Myanmar Travel Guide
Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar the Golden Land is a country with a population of 51 million people. Officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the country was formerly known as Burma and is bordered by China, Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Laos. It is situated on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea coast. The capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw while the former capital Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the largest city in the country. It is a culturally diverse nation with about 135 ethnic groups. The cultural experience in Myanmar is a mix of local traditions and influences from the Chinese and Indians. Theravada Buddhism is the largest religion in Myanmar. The country is a good destination for pilgrimage and adventurous vacations.
Best Burma Hotels
Accommodation in Myanmar range from budget-friendly guesthouses to 5 star hotels or luxury beach resorts. When visiting, you can find the best hotels in Myanmar on Jovago and take advantage of the discounts and rates. Myanmar hotels are well serviced and poised to cater for the needs of guests. Foreign tourists are only allowed to be accommodated at hotels, inns, guesthouses and lodging houses granted with licenses to operate. From now, you can search the best hotels in Myanmar on top destinations, such as Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake or Bago. With Jovago, you can select the “book now, pay later” without entering your credit cards details on the website. Check the full list of top burmese hotels.
Myanmar Tours & Travel
Plan Myanmar Tours? From the baffling sight of Golden Rock to the stilted villages of Lake Inle, Burma possesses great tourist potential and attractions in many fields. Myanmar is ultimately rich in culture.
The main tourist destination in Myanmar is Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Taking hot air balloons is a breathtaking experience that you will never forget.
Less known but an archaeological site in Myanmar is Mrauk u In the Rakhine State, there is also an amazing archaeological sites, less known than Bagan, called Mrauk-U.
Moreover Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in the country is a perfect place to visit when on pilgrim tourism. There are a number of golden Pagodas in the country such as Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Sule Pagoda.
When entering Buddhist Temples, Pagodas and religious environs, head wear and footwear are to be taken off.
Tourists can visit the Inle Lake located in Nyaungshwe Township.
It is a freshwater lake and the second largest lake in Myanmar, there you can visit the most famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Not far from the lake is the Kayah village where the women of the Kayan tribe wear brass coils around the neck and also Kalaw that was popular with the British during colonial time. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 meters, 50 km from the Inle lake.
Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma during the Konbaung Dynasty, located 716 km north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River. The city gets its name from the nearby Mandalay Hill. Not very far from Mandalay you can visti Pyin Oo Lwin the largest winery in Myanmar. December is the best time to visit Pyin Oo Lwin.
Tourist can also take a break in the beautiful beach resorts in Ngapali Beach, Nabule Beach and Ngwe Saung.
Getting to Myanmar
Yangon International Airport and Mandalay International Airport are the main International gateways to Myanmar. You have various choices of transports, from motorbikes to airplanes to travel across Myanmar.
- Myanmar currency is known as “ Kyat “ which comprises 100 pyas. Foreigner are recommended to bring US Dollars into Myanmar.
- Myanmar requires a visa for all foreigners visiting the country.