Myanmar (Burma) spreads from the beautiful islands in the south to the frosty Himalayan Mountains in the east.
The country presents all the values and
ecstasy of Asia with its rich culture and heritage. Jungles, snowy mountains,
beautiful beaches and rivers, Myanmar is a treat for each type of traveller. Hot air balloon rides, cruising in the Ayeyarwaddy River, jungle safaris, elephant
rides, pagodas, islands, lively markets and colonial architecture, this country is the
right place for both adventure and history lovers.The country’s tourism infrastructure boasts five star properties, intimate boutique
hotels, family guesthouses in all the major centers, along with stunning mountain
and beach resorts.
Currency: Burmese Kyat
Season: Oct - Mar
Climate: Myanmar has a monsoon climate with three main seasons. The hottest period is between February and May, rainy season is generally from May to October and the winters are from October to February.
Yangon is Myanmar's largest, most dynamic and historically important city. Its downtown skyline is dominated by the 'winking wonder' of Shwedagon Paya, which is a Buddhist temple that attracts pilgrims from across the globe. The city is also known as ‘the garden of the east’ because of its beautiful parks, tropical trees, sparkling lakes and a huge number of colonial era buildings. Yangon also serves as the most important commercial city of Myanmar as it is the centre of business and home to the main seaport. Yangon is a city that holds people with diverse religions and cultures. It is a mix of ethnicity and traditions.
The shan highlands have a refreshing climate and scenic views. It is the home to many original colonial-era buildings and is also known as ‘Myanmar’s trekking mecca’. Tourists enjoy the stroll to soak up the atmosphere, take in some hill views and the colourful flower-lined streets and witness the lives of the local hill tribes. The highlands offer a wide variety of options for exploration in its market, where villagers from the surrounding hills come to sell their products. Most of the town’s restaurants and food stands surround the market, and offer a wide range of foods.
Mandalay is a city where people are generally busy and the weather is usually hot. The place is ideal for one-day trips. Fascinating pagodas, beautiful churches, temples, mosques, Ayeyarwady riverside, beautiful backstreets, little monasteries, a range of craft workshops and arts performances are some quick experiences to look forward to in this city. For visitors who have enough time to explore, temples, monasteries, beautiful markets, as well as great street food and panoramic views can be enjoyed from the hills in Mandalay.
The Ngapali Beach is known for its serenity and breathtaking view. The water is clean and transparent and the beach is free from any type of noise or unwanted crowd. It spreads over 3 kilometers with soft white sand fringed by coconut palms under the warm sun. Ngapali Beach serves as the best place for a relaxing holiday and offers ground for recreational activities such as beach strolling, cycling, sunbathing and others. The neighbouring villages can be visited through a bicycle tour, which gives a real experience of life at the beach.
Dress appropriately: Burma is country where exposing too much of your skin could be unacceptable and people still wear traditional dresses. Cover your shoulders and knees as a necessary step towards respecting the country’s culture.
Accommodation: There could be a problem for the hotel rooms especially in key tourist locations like Yangon and Bagan as hotels fill up a month in advance. It will be convenient to book hotelsbeforehand to avoid any type of accommodation problem. In rural areas, people can stay for free in the monasteries.
Adjust your budget: Prices for everything in Myanmar have risen dramatically, especially in tourist hotspots like Bagan. Make sure you adjust your budget accordingly.
Avoid political talk: People are now more open while discussing politics than in the past, but some guardedness remains; avoid taking part in political conversations.
No-tourists zones: In some areas,tourists are not allowed to enter due to conflicts between the government and armies. These areas are mostly in Kachin and Shan States, and far from the key tourist attractions.
Follow basic etiquettes: General etiquettes in the country must be followed, for instance, handing over money and receiving it with the right hand, while the left handmust support the right arm and never using your feet to point at a person or thing.