Basic information

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a gorgeous country in Southeast Asia on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It neighbours India, China, Laos, Bangladesh, and Thailand. It is still untouched by tourism. Due to the country’s isolation and insufficient modernisation, many monuments have retained their secrets, begging for exploration. The most beautiful city is Bagan, a site where more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries were built between the early 11th century until the end of the 13th century. Over 2,200 ancient buildings have survived in the city to this day. Since 2019, Bagan has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Breath-taking scenery, bamboo houses, and floating farms are the main attractions during the voyage on the second-largest lake in Myanmar, Lake Inle. You should definitely not miss the modern city of Yangon with the largest concentration of colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia, nor Mandalay, distinguished by its cultural diversity. Local people will smile at you in every corner of the country. Women and children frequently wear thanaka – a yellowish face paste which has been made from the wood of several trees for more than 2000 years. The cream keeps the skin smooth and protects against UV damage.

Weather and location

Myanmar is a large country, and therefore the temperatures may vary dramatically. In general, temperatures and humidity are lower at higher altitudes. Three seasons alternate there. The cold season lasts from November until February, with warm and dry weather during the day. The warm season between March and May brings higher temperatures, but is still dry. And the rainy season, lasting from June to October, brings frequent rainfall, with the highest levels being in Yangon. We therefore recommend travelling to Myanmar between November and May.

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