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Having retained its ancient customs, culture and natural beauty, Myanmar (Burma) seems a world away from the modern times. Join any of our Myanmar private tour itineraries or plan your own independent Burma travel packages and you will have an unforgettable experience.
Best Myanmar (Burma) Tours
- 10 Days Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Lake from $1609
- 7 Days Mandalay - Bagan - Yangon from $1029
- 14 Days Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach from $2179
- 9 Days Yangon - Mandalay - Bagan - Ngapali - Yangon from $1629
- 11 Days Yangon - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Bagan - Yangon from $1739
- 12 Days Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake - Bagan - Irrawaddy River Cruise - Mandalay from $2489
- One Day Private Yangon Sightseeing from $61
- One Day Mandalay Private Tour from $77
Southeast Asia Tours including Myanmar
Myanmar Travel Guide
|Location||Myanmar, or Burma, is a Southeast Asian nation and a member of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Its official name is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. It is bordered by the Andaman Sea in the southwest and China in the northeast. The northwest part of Myanmar neighbors India and Bangladesh and the southeast is adjacent to Thailand and Laos.|
|Area||261,228 mi² (676,578 km²)|
|Population||The nation, with its population of 51.4 million, has 135 distinct ethnic groups. The majority ethnic group Bamar accounts for 68% of the total population.|
|Currency||Burmese Kyat is the official currency. Kyats can only be exchanged by US dollars or Euros in Myanmar, and only paper notes entirely without stain or crease will be accepted.|
|Capital||Nay Pyi Taw is the capital of Myanmar, located in a basin at Sittang river valley in the middle part of the country with a population of 1.16 million.|
|Administrative Division||The country is divided into seven states and seven regions. Bamar, the dominant ethnic group, live in the regions while other ethnic minorities live in the states.|
|Religions and Beliefs||Most Burmese believe in Buddhism, and a large portion of them identifies as Buddhists. With strong consciousness of religion in the country, you can see monks wearing cassocks and holding black umbrellas anytime and anywhere. Approximately one out of every three hundred Burmese is monk.|
Myanmar today is no longer the most isolated nation in Southeast Asia. Old stores and railroads can be seen, as well as motorcycles, internet and increasing foreign tourists. The thousands of glorious pagodas witnessed the development of the country. Here travelers can see the integration of the past and the new life.
Top Destinations & Attractions:
Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Karaweik Palace;
Bagan: Ananda Temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda, Sulamani Temple;
Mandalay: U Bein Bridge, Mahagandaryone Monastery;
Inle Lake: Nyaung Shwe, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, floating markets.
Best Time to GoGenerally speaking, November to the next February - the dry and cool season is the best time to take Myanmar vacation package, for the clear weather in the season. Consequently, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat may need to be put on. Try to avoid the hot season from March to May and the rainy season from mid-May to October.
The Northern regions are the coolest, with an average temperature of 21 °C (70 °F). Coastal and delta regions have an average maximum temperature of 32 °C (89.6 °F).
Various means of transportation are available in the country, like airplanes, trains, long distance buses, and ferries.
HistoryThe history of Myanmar can be traced back to 5,000 years ago. After being a unity state in 1044, the country experienced three major feudal dynasties - Pagan Empire (1044 - 1297), Taungoo Dynasty (1531 - 1753), and Konbaung Dynasty (1752 - 1885), leaving a lot of historical heritages. From 1886 to 1948, the over 60 years recorded the British colonial history on this land, and 1948 marked the nation's independence.
Geographical FeaturesWith a higher terrain in the north while lower in the south, Myanmar has a southern coastline of more than 1,200 miles (1,930 km). The north of the country is mountainous area, the west has hills and mountains, and the east features plateaus. The Hkakabo Razi on the north tip is the highest mountain in the country with an altitude of 19,295 ft (5,881 m). In the middle of the western mountains and eastern plateaus lies the Irrawaddy Valley, a low and flat region.