Myanmar

About Myanmar travel, country, adventure, people & more

This is a virtual travel for you through this great country, with dozens of destinations and subjects such as adventure, culture, sightseeing, products, business, fashion, folklore, shopping, islands, beaches, snow and ice, exotic tribes, mountains and more, all this is reachable by flight, road travel, river cruise or trekking.

There is a section about adventure travel to the icy mountains of the north east with exotic tribes and the island world of the south. This opens spectacular panoramas for breathtaking photos and videos. We have information about almost everything including pagodas, temples, Buddhist shrines, adventure hotels, resorts, monasteries, meditation centers and other accommodations. Our pictures and video show you the country as it is today and as it was in the past. There is a wide ethnic and cultural diversity, just have a look into our e-books section for big pictures. We also offer over a dozen videos and more can be found at our youtube channel, among some more you will find everything about nightlife

Travel to Myanmar

is very easy, first it needs a visa and after it’s time for your flight to Yangon since this is the place where the journey starts.

The second destination in the country is often Mandalay, the third is Bagan and after it’s usually Inle Lake but there is much more, browse our site to discover it. Try us if you like it pls. use the “social tools” at the top and below to tell your friends.

Here is a history overview from the very past to the present.

Travel variants, one is to make all the arrangements

already via the internet before starting or just take a flight to Yangon and make your tour via a local operator, they will handle everything within 2 or 3 days. During that time you can explore the old capital which is Yangon or Rangoon, if you do so the first destination should be Bogyoke Market where all treasures of the country can be see, also for money changing, but not at the bank try some money changer, at lest three of them to find the best exchange rate. A very good agent for adventure and other inside the country, such as trekking, mountain climbing, river rafting, waterfalls and great nature you could also try a trip to nearby Umphang in Thailand it is more easy and less problems, more.

tropical waters

This is the largest country in southeast Asia, 2090 km (1300 miles) from north to south, from the lofty mountains extending from the Tibetan Himalayas  to the rolling tropical waters of the Indian ocean. Breadth wise, there are 925 km (575 miles) from the Naaf river on the Bangladesh border, to the Mekong river that separates the country from from Laos.

A horseshoe of hill-offshoots from the Tibetan Himalayas forms the strong natural frontier of with Bangladesh and India in the west, with China in the north and northeast, and with Laos and Thailand in the east and southeast. .

This is the largest country in southeast Asia, 2090 km (1300 miles) from north to south, from the lofty mountains extending from the Tibetan Himalayas  to the rolling tropical waters of the Indian ocean. Breadth wise, there are 925 km (575 miles) from the Naaf river on the Bangladesh border, to the Mekong river that separates the country from from Laos.

A horseshoe of hill-offshoots from the Tibetan Himalayas forms the strong natural frontier of with Bangladesh and India in the west, with China in the north and northeast, and with Laos and Thailand in the east and southeast. Here are the best tours.

Myanmar climate

Myanmar Climate

The country has three seasons, the cold season is from October into February with an average temperature from around 20- 24 C. Hot season is from March to May with around 30- 35 C. Monsoon season is from June to September with around 25- 30 C. Yangon receive some rain throughout the year while rain in the area between Bagan and  Mandalay is very low, this is the dry area is called. Shan state with Inle Lake, plus the north and south is pleasant year round. In the south it’s wet throughout the year and the far north has an Alpine climate with plenty of snow throughout the year.

myanmar culture

Myanmar Culture

Although the country is located between India and China it has it’s very distinctive characteristics, but the overall appearance in the big cities such as Yangon and Mandalay is more Indian, elsewhere it is quite a native development. Probably the main cultural expression is Pagoda City of Bagan at the Irrawaddy River.

As elsewhere in Asia people have preserved the traditional family ties and reverence for Buddhism. People are known for hospitality and friendliness.

Myanmar what to wear

What to wear

Light wear is recommended, since all textile stuff is quite cheap, most come from China just buy what you need locally it might safe you overweight costs. Footwear must be removed before entering a temple.

The English started a war because of this, since they refused to take off their shoes.

In general for women, don’t show to much skin it’s not appropriate and will get you a sunburn very quick.

Myanmar Visa

Myanmar Visa

How to get a Myanmar Visa Tourist and business visas are valid for 28 days, transit visas are valid for 24 hours. The best is to get a visa at the Bangkok consulate, it will take a day and cost around $ 30,- (tourist visa) business visa is $ 40,-, needs 2 photos and your passport, before you enter the consulate at Pun Road, that’s a small road linking Silom and Sathon Road you need to make a copy of your passport.

There is a small shop just before the embassy (when you come from the Silom side) where you can do this, they also have the application form. The cost of a tourist visa is approximately US$20; the cost of a business visa is approximately US$40.

