Burma

Burma (Myanmar), is a land so full of contrasts you could be mistaken that you have stepped back in time as you encounter women wearing traditional make-up (thanakha) and men sporting skirt like longyi.  Yangon (Rangoon) no longer the Burmese capital is home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda and still retains its colonial charm and architecture. Rivalling Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Temple Complex are the 4,400 temples dating back more than 800 years which fill the plain of BaganMandalay defying its poetic imagery remains a modern city, but do take the time to visit the Golden Buddha of Mahamuni Paya and cruise the Irrawaddy River, which is sometimes referred to as ‘The Road to Mandalay’ after the Rudyard Kipling’s poem.  Before flying home spend a few days relaxing at Ngapali Beach the premier beach destination, with beautiful palm fringed white sandy beaches washed daily by the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal. The best time to visit this land of Festivals is October through to April.

 
General Information about Burma  
 
Essentials
 
Flight time Approximately 13 hours (indirect)
GMT - +6½ Hours
UK passport holders require a visa to visit Burma.
Currency, Kyat
 
Weather
 
Myanmar (Burma) has 3 different seasons, with dry and cool winter months between November and March. Temperatures begin to rise in early March and will rise to 40C in Yangon, keeping this way until the rains begin in May and last until October. Mandalay and the upper central Myanmar (Burma) remained dry between July and September
 
Health
 
 
WIFI and Electricity
 
The electric voltage in Burma is supplied at 220-volt AC. Most English electric appliances work well, but a universal adaptor is required.
 
Food
 
Myanmar (Burma) cuisine has heavy Indian, Chinese and Thai influences, with plenty of fresh, spicy flavours and tasty snacks. Rice is the main staple and is usually eaten with curry. Beef and pork are eaten to a lesser degree than Thailand and China, owing to religious preferences.
 
Airport Departure Tax
 
The US$10 international departure tax is payable locally at Yangon Airport. A new domestic departure tax of 1000 Kyat (approximately £1) is also payable locally in local currency.

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