Top tip: ကံယုံ၍ ဆူးပုံမနင်းရာ – Burmese proverb: “Don’t jump into a pit of thorns out of blind faith” … so do your research on how best to make travel to Myanmar a positive experience.
Burma is bounded by China, Laos and Thailand in the east, and by Bangladesh, India and the Indian Ocean in the south and west. The Irrawaddy River runs through the centre of the country and forms a delta on the south coast. North of the delta lies the Irrawaddy basin and central Myanmar, which is protected by a horseshoe of mountains rising to over 3000m, creating dramatic climatic effects. To the west are the Arakan, Chin and Naga Mountains and the Patkai Hills; with the Kachin Hills to the north and the Shan Plateau to the east, extending to the Tenasserim coastal ranges.
The hottest period is between February and May, with very little rain. The rainy season exists from May to October, for a few months from then the weather is quite reasonable, even cool in Mandalay at night. The Burmese New Year in April, at the peak of the hot season, which means much fun throwing water at all concerned. November through to February are the best visiting months.
Facts and Figures
|Area||676,552 sq km (261,218 sq miles)|
|Population||48,852,000 (2002 estimate).|
|Capital||Yangon (Rangoon)- population 4,504,000 (2001)|
|Language||The official language is Burmese (Myanmar). There are over 100 dialects spoken in Burma. English is spoken in business circles.|
|Religion||87 per cent Theravada Buddhist. The remainder are Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Animist.|
|Time||GMT + 6.5|
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