travel eSIM providers have to offer in Myanmar, right?

Alosim eSIMs for Myanmar

Alosim Logo
© Alosim

Alosim is an eSIM provider covering 130+ 150+ countries.

Although I only started using its eSIMs in 2023, I like them a lot.

Mostly because Alosim eSIMs have 5G NR access in popular destinations in Asia.

Unfortunately, that is not the case for Myanmar yet… but that could change soon 😏.

Something even Airalo, the King of eSIMs, does not offer (yet).

And you know I am all about that speed 🐆.

In Myanmar, Alosim uses the MPT network.

MPT Myanmar Logo
© MPT Myanmar

Just like Airalo, Alosim often partners with the best local network(s) in a country, which I love.

And the eSIMs are affordable too!

You have the following six Alosim Myanmar eSIM options:

  1. Myanmar 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Myanmar 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 6.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Myanmar 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 8.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Myanmar 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 19.50 USD
  5. Myanmar 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD
  6. Myanmar 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 40 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in October based on data up to the 11th of October (2023 data only).

Alosim Myanmar eSIMs
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

Just note that when you have installed your Alosim eSIM, you always have to manually change the Access Point Name (APN) to alosim instead of the default one, as in the screenshot below.

Alosim APN Settings
The “Name” can be whatever, but “Alosim” works. The APN must “alosim” without any capital letters. You can skip all the other settings (such as proxy, port, username, password, etc.).

Of course, Alosim mentions this on the installation page, but it is not something you have to do with man eSIM providers.

So I thought I would mention it here as a heads-up 😜.

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Holafly eSIMs for Myanmar

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

Another eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.

In June 2022, Holafly introduced something that no other travel eSIM provider had done by that time.

You can now get unlimited data plans for several Asian countries, all European Union member states & a handful of other countries..

Wait… there is an eSIM provider offering unlimited data plans, and I (you reading this) have never heard of it? Who is Holafly? 🤔

I have an in-depth review explaining how Airalo works and all its options, based on two years of using Holafly eSIMs – you can read it now or later (I will briefly introduce Holafly anyway in this guide).

Holafly General Review & In-Depth Analysis by Phone Travel Wiz

Unfortunately, unlimited data plans are unavailable in Myanmar for now, but Holafly informed me it intends to have unlimited data eSIMs for all supported countries (but it will take a while).

The Holafly Myanmar eSIM uses the MPT network.

MPT Myanmar Logo
© MPT Myanmar

You have the following two Holafly Myanmar eSIM options:

  1. Myanmar 6 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 44 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Myanmar 8 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 47 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only).

Holafly Myanmar eSIMs
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

Holafly Myanmar eSIM Pros

What are the main perks of Holafly's Myanmar eSIMs?

Holafly Myanmar eSIM Cons

What are the main cons of Holafly's Myanmar eSIMs?

  • You cannot call or text with the Holafly Myanmar eSIM – it is a data-only eSIM (so you do not get a (Burmese) phone number either)
  • While you get access to the MPT network, your speeds will not be as fast as going with them themselves because you will be roaming on their network (and not be a native customer)
  • The eSIM's validity, supposedly, starts as soon as you scan the QR code, not upon using it in Myanmar
    • I say supposedly because I have installed eSIMs literally months in advance and had no issues using them later, but I do not want you to experience this issue with your hard-earned money
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly eSIM
  • You cannot top-up your eSIM – you have to buy a new one (in case you stay in Myanmar for a bit longer than initially planned)
  • Holafly is the most expensive eSIM provider in this guide for Myanmar-only eSIMs

Holafly Myanmar eSIM Overall Thoughts

Unfortunately, unlimited data plans are still unavailable for Myanmar.

This is a shame because I know many Phone Travel Wiz readers would love such eSIMs.

For now, we just have to be patient.

Currently, Holafly's eSIMs are not the cheapest.

But at least the data allowance is reasonable for the price you pay.

Be sure to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off to save money on your Holafly Myanmar eSIM – your wallet will thank you 😜.

Check out my Holafly review, where I share my hands-on experience after using its eSIMs in more than ten countries over two years.

Holafly General Review & In-Depth Analysis by Phone Travel Wiz
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Best eSIMs for Asia & the World (including Myanmar)

So what if you plan to visit a neighboring Asian country?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo, Alosim, Holafly, or Nomad eSIMs in any country than Myanmar.

Luckily, some of the eSIM providers mentioned so far do have eSIMs that can be used throughout most or all of Asia.

And there are also some global eSIMs with attractive prices that can be useful if you visit Asia and another continent or region.

I highly recommend these Asia or global eSIMs if you plan to visit multiple Asian countries to save money!


AIS Thailand Logo

There is a new kid on the block with 5G NR access in several Asian countries with its Asia eSIM: AIS eSIM2FLY Asia.

SimOptions AIS eSIM2FLY eSIM Banner
© SimOptions

Okay, AIS (Thailand) is not new at all – it is the largest mobile operator in the country.

