Burma

Note: Myanmar has been opened for tourism just 2-3 years ago after political changes. For close to 60 years this country has been isolated from the world and results are visible on every step. Mobile phone network just starting operation in certain areas only, limited number of foreign operators has roaming with Burma, ATMs, internet access are still very limited, there is no international clinics or PHOTO NBR Myanmar _ 32 hospitals, it’s extremely difficult to find English speaking doctors, and still tourist movement is controlled by army, tourists need army approval for every itinerary, all tourists from Europe n America need visa which takes at least 2 weeks. Faster visa can be obtain in Bangkok only. Restaurants with western food are still rare and still very few people speaks English.

Because of above reasons all tourist must be prepared that travelling to Burma must agree for several inconveniences. Nothing can be arranged “last minute”. Trips to Myanmar must be planned well ahead! Incentive organizers “must forget” about usual high demand due to completely lack of experience of hotel staff, restaurants, local ground handlers. 

There is only one positive “side effect” of ruling country by military junta. It’s one of safest countries in the World with almost zero crime so tourist can feel and travel safe!



Myanmar (Burma) is a truly lush destination relatively untouched by tourism, offering a rare window into a less urbanized biodiverse landscape of Southeast Asia. Burma is expansive country, stretching from the sparkling islands of the Andaman Sea in the south right up into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. Burma has a heritage dating back over two thousand years, and is home to over 135 different ethnic groups, a diversity that sometimes results in tension. 

Best time to visit: 

Myanmar has a monsoon climate with three main seasons. The hottest period is between February and May, when there is little or no rain and temperatures can rise above 40°C. The rainy season is generally from May to October, giving way to dry, cooler weather from October to February. The coast and the mountains see significantly more rainfall than the arid central plains, which include Mandalay and Bagan, and roads can become impassable during the rainy season in those areas. 

Overall, the best months to visit are from November to February. The only notable downside (other than the fact that places are busy with other tourists) is that river travel can be slow as water levels are low, meaning that boats have to travel more slowly; this is particularly notable on long journeys as ferries cannot travel overnight for fear of being grounded on sandbanks. 

Most recommended places ( attractions) to be visited: 

Visit amazing, amazing, amazing cities: Bagan and Mandalay with countless numbers of Buddhist temples and pagodas. PHOTO NBR Myanmar -33 PHOTO NBR Myanmar -34 Inle Lake : a busy tourist industry has grown up on beautiful Inle Lake, which has several resorts on the water, as well as in the nearby town of Nyaungshwe (which provides more affordable accommodation). Long motorised boats take day-trippers to thriving markets, interesting little workshops in stilt villages, and ruined temples. 

Buddhist festivals : Catch one of Myanmar's frequent Buddhist festivals, many timed to coincide with the full moon. Highlights include: Amanda Pagoda Festival in January/February; Pindaya Cave Festival in March; Maha Thingyan (New Year) in March; and Thihoshin Pagoda Festival, Pakkoku, in June/July.

“Lost cities” : Take a day trip from Mandalay to several former royal capitals. Sagaing has appealing hillside pagodas, while the highlight at Inwa is a 19th century teak monastery. Teak was also used to build the long U Bein Bridge in Amarapura, which is very photogenic at sunrise and sunset. Alternatively take a river trip to Mingun to see the world's largest intact hung bell. 

Irrawaddy River. It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the Irrawaddy River, which winds its way south through pretty much the length of the country, and a trip on the river offers the chance to see small riverside settlements. Tourist boats ply the Mandalay-Bagan route, while you can meet locals on ferries between Yangon and Pathein. 

Attend performances of Burmese traditional popular theatre, known as pwe (show). Performances take place in religious festivals, weddings, sporting events or even funerals, and sometimes last for an entire night. 

See traditional dance forms (nat pwes), which pay homage to the spirit world, and catch some marionette theatre (yok– thei pwe), widely practiced during the late 18th century in Mandalay. 

Explore Burma's rich opportunities for ecotourism, trekking and safaris. The best parks include the Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park (northwest of Monywa); Hlawga National Park (near Yangon); Popa Mountain Park (central Myanmar); Lampi Island (Myeik Archipelago); and Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary (located in Minbu). 

Enjoy water sports on Burma's lovely beaches. Popular spots include: Kanthaya Beach (Rakhine coast); Maung– ma– gan Beach (Taninthayi coast in the south); Ngapali Beach (Rakhine coast); and Chaung– tha Beach (west of Pathein). 

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