Myanmar

Introduction

History

The country shares its border with Laos, China, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh. Myanmar is also the house of more than 100 ethnic groups. Myanmar Travel Guide helps people to plan their trip in this magnificent country.

Yangon is one of the largest and the best city of Myanmar most of the visitors of the world visit this country once in a lifetime to get their trip completed. The city is full of with numerous parks; beautiful lakes, the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda and the bustling markets are exciting for the visitors to see. The pagoda contains many Buddhist leftovers that give a chance to take an idea about the history of a country.

The country is completely overwhelmed by western fashion; visitors can find women flabbergasted in traditional makeup, men wearing skirts such as longyi. Visitors can also see cart and horse in the rural areas of the country and can enjoy the scenery of the place while taking a ride on them. The people of the country still love to drink tea which is British Colonial affection. There are thousands of old-styled teahouses in this country to see.

Visitors can enjoy the by drifting down the Ayeyarwady river in an ancient river steamer, stake out a part of the beach on the amusing Bay of Bengal and by trekking through the minority villages sprayed across Shah hills to the beautiful pine forests.

The people of the country are hilarious, considerate, gentle, engaging, wistful and intrusive and it will be the best thing to meet with them. Visitors can find the diverse modern comforts in the country such as ATM’s, mobile phone coverage, internet access but the people of Myanmar remains the tribulation in the country.

The country has many beautiful cities to see such as Yangon, Mandalay, Play, Thandwe, and Bagan. All of these cities have different beautiful sites and delightful for everyone to visit while on a trip to Myanmar. There are also many restaurants which provide the various local dishes to the visitors.

ShwedagonPaya is the most popular tourist’s destination in the country. It is known as one of the most sacred Buddhism’s sites. It is located in the central Myanmar and also known as the golden palace. The exterior of the building is covered with gorgeous teak statues which represent Buddhist mythologies. Visitors can find a 325ft Jedi, decorated with gold leaf and thousands of diamonds and gems. The pagoda has the beautiful presence and attracts the most of the visitors.

Ayeyarwady River Cruise is a popular river vacation destination in Myanmar. Visitors can take a ride on the large boats and ships between Mandalay and Bagan. The visitors can also see beakless dolphins and many river villages and can travel through the deep gorges and forests. Many visitors from around the world love this place and come here to enjoy their vacation.

Mrauk U is also a famous site to visit in Myanmar. It has thick walls, initially thought to be a castle but the thick walls were made to shelter the temples of the place from the winds. Visitors can see various stone temples throughout the area of the town. They have to take a ride of four to seven hours of Kaladan River to get this remote location.

Myanmar Travel Guide provides the complete information regarding the different places of Myanmar which will help everyone to plan their vacation trip to this country.

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Climate Information:

  • Guide

    In Burma (or Myanmar), the climate is generally tropical, with a rainy season from mid-May to October due to the southwest monsoon, a cool and dry season from November to mid-February, and a hot pre-monsoon season from mid-February to the beginning or the middle of May.

    In addition, there are mountainous areas, with a mild or cool climate, but also a portion of the Himalayan in the far north, which is very cold, at least at hith altitude.

    The rains are very abundant along the coast, and are usually abundant in the mountain slopes, while some inland valleys and sheltered plains are almost dry.



Visa Information:

  • Visas

    Everyone requires a visa. Single-entry tourist visas last 28 days.

  • E-Visa

    Tourist visas (28 days) are valid for up to three months from the date of issue. Starting the process a month in advance is the safe bet; these days the processing can take anything between a day and a week.

    There are slight differences between the application procedures at Myanmar embassies in different countries. Some require two passport photos, others only one. Postal applications are usually OK, but it's best to check first with your nearest embassy about its specific application rules.

    If you’re already travelling, it’s possible to get a tourist visa at short notice from the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok (application 9am to noon, collection 3.30pm to 4.30pm).

  • Visa Extensions & Overstaying

    Some travellers extend their trips by overstaying their visa. This is not normally a problem, as long as you don't overstay for more than 14 days. You will be charged additional fee, at the airport or land border as you exit the country. The fine can be paid in kyat as well but it's important to have the correct amount as receiving change is unlikely.

    However, some hotels won't take guests who have overstayed their visas and domestic airlines may be unwilling to let you on planes. If you are overstaying, it's wise to stick with land routes and places within easy access of Yangon. There have been cases in the past of tourists being instructed to leave the country immediately if their visa has expired.