For health issues check here.

Flights to Yangon

Flights to Yangon with tourists coming in mostly via from Bangkok airport to Yangon. There are several flights a day by MIA, Air Asia, Thai International and Bangkok Airways. Other flights are from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur Airport and India plus more.

Travel to Yangon is your entry, this city is not the capital anymore, now the capital is Naypyidaw, a former remote village in the central east region. But Yangon and Mandalay are still the centers of the country. Without travel to Mandalay a tour would be missing,more.

Historic relation with other countries

Most what we know today about Burma come from Indian and Chinese sources beside of the fact that Myanmar’s are Chinese by ethnicity. There are various contact traces from as early as 500 BC. Semiprecious stone beads found in burial grounds at Taungthaman, a place already used in the Iron Age near Amarapura, they probably came from South India and Buddhism in various forms came from India in the second century AD.

The mystery of the Myanmar Spitfiresburied? at the Yangon Airport.

 

Culture oriented travel

Culture oriented travel is probably the main reason why people come to the country. There is hardly and other state in the region where old culture still is so vivid as here. Just look at this impressive monuments from a thousand years ago and many even older.

It also is producing incredible panoramas which are often concentrated at places with hills and the Irrawaddy like in Sagaing opposite Mandalay and other places some are real feasts for the eyes. But there is more than enough in beach, islands and very remote travel spots, this is a universal oriented tourist haven, read more.

irrawaddy tour

Here are some typical tour programs, when making one there is plenty to see and experience. Here the old orient is still around with all it’s positive and negative side but time is changing fast .

When you travel to the country never forget to make a good insurance since many things can happen. One of the main sources of accidents is that almost everything is somehow rotten unless you are in some of the newer big hotels they are in good condition but when you walk out there is a different picture. Most local travel agents have no insurance for their clients, if you are on a tour only you are responsible for yourself, read more.

Yangon harbor

Why the name Myanmar?

The name was traditionally and officially used throughout times, except colonial times. Means Myanmar Naing-Ngan (Kingdom of, or Union of, ), etc. But in speech, Bamar is a short form term; this led to the misunderstanding of the term Burma, Burman and Burmese during the British period.

A number of names were similarly used such as Rangoon, Prome, Pegu, Akyab, Bagan, Bassein, Mergui, etc. Town names have been changed on today’s map and publications of the country. In ancient days, the country was first known  by western travelers (who mostly came by ship) as Thuwunna Bumi, a Pali word meaning the golden land. The country was always somehow oriented to sea, most foreign trade was done via the Yangon Rangoon Harbor, above is a pics from the 18. Century.

Since images tell more about this hidden place in south east Asia than every written text as everyone know check gallery at the menu left that a good shortcut for visual oriented people which are most users anyway and there are plenty of videos too it’s a feast for the eyes for modern peoples. Actually the general appearance is more like India than like south east Asia, left pics.

This is the legacy of British colonial times since the English brought lots of people from their colony into Burma, this were not only soldiers (most of the colonial forces there were Indian soldiers).

 

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Visit Burma

Visit Burma and Myanmar travel

The country is also a excellent adventure destination into the mountains of the north and other remote areas like the Myeik or Mergui Archipelago with exotic

 

You might ask Myanmar what to do?

You will see the great pagodas and temples of Bagan in the dry zone and the spiritual capital which is Mandalay, many more pictures are here. Some time ago the capital has been moved from to Naypyidaw.

To visit Burma and Bagan is very easy, first it needs a visa and after you have 2 possibilities for travel. One is to make all the travel arrangements already via the internet before travel or just take a flight to Yangon and make your travel tour via a local tour operator, they will handle everything within 2 or 3 days.

During that time you can explore the old capital which is Yangon or Rangoon. A very good travel agent for adventure tours and other travel inside the country, if you are interested in river rafting, waterfalls and great nature a trip to nearby Umphangin Thailand is the right target.

 

Flights to Yangon

Flights to Yangon Airport

 

A trip will always start at Yangon airport, Mandalay is also receiving international flight from Chiang Mai in Thailand. The thing is, at all land border crossings a foreigner is only allowed to stay within city limits, it is not possible to exit city limits that finally means coming and leaving the country is only via the two international airports.

It is also not possible to use the road crossing to exit the country without a special permission for which a application can be made at the Myanmar Travel & Tour office they will take the application form and pass is it to the foreign ministry, processing is about 2 weeks. All this can only be handled in the former capital.

Flights with tourists come in mostly from Bangkok airport. There are several flights a day by MIA, Air Asia, Bangkok Airways and Thai International. Other flights are from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore ChangiKuala Lumpur Airport and India plus more.

