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  • Background info
  • Festivals Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 Myanmar
    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 . ...