What to pack

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    Hundreds of thousands of people travel to experience the wonders of south-east Asia every single year, and understandably, Vietnam – the land of emerald waters, tropical islands and an exceptional history – is one of the top destinations in that part of the world. Although visitors may travel on a variety of budgets, trip durations and holidaying styles, here’s a list of essential items that should definitely be packed no matter what. Take a look at these 15 suggestions:

  • A Backpack

    Considering all the walking and traveling you will be doing, a thick-strapped backpack is necessary to carry all of your belongings, like a change of clothes, a water bottle, sunscreen and snacks for the day. Plus, if you make any purchases along the way, they can be stored safely in your pack instead of in plastic bags that would otherwise get in the way.

  • A Travel Pillow

    If you are planning on taking a number of trips around the country, prepare for hours upon hours of time spent on the road. These days, transport within Vietnam offers air-conditioning, but a travel pillow will aid you in getting that much needed shut-eye whilst in transit.

  • Ear Plugs

    Light sleepers should bring a pair of ear plugs with them to get a full night of restful sleep. Very cheap and effective, they are a way to ward off distracting snorers in shared hostel rooms, as well as that wailing baby on that long bus journey across the country.

  • A Quick-Dry Towel

    Not all hostels or hotels will provide towels free of charge, so a super lightweight and non-bulky option might be a good idea. A quick dry towel is an essential item that can really enhance your traveling experience, whether it is drying off after getting caught in torrential rain during the monsoon season or covering yourself after a swim.

  • Diarrhea Treatment

    There’s no getting away from it, at some point during your travels, it is likely that you will be hit by a stomach bug from drinking non-bottled water or simply eating something you’re not used to. Although most symptoms will pass quite quickly, it might be worthwhile to bring along travel remedies to speed up the recovery process when you’re in areas far away from a drug store.

  • Below-the-Knee Skirts or Trousers

    If you would like to get access to pagodas and temples, modest below-the-knee clothing is a must. Despite the heat, local men and women dress quite conservatively, and you should be expected to do the same by covering your shoulders and legs, especially when visiting sacred places and government buildings. Avoid 100% cotton garments as you are likely to be too hot and uncomfortable – the perfect balance being a blend of Rayon and Polyester.

  • Durable Shoes

    If you’re planning on doing a lot of trekking or hiking on your trip, a pair of durable closed-toe shoes will ensure that your feet remain blister-free and protected from the elements. Alternatively, opt for a comfortable flat sandal as sneakers may not be too kind to your feet in the warm weather.

  • Flip-Flops

    Alongside practical footwear, bring along a pair of flip-flops – or even better, purchase some once you’re there. Not only will these be easy to take off when visiting temples, certain bars and restaurants, but they will also allow your feet to breathe in the hot and humid weather. Avoid expensive footwear that might ‘walk away’ when you’re not looking.

  • Travel Adapter

    Thai sockets fit two plug types. However whilst your plug will work in Thailand, it is recommended you come prepared with a global adapter in case you have to travel through other countries.

  • Portable Phone Charger

    Pre-charged battery packs and portable phone chargers will save your life on that long bus or train ride. This is also essential if you plan on using your GPS a lot, meaning that your battery will burn down faster. After all, there’s nothing worse than being stranded in a place you don’t know.

  • Sun Protection and a Hat

    For protection from the powerful sun rays, opt for a high SPF solution or a spray. A wide-brimmed hat is also a must to ward away the dreaded sun-stroke.

  • A Light-Weight, Waterproof Jacket

    During the monsoon season, it is wise to bring a light jacket to protect you from the rain that can come and go in a flash. Or do as the locals do and opt for a plastic poncho, especially useful if you are planning on cycling or riding a motorbike.

  • Bug-Repellent

    Although malaria is rare and seldom found in most areas of Vietnam, Dengue fever can pose quite a problem – this is a viral infection that knows no bounds, with outbreaks in urban areas being quite common. Due to this, it is wise to carry a bottle of insect-repellent just in case. Try to remember to apply the mosquito repellent every morning before you head out for the day and to re-apply right before dusk.

  • Tiger Balm or Cortisone Cream

    If you do happen to get bitten by mosquitoes, tiger balm or cortisone cream can prevent the bites from getting infected. Rub it over the affected area to reduce aches, swelling and other discomfort.