Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is described as “The Golden Land” with tens of thousands of pagodas. With a total size of 676,577 sq. km, it is sandwiched between India & China, two of Asia’s great civilisations. According to historical records, early civilization in Myanmar dates back to the 1st Century with archaeological evidences. The first Myanmar Empire was founded in 11th century by King Anawrahta. Throughout the years great kingdoms came and went until the third Myanmar Empire fell 1885 in the hands of the British. Finally, Myanmar regained its independence in 1948. Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious & undiscovered destinations in the world. It is endowed with majestic golden pagodas, wonderful historical monuments, vast teak forests, beautiful snow-capped mountains, mighty large rivers, pristine unspoilt beaches and undiscovered places of eco-tourism. Above all, Myanmar offers visitors a unique opportunity coupled with the warmest welcome of the incredibly hospitable & friendly people.
Climate & Weather
Myanmar has three seasons : Cool Season – October through February with average temperatures 20-24°C. Hot Season – March through May with average temperatures 30-35°C. Rainy Season – June through September with average temperature 25-30°C. The ideal time to visit Myanmar is during the cool season. However, even during the rainy season, Yangon normally receives morning and afternoon showers while rainfall in Bagan and Mandalay is very low.
Theravada Buddhism is the predominant religion with over 80% of the people embracing it. There are also Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists.
Myanmar people can be divided into four ethnological groups -Tibeto-Burman, Mon-Khmer, Austro-Thai and Karennic. The Bamar make up the majority of the population of over 53 million. Myanmar is the home of colourful diverse ethnic groups-8 major and 135 minor national races-who live in harmony with each other.