Myanmar Hotel Accommodation - Travel and Hotels Guide
Myanmar (formerly Burma), is one of the most exotic countries
in the world. It is well known as the Golden Land not only for its ancient
cultural and magnificent architectural heritages, but also for its rich
natural resources and diversity of beautiful attractions. This, combined
with a most gracious and hospitable people, makes Myanmar like no where
else on earth.
The term Myanmar embraces over 135 ethnic groups living together
and speaking their own dialects. The major ethnic races are Kachin, Kayah,
Karin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine & Shan live in seven states and seven
divisions in Myanmar.
Myanmar has a population of over 52 million and the Bamars make about
70%. Yangon, the capital and gate way to Myanmar, has a population of
nearly 6 million.
Over 89.3% of Myanmar embrace Theravada Buddhism and the rest practice
Christianity (5.6%), Islam (3.8%), Hinduism (0.5%) and Animism (0.2%).
The official language is Myanmar, the spoken language differs slightly
from region to region and the minority ethnic groups have their own languages
and dialects. English is spoken by many and is widely understood. Some
Myanmar know French, German, and Mandarin.
Myanmar lies between the two great civilizations of the world, India
and China, its culture is blend of both with the development of its own
distinctive characteristics. Buddhism has a great influence on daily life
of the Myanmar who preserve the traditions of close family ties, respect
for the elders and devotion to Buddhist teachings. Myanmar People are
known for their generosity, simple hospitality and with a blend of serenity
And friendliness. Bagan and Mandalay are the seats of Myanmar culture.
Myanmar enjoys a tropical with three distinct seasons: namely winter,
summer, and the rainy season. The winter, the best time to visit, is from
October to mid February, the dry season runs from mid February to mid
May, when the humidity builds up before the rains begin. The rainy season
commences with the Southwest Monsoon, which lasts from middle of May to
the middle of October.
Myanmar currency is Kyat, which is divided into 100 Pyas. The Kyat notes
are issued in Denominations of 1,5, 10, 15, 20, 45, 50, 90, 100, 200,
500 and 1000. Foreign Exchanged Certificates, equivalent to US Dollars,
are issued in denominations of 1,5,10 and 20.FECs can be purchased with
Us Dollars or Pounds Sterling. . It can be accepted by hotels, airlines,
admission fees to museums and pagodas, travel agents, taxis and restaurants.
Try to arrange your journey to coincide with a festival. These celebrations-such
as Ananda Pagoda Festival, Thingyan-Water Festival and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Festival, etc. offer a perfect chance to join the locals as they celebrate
their festivals throughout the year. Contact us for the latest festival
Casual and light clothing is recommended for all year round in Myanmar.
Raincoat, light sweater or jacket will be useful during the monsoon and
cold season. A heavy sweater is also required for traveling in hilly regions
like Northern and Eastern areas. Most Myanmar people appreciate the decent
dress in the precincts of religious buildings. Ladies should not wear
shorts or bra-less shirts or sleeveless blouses in such places. Sandals
or slippers are convenient as shoes and socks/stockings must be removed
when entering the precincts of Pagodas and monasteries.
Yangon, the capital city, is the main gateway to Myanmar. Evergreen
and cool with lush tropical trees, shady parks and beautiful lakes, Yangon
has earned the name of "Garden City of the East". Yangon was
founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small village called Dagon
when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. The name Yangon means "End
of Strike" which was anglicized to Rangoon. The present day Yangon
covers over 350 sq.km and has a population of over 5 million. Yangon is
located in the southeastern part of Ayeyarwaddy Delta, particularly at
the junction of Pan-Hlaing Yangon River, Ngamoeyeik Pazundaung
creek and Bago River. All these rivers and streams have the sources in
the southern part of Bago Yoma with the mixture of the unmistakable cultural
structures colonial style buildings and modern vitality among the many
shady parks and beautiful lakes which forms its land mark. For a tourist,
once in Myanmar it is a must to have an excursion to the famous Shwedagon
Pagoda, the world famous stupa via Kaba Aye Pagoda and Mahapasana Cave,
recently built Buddha Tooth Relic Pagoda, Sasana Thetkatho (Religious
University) and Kyauk Taw Gyi Huge marble image. Other sights are Chauk
Htat Gyi: Huge Reclining Buddha Image, Karaweik Royal Barge in serene
Kandawgyi (Royal Lake), National Museum and Bogyoke Market. One fullday
sightseeing completely covers major highlights in Yangon.
The last capital of Myanmar Kingdom is in Central Myanmar, 416 miles due
north of Yangon. Also known as Ratanabon-Napyidaw (meaning Gem City),
it was built in 1857 by King Mindon. At present, it is the second capital
and the place where one will come closest to the real Myanmar. Being rich
in monasteries and pagodas and temple resources of Myanmar arts and architechture,
it is known as the center of Myanmar culture. It is also the commercial
centre with rail, road, river and air links to all parts of the country.