Best Time of Year to Visit Myanmar
Temperatures get extremely hot in Myanmar in the spring. From June to August temperatures are cooler, because of heavy rainfall. So, December and January get our vote as the best time of year to visit Myanmar.
Visit Myanmar – Visa Requirements
You need a tourist visa to enter Myanmar. You must get your visa before you arrive in the country. A photo, a letter of reference and supporting documentation to needed complete your visa requirements. Visa application information and forms are available from the Myanmar Government Website. Check your specific country at VisaHQ. For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Myanmar – Currency
It is best to travel with US dollars in cash when visiting Myanmar. There are no ATMs. Vendors rarely accept credit cards and travelers checks. Change a small amount of US$ to kyats for local spending money.
Electrical Adapters for Myanmar
When you Visit Myanmar, bring along every electrical adapter you can think of. Electrical sockets in use include North American two prongs, British three prongs Type G, European Type D and even Australian Type I.
The Pagan Kingdom in 1057AD established Buddhism as the main religion for Myanmar. The many temples in Myanmar show the influence of Buddhism over the centuries. Temples are called payas and pahtos, which are Burmese words meaning pagoda and temple. Pagodas are not just symbols of the past, as many new ones continue to be constructed in present times.
Spelling Variations of Myanmar Sites
Spelling of Myanmar sites and cities is a challenge, because difficulties with pronunciation create variations in names. Many places have several spellings. For example, the Irrawaddy River is also called the Ayeyarwady River. Yangon is the same as Rangoon. Mahamuni Paya is the same as Maha Myat Muni Pagoda. Get used to seeing the word “paya” for a pagoda or temple.
Burma became the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in 1989, but there has been significant protest over the name change. It is still common to refer to the country as Burma. The name Burma has been in use since the 1800s when the British exercised control. Myanmar has borders with India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. The Myanmar coastline covers the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
Naypyidaw is the capital of Myanmar, while Yangon is its largest city. About 60 million people live in Myanmar. Myanmar has received international attention for the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.