Myanmar (Burma) Travel Information

Photo Welcome to Myanmar, It shares borders with Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh. Southern Myanmar borders the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The central part of the country is characterized by wide rivers and expansive plains. Mountains rise to the east along the Thai border and to the north to meet the eastern end of the Himalayan mountain range.
Although the weather varies throughout the different parts of the country. There are three distinct seasons: the cool, dry winter from November to February; the unpleasantly hot summer from March to May; and the wet, humid monsoon from May to October. November to February is the best time to visit.
Myanmar is blessed with natural scenic beauty making for landscapes that are incredibly picturesque. The country's great lakes, snowcapped mountains and unspoiled beaches are undoubtedly some of the most stunning, idyllic, and mystical places to be found anywhere on earth.
Art has been closely intertwined with religion and royalty in Burmese history. Temples, pagodas and palaces displayed the artistic skills of painters, wood carvers and sculptures. Temples and pagodas were traditionally built of brick and many are still standing. The great palaces, however, were made of wood, and only one badly-deteriorating example of these beautiful carved structures remains today.
Burmese is the predominant language and has its own alphabet and script. Though you're hardly going to have time to master the alphabet, it may be worth learning the numerals, if only so you can read the bus numbers. English is spoken by a few Burmans, particularly by the older generation.
Remember to keep in mind of you have any questions while your there to visit the tourism offices and they can give you up to date information.
authorities are responsible for roads in the major metropolitan areas. Rangoon's main roads are generally good. Traffic in the capital is increasing rapidly, but serious congestion is still rare. Slow-moving vehicles, bicycles, and heavy pedestrian traffic create numerous hazards for drivers on Rangoon's streets. Most roads outside Rangoon are one lane and a half, pot-holed, and unlit at night.

Important: Travel to Myanmar (Burma) may require a travel visa. Whether a visa is required for travel depends on citizenship and purpose of journey. Please be sure to review Travisa's Myanmar (Burma) visa instructions for details. Visa instructions for other countries are available on our do I need a visa page.

Country Statistics

Full country name: Union of Burma
Capital city: Rangoon
Area: 676,578 sq km
Population: 54,584,650
Ethnic groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%
Languages: Burmese
Religions: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4%
Government: nominally civilian parliamentary government took power in March 2011
Chief of State: President THEIN SEIN
Head of Government: President THEIN SEIN
GDP: 82.68 billion
GDP per captia: 1,300
Annual growth rate: 5.5%
Inflation: 5%
Agriculture: rice, pulses, beans, sesame, groundnuts, sugarcane
Major industries: agricultural processing
Natural resources: petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower
Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand
Trade Partners - exports: Thailand 36.7%, China 18.8%, India 14.1%, Japan 6.6%
Trade Partners - imports: China 38.8%, Thailand 22.6%, Singapore 9.7%, South Korea 5.4%, Malaysia 4.5%, Japan 4.1%