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Myanmar

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Long cut off from the outside world, Myanmar is one of the world’s least western countries and has somehow retained an air of otherworldly beauty. You can’t put your finger on it; maybe it’s the spiritual connection everywhere you turn. The land, the river, the hushed temples, the spires of golden shrines glinting on distant hilltops – everything feels sacred and divine; engulfing you in a time and place that you never thought existed. A land of timelessness and spirituality; it’s the place for those wishing to truly experience a country and people in their natural form.

Myanmar Quick Facts

Official Name: Union of Myanmar (formerly Burma)
Capital: Naypyidaw
Population: 57 million
Total Area: 676,577 sq km
Currency: Kyat (pronounced “chat”)
Official Language: Myanmar
         

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Myanmar Climate

Average Temperature – 20°C – 35°C
Average Rainfall – 5,000mm (coastal region) / less than 1,000mm (central region)
Average Humidity – 66-82%

The best time to visit Myanmar is between mid-October and mid-February, when temperatures average around 24°C and the least rainfall is expected.

March to May is the hottest period with temperatures at 30°C to 35°C, April being the hottest month of the year throughout the country.

Myanmar ‘s rainy season is during the southwest monsoon from mid-May to mid-October with average temperatures 25-30°C.

The northern and north-eastern regions enjoy pleasant temperature year-round with coldest months from December to February.

                   

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Myanmar Top Ten Destinations

Yangon (formerly Rangoon)

Myanmar’s commercial capital; an exotic city with wide streets, colonial architecture and evergreens, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the sightseeing highlight of any Yangon stay; this immense pagoda dominates the Yangon skyline, sitting 100m above the city on a hilltop.

Kyaiktiyo

One of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist sites. The Kyaiktiyo Stupa sits atop an impressive gold-leafed boulder balancing on a cliffs edge at the top of Mt Kyaiktiyo. You may like to try hiking the 12kms to the site, or choose to take transportation leaving only a 30min walk to reach the top.

Mandalay

Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay is a hot, dusty city with bustling streets and a lively cultural scene. Mandalay Fort, Palace and Hill are among the city’s highlights. It’s the ‘ancient cities’ like Amarapura or Mingun, which surround Mandalay that are the real heroes of your visit to this area.

Bagan (formerly Pagan)

Arguably one of Asia’s most magnificent sights, Bagan doesn’t disappoint. This ancient capital sits on the edge of the Ayeyawaddy River, covers an area of 42 square kilometeres, is home to over 2,000 well-preserved pagodas and temples built between the 11th and 13th centuries. A site words cannot describe, truly a must see.

Mt Popa (pronounced “Bopa”)

Lying 50kms from Bagan, Mt Popa is an extinct volcano said to have erupted for the last time over 320,000 years ago. Today visitors ascend the 1,500m up steps to take in views over the plains of Bagan and visit the temple atop, said to be the home of many nats (spirits). (Beware of the hoards of monkeys – they are smarter than they look)

Inle Lake

Unlike anything most visitors have seen Inle Lake, situated in the north east of Myanmar near the Thai border, is 22km long, 10km wide and 900m above sea level. The lake is not only home to over 30 hill tribes living in the mountains; it also hosts fascinating floating villages and farms.

Pindaya

Located a short distance from Pindaya town, the Pindaya Cave is home to over 8,000 Buddha images and a place of worship and veneration. Since the 11th Century people have been leaving Buddha images made in various shapes, sizes and materials in the nooks and corners of this vast cavern.

Sittwe

Developed as a trading port around 200 years ago during British occupation, international trade flourished. Nowadays fishing is the main occupation in this city. There’s a large market and interesting State Museum and Buddhist Museum to visit but mostly Sittwe is used as a base for visits upriver to Mrauk Oo.

Mrauk Oo

A fascinating ancient capital, this area was once an independent state which played an important role in the exchange of cultures and religions between India and South East Asia. Now visited for the incredible archaeological sites and temples of unique design, Mrauk Oo exudes feelings of being completely in another world.

Ngapali & Ngwe Saung Beaches

For those travellers who really want to experience the true meaning of the word ‘relax’. These beaches are quiet, removed from the crowds and pristine to the point of astonishment, but maybe not for long. Resorts are good with all the necessary facilities, but still little exists outside the resorts.

         

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