Previously known as Burma, the official name of the country is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. In 1989, the name was changed from Burma to Myanmar.
The topography of Myanmar can be divided into three parts: the Western Hill Region, the Central Valley Region and the Eastern Hill Region. Myanmar is becoming a popular destination in the Southeast Asia with array of tourist sights: golden stupas as tall as skyscrapers, ancient ruins, charming hill tribes, unexplored jungles, peaceful beaches and legions of monks.
Myanmar, a land of friendly people, a land of the million pagodas, to name a few, is rich in natural and cultural resources. For its long history and big size, it is an ideal place to experience the archaeology as well as flora and fauna. There are a lot of existing and newly-developed destinations in Myanmar. Not only natural and man-made places but also its friendly people itself are also uniquely attractive.
Myanmar remains one of the most undiscovered destinations offering all the traditional delights of Asia in one country.
Neighboring Countries: bordered on the north-east by China, on the east by Laos and Thailand, on the south-west by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal and on the north-west by Bangladesh and India.
Area: 676,578 km²
Population (2016): 54,460,640
Capital: Nay Pyi Daw
Religion: Buddhism (89.2%), Christianity (5.0%), Islam (3.8%), Hinduism (0.5%), Spiritualism (1.2%) and others (0.2%)
Currency: Myanmar Kyat
Best time to go: The best time to visit Myanmar is from October till early March when the temperature are quite cool. From March till end-September, it gets very warm. Monsoon is expected from end-May till October when Capital Yangon gets heavy rains during monsoon mainly in the afternoons and evenings but rest of the country remains dryer. Popular areas of Mandalay &Bagan get very light and infrequent showers even during monsoon.
A tourist visa can be applied directly at the Myanmar Embassy of your home country or on arrival at Yangon Airport. In this case, you will need a letter of confirmation from our local operators, which can be provided in time.
All visitors to Myanmar are required to carry a valid passport and a Myanmar visa. The passports must be valid for six months beyond the intended stay.
For e-Visa: The visa is valid for arrival at Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Nay Pyi TawInternational Airport. You applyonline through Myanmar Govt's website: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/
Please be aware of the following information for any visa application:
– Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months at the time of departure from Myanmar
– You must provide a photograph (4cmx6cm) taken within 3 months from the date of the visa application and the return airline ticket
– The maximum stay in Myanmar is 28 days
– The application fee of 50 USD per person can be paid by credit card (Visa, Master) and will not be refunded if visa application is rejected
– A confirmation email will be sent to you within one hour after submitting your application
– The average processing time for each application is 5 days
– The e-visa is valid for a period of 90 days after the date of issue.
Several regions in Myanmar require special permission for travel. In order to secure this approval we may ask for a scanned copy of your passport in advance. For specific areas, we need this scanned copy at least 3-4 weeks in advance in order to assure the paperwork completion.
From time to time, due to varying issues, places are closed without prior notice. In this case we will do our best to propose and alternate plan after consulting with the clients.
Prepare before you go:
Make sure your passport is valid with at least 6 months before the expiry date and that you have the correct visas. Have a look at the visa requirements for more information. Consider medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurances. Check with your doctor re vaccinations and medicines needed.
Clothing: You can dress up in light causal wears all year round. A sweater or jacket is recommended for the cooler season especially when visiting Mandalay or Bagan. An umbrella will be useful during the rainy season. Sandals or slippers are convenient as all footwear’s must be taken off when entering the precincts of pagodas and monasteries. Visitors should not wear shorts or briefs when visiting pagodas and monasteries. Please take good walking shoes with non-slip sole as you will be required to walk frequently during your sightseeing programs and sometimes on uneven surface.
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