Actually this is nothing new its everywhere in the region. The country is also a excellent adventure destination into the mountains of the north and other remote areas like the Myeik or Mergui Archipelago with exotic Andaman Islands.

To do some adventure travel just contact the travel agent indicated above, they are the expert and they do a good job.

But the biggest city is not the capital anymore, now this is Naypyidaw, a former remote village in the central region. But both big cities are still the centers of the country in terms of culture and business.

Without travel to them something would be missing best is with domestic Myanmar airlines although busses, train and rent cars are available.

 

Andaman Sea

 

Andaman Islands

The Andaman sea opens up a pristine part of the Indian Ocean, touching India, Burma and Thailand with almost no contact to any foreigners except the Thailand Andaman Sea area. In resent years  “live aboard” diving tours are offered out of Phuket Thailand, often a trip is started elsewhere e.g. in Thailand.

The natives are Salone or Moken sea gypsies,  they never live permanently on one place. During the rainy season they stay temporarily on the islands where greener landscape exists.

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Myanmar Hotel Bar   Ngapali Beach

Inle Lake leg rower   Irrawaddy River

To do some adventure travel just contact the travel agent indicated above, they are the expert and they do a good job. Making a trip in the Mergui Archipelago is a rather difficult task since there is no infrastructure on any island.

The next possible accommodation is at Myeik and Kawthaung, a other way to explore the area is by a live aboard scuba diving trip (they have excellent yachts for this) out of Phuket or check with a local travel agent at Mergui they can handle this including supplying guide and kayaks it can done from December to April, the other time is rainy season or monsoon with torrential downpours and flooding. This area is one of the wettest on planet earth, more.

irrawaddy river cruising

Excellent beaches

such as Ngapali Beach, Chaungtha Beach, Ngwe Saung Beach and other attractive beaches along the coast and on over 800 islands in the Myeik or Mergui Archipelago all the way down to Kawthaung or Victoria Point, as the town was known under the British, the southernmost town in the country.

Hotels and other places to stay

At your trip you need a hotel, at Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and elsewhere are plenty of excellent hotels and some very basic accommodations in the remote areas, the very remote areas are not suitable for tourism, maybe for some adventure tours, read more.

Booking resorts and other accommodation is not such an easy task especially when considering quality.

At Inle Lake are several very idyllic hotels placed on stilts into the lake such as theGolden Cottages, tourism traffic is by boat only.

More info can be found at e-books and videos accessible via the menu and by browsing our website. Here are tons of of prime information available but since we are focused on content and not and all kind of manipulated links we have some problems with the major search engine, because they want almost only links and not good content.

The Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy River

will be in your way sooner or later. This is the heart of the country. Running from north to south, three mountain systems are cut through.- the Western or Rakhine Yoma, Bago Range and the Shan Plateau – divide three parallel river valleys, the Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy, the Sittaung and the Thanlwin, The murky water flows down three different climatic region of the country: the wooded Kachin heights in the temperate north, the dry belt that starts from the old capital Mandalay to the ancient Pyu capital Pyi (Prome), and lastly the vast flatness of the delta.

These valleys, with their tributaries and distributaries, all help to form the famous granaries of the country, about rivers read more.

All about Myanmartravel the Irrawaddy

Irrawaddy at Mandalay is a good example for Myanmar what to see

 

Bago

Travel to Bagothe lake monastery

on rivers. At one time the paddy fields of Kyaukse and Minbu had fed old Bagan,Innwa (Ava), Shwebo and Mandalay in old Burma. Nowadays, Bago / Pegu,Hinthada, Pathein and Myaungmya fields in the delta region are the top producers of rice.

On the delta’s eastern flank and the southern extremity of  the deep forested BagoYoma stands Yangon, the largest city in the country and the main port of the country, read more.

 

 

elephant trekking adventure

Elephant ride adventure

 

Trekking Adventure

Mountain Trekking

The mountains in Kachin state are the right place for great adventure travel and trekking tours. In this part of the famous mountains  which are offshoots from the Tibetan Himalayas no foreigners until now have been seen, with the exception of some British adventurers and botanists during colonial times.

Actually during that time there was no tourism, today it’s Burma what to see? a example are icy mountain and trekking Adventure, more.

 

Myanmar Travel to Bagan

Ancient temples

are a virtual trademark of the country, well known is Bagan, a rich archaeological sites full of about ancient 2230 monuments still standing and about 1000 in ruins. Bagan was the capital for about 250 years (1044-1286).

The Ananda temple in Bagan is a exceptional sacral construction on a level with the Pyramids of Egypt and the Pyramids of the ancient Mayas. Another great monument at Bagan is the Shwezigon, more.

