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General Informaiton

With Myanmar gradually opening up, now is the time to visit and the best way to do this is to study up on the place beforehand and be prepared. Have a read through our information below and beef up your knowledge about our beautiful, golden country, Myanmar.

Myanmar at a Glance

Official NameRepublic of the Union of Myanmar
Area676,000 sq. km
Capital CityNay Pyi Taw
Commercial CityYangon (former Capital City)
Population51 million (Source: Census in Myanmar, 2004)
GeographyLocated in South East Asia bordering China on the North and North East, Laos on the East, Thailand on the South East, Bangladesh on the West and India on the North West
Coastline1,930 km contiguous along the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea
Border CountriesChina (2,192 km), Laos (224 km), Thailand (2,096 km), India (1,331 km), Bangladesh (256 km)
Official LanguageMyanmar
RecognisedKachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan
Regional Languages ReligionBuddhism (87.9%), Christianity (6.2%), Islam (4.3%), Hinduism (0.5%), Tribal religions (0.8%), other religions (0.2%), and no religion (0.1%) (Source: Census in Myanmar, 2004)
Ethnic groups135 distinct ethnic groups
ClimateMyanmar has three seasons as follows:
  • Rainy season is from June to October with heavy rainfall from June to August for long periods of time, and moderate or low rainfall from September to October
  • Cool season from November to February with the least humid time of the year and the clearest air
  • Hot season from March to May with being the hottest time of the year
Local TimeUTC + 6:30
Country Phone Code+95
CurrencyMyanmar Kyat (K) – MMK
Credit CardsAirlines, major hotels and supermarkets accept payment by Visa and Master cards. Credit cards are accepted in major cities only. Cash withdrawal from ATMs by Master and Visa cards with local currency are now available. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted.
Business HoursGovernment Offices 09:00 - 17:00 hrs (closed on Saturdays and Sundays) Banks 09:00 - 17:00 hrs (closed on Saturdays and Sundays) Post Office 09:30 hrs - 16:30 hrs (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
TippingNot compulsory but recommended in addition to hotel and restaurant service charges shown on bills
NightlifeLimited to major cities only
Electricity230V, 50Hz
Electrical OutletsType C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin), Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth), Type G (Irish/British 3-pin). Universal travel adapter is recommended.
FoodA vast variety of choices ranging from Asian style and Western style with different tastes such as spicy, hot, sour and so on
TransportationMyanmar has various modes of transportation as follows:
  • Airlines – air travel is the best way for travellers to visit Myanmar with air access to almost all major tourist destinations
  • Trains – major cities and towns can be reached by trains but it is not as enjoyable and long overnight journeys are not recommended to travel by railway. Only circular train in Yangon is a good idea to try local train experience.
  • Express buses – express buses are the best value for money when trying to get around Myanmar with comfortable seats, water, snack and blanket provided, especially for overnight express buses.
  • Cars – cars are great for families and those who would like freedom and flexibility to go around Myanmar.
  • Bicycle – a great way to get around and good exercise too. E-bike can be opted to rent if biking is too tiring for you, especially in Bagan.
  • Motorcycles – suitable to drive to hidden waterfalls, far-flung pagodas and so on but take extra care with motorcycles
  • Boats and cruises – the best way to explore beautiful rivers and lakes
PhotographyPhotography in airports, railway stations and near any military base is forbidden. Please use discretion when photographing people. For close-up shots always ask first.