• Background info
  • Festivals Burma
    Burma is a land of festivals. Almost every day there is a festival somewhere (pwe). There are festivals with a Buddhist background, festivals devoted to nats (spirits), festivals with local significance and national holidays. Most ...
  • Food and drinks Burma
    Burma has no culinary quality cuisine such as that of China, Thailand and India. It's more a peoples' kitchen. However, in the Burmese kitchen things are taken from other cuisines, such as the spices of ...
  • Landscape Burma
    Burma, since 1989 officially called Myanmar, is the largest country in Southeast Asia, with an area of 668,000 km ² (16 times the size of the Netherlands for example). Several cities have been renamed: Pegu ...
  • Population Burma
    The population is estimated around 50 million inhabitants. The majority of the population live from agriculture and 70% live in rural areas. The capital Yangon has about four million inhabitants. There are several other cities ...
  • Religion Burma
    If you are travelling to Myanmar you will naturally come into contact with Buddhism. Everywhere you see the monks, nuns and pagodas. Approximately 85% of the population are followers of Theravada Buddhism. Buddhism is not ...
  • Tipping Burma
    Tips are very common in Asia, but not generally in Myanmar. For waiters, luggage porters, maids, bus drivers, taxi drivers and tour guide gratuities are a nice addition to their meager wages. Small gifts are ...
  • Weather and climate Burma
    Most of Myanmar has a tropical climate which is determined by the southwest monsoon. The months of February to April, especially in the lowlands, are hot and dry. During this period, temperatures can rise well ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Burma
    visa: To enter Myanmar you need to have a touirsit visa. You are best arranging this in advance of travel, either through your nearest Myanmar embassy or through a specialist visa provider such as travcour. This ...
  • Communication Burma
    Posting mail from Myanmar to Europe takes about a week (if sent from Yangon). Sending mail from smaller towns takes longer and is not always reliable. In principle, all incoming and outgoing mail is checked ...
  • Luggage and clothing Burma
    Myanmar is a tropical country. Therefore, take thin clothes. For evening, a high-necked T-shirt with long sleeves or a thin cotton sweater is handy as protection against mosquitoes. For travel in the months from November ...
  • Money Burma
    The national currency in Myanmar (MMK) is the Kyat, divided into 100 pyas. There are notes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kyat. Coins are actually worthless and are rarely ...
  • Time differences Burma
    The local time in Myanmar is GMT + 6 hrs 30 mins, with no daylght saving. To check current times please check a site such as timeanddate . ...

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