 

Buddhism in the country

Shwedagon Pagoda

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On your travel you will see that Burmese people are almost entirely follower of Buddhism with the exceptions of some respecting the Nats plus Muslim and Christians They are followers of the Buddha.

You will see everywhere signs of Buddhism, the monasteries, the white and golden glinting of pagodas, dark red-robed monks, novices and nuns with shaven heads carrying their begging bowls.

Sometimes groups of novices playing football along the road like kids in Europe in the afternoon. Every boy will stay in a monastery for a couple of day and there are plenty men who become monks for a few days or longer. The spiritual and moral force of Buddhism has an important place in the life of the people and of course in the life of Buddhist Monks.

On your travel witness one of the great pagoda festivals, with streams of pilgrims from miles around crowd the pagodas and go shopping at the throughway shops. Take off your shoes and climb bare foot the steps to the shrines and pagodas. Watching devout Buddhist kneeling with prayerful hands before an image of the Buddha. Its a great atmosphere hardly found elsewhere, see all this wonderful Buddha statues, some even made from jade. More about Buddhism is here.

Myanmar travel Bagan Buddha
Visit the ancient pagoda city Bagan with plenty of Buddha statues.

 

Every boy will stay in a monastery for a couple of day and there are plenty men who become monks for a few days or longer. The spiritual and moral force of Buddhism has an important place in the life of the people and of course in the life of Buddhist Monks. On your travel witness one of the great pagoda festivals, with streams of pilgrims from miles around crowd the pagodas and go shopping at the throughway shops.

Take off your shoes and climb bare foot the steps to the shrines and pagodas. Watching devout Buddhist kneeling with prayerful hands before an image of the Buddha.

Its a great atmosphere hardly found elsewhere, see all this wonderful Buddha statues, some even made from jade which is finally jade jewelry.


Pilgrim Tours Kyaiktiyo golden rock pagoda.

 

There are famous pilgrim tours

destinations, such as the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Kyaiktyio Pagoda  and the Mahamuni  temple and pagoda in Mandalay plus countless other Buddhist and Nats shrines. Visit Mount Popa the abode of the Nats to get a deep inside look into the spirit world. Burma tours are probably some of the most exiting in Asia, because its pure oriental and Asia travel as it was in most Asian countries about 200 years ago. Travel to Myanmar and this is what you will find out, Burma travel is unique. Book with a local travel agent since they know the country.

This excursions could also very educational in particular culture related, just imaging the great pagoda cities of Bagan and Mrauk U. Its best traditional Asia travel.

Try vacation and you wont regret, try adventure travel and beach travel. You could also do a shortMekong travel trip since a small part of the mighty Mekong river runs through. Just come have the right  hotels and give it a try, a map of Myanmar is here.

 

pagodas and temples at mandalay

The Mahamuni Temple and turtle pond in Mandalay. This is the most venerated pagoda in the city.

Buddhist Nun at Mandalay   Buddhist Nun at Sagaing

Buddhist Nun at Mandalay and Sagaing, this is on of the top highlights of the country.

 

girls at Shwedagon

People came in by three waves of immigration from the north. Of these the earliest is represented by the Mon or Talaing, who also stretched all the way down to present dayPhuket Island in southern Thailand, the right extension to your vacations.

The second and third wave of people were the Burmese and Shan. The ethnic diversity is amazingly vivid in particular since the country was shut down for some decades, during English colonial time there was also plenty of mixed couples.

 

A trip to Mogok is for people who

Myanmar rubies

who are interested in precious stones and semi precious stones, ideal souvenirs for the people back home. Probably the best known are ruby and  Jade of the jadeite type. Actually this days if you see any jade anywhere it usually comes from here, here is all about Myanmar jade.

There is also only minimal Chinese nephrite left, most “Chinese Jade is either imported legally or smuggled into China.

Since rubies are getting more rare because the supply is decreasing it becomes harder to get any real good rubies. Actually only the bigger stones are getting really rare there is a abundant supply of small stones up to around 6mm.

 

Myanmar Nightlife

Nightlife and entertainment If you are a single guy traveling the country you probably ask yourself, well the country is real beautiful but what are the attractions in the night. You must not worry there is quite some nightlife going on in the golden land. Its not as crazy at Thailand nightlife, its less screaming but there is definitely something going on. At Yangon and other cities are nightclubs, bars and pubs with plenty of pretty girls doing fashion shows, dancing, singing and other things. Actually at the border area to Thailand and China the nightlife driven by the Chinese is even more hot than Bangkok nightlife since everything goes and is allowed, read more.

 

Fashion show models working in the night shift are a interesting add on in nightlife entertainment in particular for single male travelers in the statebut not at Bagan, there is no night entertainment.