Myanmar Travel Guide: Things to Do, Eat, Tour, Accommodation & Cost

Last Updated: July 14,2020

Myanmar at A Glance

Name of the countryRepublic of the Union of MyanmarMajor ReligionTheravāda Buddhism
Official languagesBurmeseArea
676,578 km
Largest cityYangonPopulation53,582,855 (2017)
Capital cityNay Pyi Taw (since 2005), former Yangon (Rangon)CurrencyKyat (K) (MMK) 
Major citiesOld Bagan, Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, BagoTime zoneUTC+06:30 (MMT)
Calling Code+95
State Seal
ContinentSoutheastern Asia
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Pyu city-states, BaganTemperature21 °C - 32 °C (i.e. 70 °F - 89.6 °F)
Traditional festivalsThingyan (Burmese New Year)Famous peopleAung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize 1991)

Best Time to Visit Myanmar

For most area of Myanmar, the best time for travelling is from November to February. During these months, the temperature is managable for outdoor activities. Rain is relatively less. It's neither too hot to walk around the street and park due to the cool breeze.

From late April to September, the whole country will come to the hot season. Intense heat and surging humidity will bring some trouble. Some places will encounter sudden rainstorm.  During this time, places like Ngapali Beach will even be closed without access to roads.

Best Things to Do in Myanmar

Count your step in U-Bein Bridge

Built in 1850, U-Bein Bridge is 1.2 kilometers long, extending from one end of Taungthaman Lake to the other. The bridge is the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world.

It is a very lively bridge despite its age. You'll see children running around, lovers leaning each other and visitors took their stunning photos. The cool breeze through your skirt is something you will love. The best time is at sunset.

E-bike Tour Around Bagan

Bagan's 2,000-odd temples range in size and grandeur, spread across an area of 40 square miles.

Riding an electric bike to get around Bagan is the best way to experience this magic park. You can choose when to stop and where you want to stop.

Take hot-air balloons

It's nearly impossible to picture Bagan without hot air balloons beautifully clouding the historic horizon. Bagan's balloons have become an iconic symbol of the region, and have carried many travelers on soaring adventures of a lifetime.

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