What is relatively new, however, is its updated AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM.

You still get 6 GB of data for 15 days in 32 Asian countries.

But you also get FREE 5G NR access in about a dozen supported countries – and more will be added shortly.

And I can tell you that not many eSIM providers have this benefit for Asia (including the ones in this guide)… so this is a unique selling point for the AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM.

Now, many resellers are selling this eSIM – but I recommend getting it from SimOptions.

SimOptions Logo
© SimOptions

Mainly because SimOptions was probably the first travel SIM card company I started working with in 2019.

But also because its price is competitive (19.90 USD) – even while offering STELLAR after-sales support (which not all AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM resellers do… they just tell you to contact AIS directly, smh).

Alright, the AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM can be used in the following 32 countries:

  • Australia 1
  • Bahrain 1
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China 1
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong 1
  • India
  • Indonesia 1
  • Israel 1
  • Japan 1
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait 1
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Oman 1
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines 1
  • Qatar 1
  • Singapore 1
  • South Korea 1
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam 1

1 with 5G NR access

It is nice to see when an eSIM provider does not consider only some East- and Southeast Asian countries as Asia 🗿.

What is more: you get a Thai phone number (+66) that can be used for incoming calls and SMS.

If you go to the SimOptions website and look at its Asia eSIMs, you will see the following six eSIMs:

SimOptions Asia eSIMs (AIS eSIM2FLY, China Unicom, Three (3) APAC Pass)

I will talk about the AIS eSIM2FLY Global eSIM in the global section (it also allows for 5G NR access in quite a number of countries).

But why do I only mention and recommend the AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM from SimOptions?

Mostly because the eSIM is vastly superior to any other Asia eSIM SimOptions sells.

The AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM covers an equal number of countries as the Smart Traveler eSIM and more than the China Unicom Hong Kong Smart Data eSIM and the 3 Hong Kong 30-Day APAC Pass eSIMs.

Moreover, the performance with the AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM will be (significantly) better because it often works on the network of the best local mobile operator.

Furthermore, it costs roughly the same as the other eSIMs.

The only main drawback with the AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM is that it has the shortest validity – eight days.

Unless you plan in staying all 32 supported countries for maybe an hour before flying again, it will be impossible to use the eSIM in all of them.

Let alone two or three countries within eight days.

So yes, it is a regional eSIM, but you will most likely use it in one or two only.

But unlike the other eSIMs, you will get 5G NR access with the AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM.

But if you want to explore your options, check out the SimOptions site.

Although I believe you will have a better experience with the AIS eSIM2FLY Asia eSIM or the other Asia eSIMs mentioned in this guide.

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AIS Thailand Logo

SimOptions also sells a global eSIM: AIS eSIM2FLY Global.

And it can be used in a total of 143 countries for 15 days – 53 of them with 5G NR access

The AIS eSIM2FLY Global eSIM can be used in the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Åland Islands
  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia 1
  • Austria 1
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain 1
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium 1
  • Bhutan 1
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria 1
  • Cambodia
  • Canada 1
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China 1
  • Colombia
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia 1
  • Cyprus 1
  • Czechia 1
  • Denmark 1
  • Dominican
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • England 1
  • Estonia 1
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland 1
  • France 1
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany 1
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong 1
  • Hungary 1
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia 1
  • Iran 1
  • Ireland 1
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel 1
  • Italy 1
  • Japan 1
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Kuwait 1
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia 1
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg 1
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives 1
  • Malta 1
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands 1
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway 1
  • Oman 1
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines 1
  • Poland 1
  • Portugal 1
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar 1
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russia 1
  • Samoa
  • San Marino 1
  • Saudi Arabia 1
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore 1
  • Slovakia 1
  • Slovenia 1
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain 1
  • Sri Lanka
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden 1
  • Switzerland 1
  • Taiwan 1
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey 1
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates 1
  • United Kingdom 1
  • United States of America 1
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City 1
  • Vietnam 1
  • Virgin Islands (U.S.)

1 with 5G NR access

If you get this eSIM from SimOptions, which I recommend, you will pay 39.90 USD for it.

The main issue I have with the AIS eSIM2FLY Global eSIM is that it has a short validity.

Making it hard to call it an actual global eSIM… unless you can somehow visit 143 countries within 15 days 🧐.

Still, it is a relatively affordable global eSIM covering 140+ countries… with 5G NR access!

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Overview of the Best eSIMs for Myanmar

So, we reviewed some eSIMs that can be used in Myanmar.

I will give you a quick recap of each and link to their product pages in case you need more info or want to purchase an eSIM already (just remember the activation policies of Holafly and SimOptions – do not buy their eSIMs too early):

Remember to use code the relevant discount code: PHONETRAVELWIZ (others)).

Buying a SIM Card in Myanmar

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a Burmese SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

Buying a SIM Card in Myanmar (Burma) Guide (logos of Ooredoo, ATOM, Mytel & MPT)