Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of 135 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
Myanmar has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons: hottest season (From March to May), rainy season (From June to October) and the cool season (From November to February).
March until May is intensely hot in most of the cities especially in upper Myanmar (the area around Mandalay and Bagan), June to October is the monsoon season with high rainfall and November to February is warm to hot during the day and the air is relatively dry but it’s cool at night.
In the highlands such as Inle Lake and Pyin U Lwin, winter temperatures can fall below 10°C at night, while daytime temperatures tend to be very pleasant. Even in the summer, temperatures rarely rise above 32°C. Near the Indian border in Kachin State, there are mountains which are permanently snowcapped throughout the year.
Times to visit and regional variations
The most comfortable time to visit is during the cool season, which is also the least humid time of year and has the clearest air – however, this is also the peak tourist season. If you can put up with the heat and/or rain, then you will find it easier (and often cheaper) to book accommodation outside the cool season, and there will be less crowds at popular destinations.
Myanmar has plenty of natural resources such as oil and gas, various minerals, precious stones and gems, timber and forest products, hydropower potential and etc., Myanmar is also a world leader of valuable minerals such as gold, gemstones, jade, diamonds, rubies and sapphires.
Myanmar has 135 distinct ethnic groups acknowledged by the government, in which there are 8 officially national races namely Kachin, Kayah, Kayin (Karen), Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhaine and Shan. There are four main religions in Myanmar; Buddhism, Christian, Muslim and Hindus. Among them, Buddhism is the majority religion. Buddhism in Myanmar is predominantly of the Theravada tradition, practiced by 89% of the country’s population and it’s the most religious Buddhist country in South East Asia. Merit making is the most common path undertaken by Burmese Buddhists.
Culture and Tradition
Burmese people are generally hospitable, friendly, and kind-hearted and will do as best they can to make you feel welcome in their country.
Myanmar (Burmese) is the country’s official language, though English is widely spoken in large towns. However, there are also many languages and dialects one of the 135 different national races.
The traditional costume of men and women of Myanmar is Longyi and they also wear flip-flops. But in nowadays, young people from large cities wear casual clothes.
Health and Food Hygiene
In summer, the whole country can be hot especially in upper Myanmar temperature can be around 40 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The heat can be a hazard to travelers who are not familiar with such high temperatures. It can lead to dehydration with fast heartbeat, fatigue and queasiness. To prevent this from happening, we arrange sightseeing more in the mornings and evenings. Besides, you are advised to make sure water is within easy reach all the time and avoid drinking high-protein and alcoholic beverages and just drink fruit juices and sports drinks. Actually this is the excellent time to visit the beaches and northern parts of Myanmar which have fresher and cooler weather.
It is a well-known fact that food hygiene in most of small cities are rather weak. To avoid stomach disorder, we strongly suggest not to try unclean street foods during the trip especially for those who are unfamiliar with local food.
Qualified doctors are not hard to find in major cities but if you are on medication, please bring along sufficient supply of drugs suggested by your doctor. During your stay with us, your guide and Asia EZ Travel consultant will always be ready to assist you and make you feel warm.
For Safety reason, clients should not go out very late at night to avoid unforeseen circumstances.
It is recommendable to buy own travel insurance from your own country as Myanmar travel agents could not provide it because of current lack of high-standard support in Myanmar.
Currency and Exchange
Enough bar-geld (Dollars with big notes and Euro) are recommended to bring during the visit in Myanmar. ATM machines may be some times out of money and out of service. There are exchange counters everywhere in Yangon and Mandalay. You can also change money at the hotels and use credit cards at the hotels and some restaurants.
Mode of Transport
Flight is the best option in terms of time and convenience. For the travelers who do not wish to take flight for money and other concerns, I recommend air-con buses in terms of more reasonable price. Bus Facilities and roads are in good condition. Trains are just very basic condition and tourists who wish to expect good facilities and services, I do not recommend it.
Ambulance – 192
Fire – 191
Police – 199
For different kinds of souvenir, gems and local products, I recommend Boyoke Market in down town Yangon. A lot of shopping options are available in Yangon before saying goodbye to Myanmar.
You can also buy other local products in other respective destinations. Please note that they are all available also in Yangon.
What to wear
Tourists can wear casuals except religious places such as pagodas, temples and monastery etc. At those places, you should wear suitable blouse, shirt and long pants, especially for women.
You should bring together your regular medicines and vaccines from your home countries. A lot of pharmacies are widely located in Yangon and Mandalay and you can get different kinds of medicine worldwide. In Mandalay and Bagan, medicine resources are limited.
Some countries do not need visa any more to visit to Myanmar and Most of the countries can apply E Visas. You can check the necessary information under https://evisa.moip.gov.mm