Introducing the country

With beautiful temples and stunning pagodas, Myanmar is home to a whole host of Buddhist culture. Hills, valleys and mountain ranges encircle the country which borders the Andaman Sea, and the people ...

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With beautiful temples and stunning pagodas, Myanmar is home to a whole host of Buddhist culture. Hills, valleys and mountain ranges encircle the country which borders the Andaman Sea, and the people here are some of the friendliest you'll find.

100 national groups make up the 51 million people that call Myanmar home. Myanmar sits beside India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand, and many of its cultural influences come from its neighbours. When it comes to food, the Chinese, Indian and Thai influences are particularly obvious.

Myanmar is a hub of political history. Ruled by military junta for nearly 50 years, the country was long regarded as a pariah state. In 2011 it elected its first non-military president since the 1960s. Tourism, alongside investment and trade, has risen drastically since 2011, which is certainly helping to put Myanmar on the map.

 

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Best way to get around

Taxi

Taxis are cheap and reliable, though it is recommended to book one from your hotel rather than pick one up on the street.

Train

Whilst not renowned for their speedy service or comfortable seating, trains offer the best method of transport for longer journeys.

Plane

Plane is by far the quickest option to travel around Myanmar and airline tickets can usually be booked with a travel agent.