Info to make your holiday a success.What makes Myanmar (Burma) different to other tour destinations is the unique cultural background from about 135 different ethnicities reaching deep into India, China, Malaya and Negritos of the south sea.
More 2000 km coastline with plenty of tropical beaches along the main coast and on around 1000 islands scattered in the Andaman Sea off the southern coast plus great mountains are also not so bad.
The country has all possible temperature and climate zones, from the icy glaciers of the north in Kachin State which are an extension of the Tibetan Himalayas to the tempered environment of Shan State with hills, Inle Lake and an average of 1000 m height, see the travel pictures for more. The tropical climate covers the center and all the way down until the south tip at Kawthaung, read more.
West coast at Ngapali Beach >
|Dry Central Region|
West coast at Ngapali Beach >
|East at Inle Lake|
Best are aircraft, in remote areas this is the only solution anyway. There are several domestic airlines starting every day from Yangon airport domestic and international.
Here are plenty of great travel pictures
Myanmar travel pictures here are plenty of informative and
colorful pictures from a great country. Enjoy the scenes they will tell
you better that most written content.
Maha Muni Temple in Mandalay, this temple is the most
venerated in the second biggest city of the country. Visiting is highly
recommended otherwise you really miss a important part of your trip.
|Shwe in bin monastery Mandalay|
For meditation it's mainly Yangon and Sagaing, monasteries are everywhere. They also have a touristic component because if you are somewhere in a remote corner and cant find accommodation ask for at the next monastery they let you stay there.
|Tour Myanmar at Mingun|
|Information about pagodas|
Actually there is plenty of information available at many small book shops along Bogyoke Aung San Street opposite the market but most are in the local language only. They also sell various maps, it makes sense to buy one for a better understanding.
|Myanmar information on daily life|
|Kandawgyi palace hotel|
Means here you are always up to date if you want to be. The main problem is the electricity, the big houses have their own generator, but at smaller places it can be a bit difficult, especially during the day, read more.
They have often not a good standard, but in bigger cities such as Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and at the sea-fronts of Ngapali, Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha are even some luxury hotels. There are also plenty of guesthouses and family run places with up to around 15 rooms which are quite Ok and not expensive. When on a adventure trip in remote areas and no accommodation available check for the next monastery, they are usually positive to have you stay for some days, when you leave don't forget some donations. When in the wilderness the tour operator will take some tents, food and a cook with, means no starving.
|Visit south Myanmar islands|
The country borders Thailand to the east, Bangladesh and India to the north east plus China to the north.
Beaches are real highlights of the country and there are thousands on the mainland and on the islands in the Bay of Bengal and in the Myeik Archipelago all the way down to Kawthaung in south Myanmar. Most prominent is Ngapali for beach holiday in the North West close to Bangladesh but it is difficult to travel, best by aircraft. Other beaches are Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha west of Yangon via road travel of about 5 hours. Since they improved the road there is no problem to drive there anymore. The most interesting are the island waterfronts but it is difficult to reach them, read more.
The Myeik archipelago lies off the south west coast down to Kawthaung with almost thousand islands, this has a great tourist potential once the area is opened completely and developed. This coast strip is known as Tenasserim or Thanintharyi. It is thinly populated and it has never played any substantial part in holiday and travel or any development of the country. The hills reach down in a narrowing peninsula to Victoria Point - or Kawthaung , the southernmost limit, read more.
Now travel to Burma and touch down in the "Golden Land".
First thing, don't change money at the airport, the rate is not good at all, for the start take some small dollar bills with, change downtown at the Bogyoke Market inside. Don't use the banks at the front, since the employees there either sleeping or do strange tricks. They only take totally clean and undamaged dollar bills, if there is even the slightest problem such as something written at the note or the paper is broken at the fold, which is rather natural they wont take it. This effects many people very seriously who simply don't know about, read more.
Beside of this little things there are no bigger problems anymore.
|Arriving at Yangon airport|
|Myanmar information at Yangon airport|
To make orientation easy for you we included the map at the right, just open it up and type in any destination, you will find it immediately, here are highlights of Yangon city.
Visit a local agent for lazy holiday or travel adventure.
They have a usual itinerary which is called Burma classic, the well known travel triangle Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and back. But it also has something to do with classical dancing and music which is very special. But the best for sure is click at banner from Asian Trails which is on top and let them work it out, they are travel expert and will keep away all trouble from you. At least when you visit the first you should take a package otherwise you miss a lot.
Myanmar holiday insurance
Before you travel buy a travel insurance and you are a bit on the safe side for the journey. But in any case talk with your local insurance what to do, this makes some sense because they are locally available, their connection to handle this is a Thai company.
About nightlife in Yangon and elsewhere, most people don't know that there is a vibrant nightlife scene with great bars, shows, restaurants, nightclubs, karaoke, sexy local made fashion shows shows plus native dancing, marionettes and puppet shows.
Several big hotels and at other places downtown are good clubs and all variants of crossover.
Myanmar nightlife show
Nightlife is quite interesting, it's not on a scale such as Bangkok but there is an amazing amount of bars, nightclubs, pubs, shows, discos, karaoke and more. As it is in every excellent oriental city the "butterflies" are around in all mentioned places above, read more.
Pretty Myanmar girls who help they men drinking, singing and find other pleasure afterwards are plenty. This are mainly local run businesses the bars and pubs in the hotels are just the same as everywhere without a local flavor.
The biggest city is Yangon visually dominated by the great Shwedagon Pagoda. It is said that the pagoda is around 2000 years old. This is an old fashioned metropolis with an oriental colonial style and the best bazaar in the country with is the Bogyoke Market named after the father of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, read more.
Myanmar holiday travel will be the experience of a lifetime.
Journeys could be very divers since the climate zone is from icy peaks in the Kachin State to the tropical beaches of the Andaman Sea in the rest of the country. That is holiday travel at it's best since it also includes a temperate part which is in Shan State with around thousand meters elevation including the great Inle Lake district with leg lower and floating gardens, read more.
It is hidden away in the folds of mountains which reach down like the fingers of a hand from the heights of the Himalayas to the sea, it has had leisure to develop a character and a personality of its own.
Its best friends in this sense have been these mountains, which have protected it on the one hand from the aggression of Indian invaders, on the other from the enormous absorbing power of China, read more.
|High end Myanmar jewelry|
|Buddhist Art Painting|
About Buddhist art in Myanmar as statues, wood carvings, paintings, sculptures, images and wall murals.