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Myanmar (Burma) Private Tours (17 itineraries)

Having retained its ancient customs, culture and natural beauty intact, Myanmar (Burma) seems a world away from the modern times. Join in any of our Myanmar private tour itineraries or plan your own independent Burma travel packages, you will have an unforgettable experience.

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Myanmar Travel Guide
Basic Facts
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.
Language Burmese
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.
Time Zone UTC+06:30
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 Go
Generally 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).
  The most common way for travelers to enter the country is by air. Many countries in Asia have direct flights to Myanmar, such as Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and China. The flight from Bangkok to Yangon is the most convenient. If travelers prefer land access, they can enter from China or Thailand.

Various means of transportation are available in the country, like airplanes, trains, long distance buses, and ferries.
 
Myanmar is a Theravada Buddhist country, where people devote great piety to Buddhism, so don't attack the religious beliefs in the country. In addition, don't talk about political issues when traveling because it still adopts military-political structure. Finally, it is better not to wear tank tops, shorts or miniskirts in the country on account of its conservative folk customs.
 
History
The 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 Features
With 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.
Questions & Answers
Asked by Janice from CANADA | Mar. 27, 2017 03:10Reply
What is the weather like in Myanmar in June?
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Answered by Abbey | Mar. 27, 2017 03:10
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It is very hot and dry in June. You should take the sun cream, wet tissues, lightweight cotton clothing with you. But don't forget some coats as it is cold in the mountainous areas at night and early morning.
Asked by Tyers | Mar. 27, 2017 03:08Reply
I am planning to travel to Myanmar. How about the monetary use, accept dollar/credit card?
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Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Mar. 27, 2017 03:08
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US dollar and Kyat (Myanmar money) are accepted at hotels, restaurants and shops. However US dollar must be the brand new notes. ATM machines are available in big cities, inside/near your hotels. Normally it may charge USD5-6 per transaction. And you can only withdraw Kyat from ATMs.
Asked by Dylan from USA | Feb. 05, 2017 20:51Reply
Do merchants accept US dollars or credit cards in Myanmar? No need to exchange ?
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Answered by Abbey | Feb. 05, 2017 20:51
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US dollars is widely used in Myanmar and most merchants accept US dollars by cash. For big shopping mall, they may accept credit cards.
Asked by Andrew | Dec. 27, 2016 23:43Reply
How could I get the E-visa of Myanmar?
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Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Dec. 27, 2016 23:44
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You can get E-Visa Approval by yourselves within 4 Steps,
1. Fill in the secure online eVisa form
2. Confirm and pay
3. Get approval letter within 3 days
4. Get visa stamped by the Custom upon arrival

www.evisa.moip.gov.mm/NoticetoTourists.aspx
Asked by John from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 27, 2016 21:33Reply
Is there a time difference between Myanmar and Manila?
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Answered by Abbey | Dec. 27, 2016 21:34
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Yes, Myanmar time is late than Manila for 1.5 hours. For example, it is 14:30 in Myanmar, but it is 16:00 in Manila.
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