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Yangon

Yangon is the capital and main city of Myanmar with over five million residents, and is surrounded by water on three sides. Formerly known as Rangoon, is a garden city of tropical lakes, with very few high rise buildings and a relaxed way of life compared to other major cities in Asia. Some of the finest architectural visuals in the city are the many British-era houses and government buildings, which were built between the mid-19th century and the outbreak of World War II in 1940. Glistening from every angle,the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda towers the city and is an absolute must on any visit. 

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Bagan

This once splendid and glorious capital of the First Myanmar Empire is an area with thousands of ancient pagodas, shrines, ordination halls and monuments. It is located at the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and can be described as one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Bagan offers various beauties of the sunrises and sunsets. The sunset cruise or hot air ballooning is also recommended for a different perspective  of Bagan. Exploring this magical land by bicycles or horse carts can also be a truly memorable expereince.

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Mandalay

Perhaps a city more famous for its surrounding areas of beauty and attractions such as Minguin, Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing, Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and also the last royal capital of Burma until 1885. Its history is a major feature of the city and should be explored on any visit. Being able to walk around will give you a great insight into the small monasteries in the back-streets or the range of arts performances and craft workshops available.

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Inle Lake (Shan State)

Inle Lake is amazingly picturesque- its peacefully calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes.  High hills roll from both sides of the lake and the lakeshore and lake islands encompass 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by Intha people. The floating gardens, floating farms, floating villages, the leg-rowers fishermen, ancient pagodas, the most famous Phaungdaw Oo pagoda and the jumping cats’ monastery should not be missed during the stay in Inle Lake. A must place to totally switch off and unwind. 

Key Facts

Weather

Kyat (pronounced Chat) is the local currency, however USD is widely accepted. When using USD, make sure the notes you use are brand new, a note with a slight crease is unlikely to be accepted. There are very few ATMs in the country so you will need to take cash with you. 

Currency

Kyat (pronounced Chat) is the local currency, however USD is widely accepted. When using USD, make sure the notes you use are brand new, a note with a slight crease is unlikely to be accepted. There are very few ATMs in the country so you will need to take cash with you. 

Electrics

Many hotels have two different sockets with many having the UK 3 flat pin as well as a 2 round pin. We recommend taking with a universal plug adaptor as this could change. 

Visa requirements

You can now apply for a visa before you go either in your home country at your Myanmar embassy or visit http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ for up to date information. Alternatively, if you are travelling visa Singapore or Bangkok, it is possible to receive a visa within 24 hours. Check for embassy opening times.

National Food & Drink

The core of the Myanmar diet is boiled rice, combined with a little spicy meat or fish and some vegetables.

Local Culture

The local culture has been heavily influenced by its Indian neighbours and its Buddhist population. The local dress worn by both men and woman is a sarong. 

Times zones

The time zone in Myanmar is (Myanmar Time) MMT which is +6.5 hours from GMT and +11.5 from EST. There are no daylight saving hours.

Language

Myanmar is the official language of the country. English is widely spoken and understood in the major tourist areas. 

Shopping

There are fantastic local markets and stalls in all cities where you can purchase your traditional Mynamr souvenirs such as puppets, or Myanmar textiles, lacquerware or art. 

History

Myanmar was occupied by the British after three Anglo-Myanmar Wars between 1824 to 1885 and during world war two, Myanmar was conquered by Japanese and then returned back to the British. In 1948, Myanmar gained back her independence. Today, Myanmar is now moving forwards to market-oriented economic system.

Transport

There is a domestic railroad system build by the British and a continually expanding airline and airport network to all major tourist destinations. 

Drinking Water

You should only drink sealed bottled water. Your hotel should provide you with this. When outside, ensure that the water you buy is sealed with a plastic cover to avoid contamination. 

Key dates

January 04 - Independence Day
February 12 - Union Day
April (check exact dates as varies) - Maha Thingyan (Water Festival) long holidays
May (check exact dates as varies) - Full Moon Day of Kasong
July (check exact dates as varies) - Full Moon Day of Waso (Beginning of Buddhist Lent)
October (check exact dates as varies) - Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (End of Buddhist Lent)
November (check exact dates as varies) - Full Moon of Tazaungmone
December 25 - Christmas Day

Top Things To Do

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda with its glittering gold stupa is a pinnacle of any visit to Yangon. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset views.

 

Bagan by Horse Cart

Bagan by Horse Cart

Spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples and take the horse-cart to the Shwesandaw Pagoda to see the sunset.

Tour of on Inle Lake

Tour of Inle Lake

Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river.

Tour of Mandalay and Surrounds

Tour of Mandalay and Surrounds

Included in this magical day must be a visit to alocal artisan’s workshops of gold leaf making, woodcarving and marble carving and seeing the Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings.

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