Total area: 676,578 km2
Population: 55,400,000 (2009 estimate)
Currency: kyat (K)
Official language: Burmese
Governement: Presidential republic, military dictatorship
Internet TLD: .mm
Calling code: +95
Myanmar is a country located in Southeast Asia. The country shares borders with Chine to the northeast, Laos to the east, Thailand to the southeast, Bangladesh to the west, India to the northwest, and the Bay of Bengal to the southwest; it is bound by Andaman Sea. Myanmar is the second largest country in Southeast Asia in terms of geographical area.
Traveling to Myanmar is not only a voyage into a different geographic region, but also very similar to traveling back in time. A beautiful tourist area located at the crossroads of two great cultures: Indian and Chinese, with untainted jungles, mountains, dream beaches, dazzling waterfalls, graceful lakes, enchanting caves, a rich spiritual heritage and a great variety of ethnic groups - Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia and one of the most fascinating as well. It boasts countless pagodas, ancient towns, a unique culture, while tourists are warmly welcomed by the locals –the perfect mix for a perfect holiday!
The infrastructure here is now more developed currently, so traveling to Myanmar is no longer an adventurous journey. Myanmar people are friendly, pleasant, charming and always willing to help. Myanmar boasts one of the lowest tourist crime records in the world, making it both a beautiful and safe destination in Asia. However, it is recommended to be well informed before visiting these places, for minimal safety reasons.
If you decide to visit Myanmar, here are the must-see destinations here: Mandalay, Rangoon, Bagan, Bhamo, Inle Lake; ancient temples are very famous, also known as pagodas, which stand as testimony for the ancient Indian and Buddhist culture. Here the largest casino in the world can be found and it is the place where you will find the most famous jewelry and gems of rare beauty.
The best time to travel to Myanmar is from November to February. This is the time when both the rains and the heat are at their lowest, making it a pleasant to explore the country.
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