Blissfully untouched by mass tourism, Myanmar offers visitors a rare opportunity to seemingly travel back in time. Situated at the crossroads between the Indian continent and the rest of Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a melting pot of cultures made up of more than 135 different ethnic groups, each with its own history, culture, and language. This diversity is a haven for foodies looking to sample the many regional specialties of Burmese cuisine which range from earthy curries to flavoursome soups.
Buddhism plays an important role in Burmese society as evidenced by the many temples and monasteries dotted throughout the country. In Bagan alone, there are more than 2,000 temples and pagodas still standing from the 10th to 13th centuries.
Myanmar is blessed with spectacular natural scenery from the idyllic Inle Lake, home to the unique Intha leg rowers, to the unspoilt Mergui Islands. However, the bustling city of Yangon is the best place to witness the country in transition, where century-old buildings from the British colonial period vie for space with the emerging modern skyline.
WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT
- An authentic travel experience that offers insight into a traditional way of life that has remained largely unchanged
- Spectacular landscapes encompassing majestic mountains, rural villages, and idyllic, untouched islands
- Deep spirituality of the people can be witnessed at the many ornate temples throughout the country
- Home to historical landmarks such as the U Bein Bridge (the longest teak wood bridge in the world) and the temple-laden plains of Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Capital City Naypyidaw
Time Zone UTC +6:30
International Dial Code +95
Population 53.7 million (April 2018)
Myanmar has two distinct seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is from October to May and the wet season from May to early October.
However within each season the temperatures are varied, with the hottest months from March to June being usually the hottest, reaching in excess of 40°C.
Within Easy Reach Of…
International flight connections to Myanmar are increasing as the country moves to further develop its tourism infrastructure. There are four international airports, though the main gateway is through Yangon International Airport. The below flight times are from Yangon.
Bangkok, Thailand 1hr 20min
Chiang Mai, Thailand 1hr 20min
Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2hrs
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2hrs 15min