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Long forbidden to tourists, visit this mysterious country known as “The Golden Land”, home of ten thousand religious stupas.

 

 

MYANMAR OVERVIEW

 

Myanmar is an unspoilt tourist destination in South East Asia where one can enjoy the beautiful scenery of a peaceful and tranquil country. Burma is known as the land of the golden pagodas, with an ancient culture and a religious tradition that have persisted right through to the present day. It is a country of many different races and creeds, though little is known about some of the minority groups. Thanks to the predominance of Buddhism. There are thousands of temples and shrines, but beneath this shining, tranquil surface lies a history of better conflict. 

With delightful tourism, crystal clear waterfalls and mountain ranges, Myanmar offers variety of natural beauty comprising snow-capped mountains, silvery waterfalls, magnificent lakes, enchanting caves, unpolluted, unspoilt alluring wide sandy beaches, reveries and the unique culture of different nationalities, in addition to the famous thousand years old glittering golden pagodas from which we got this name, Myanmar, the Golden Land.

 


WHERE TO TRAVEL IN MYANMAR

 

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL IN MYANMAR

 

TRANSPORTATION IN MYANMAR

 

TRAVEL BY TRAINS

 

Myanmar Railways provides services on several routes, the principal line being Yangon to Mandalay (journey time – 12 to 14 hours). Overnight trains have sleeping cars. There is also a good service from Mandalay–Lashio–Myitkyina. The state-run railway has 4,300km (2,700 miles) of track and serves most of Myanmar. First class is available but, with the exception of the Yangon to Mandalay line, services are regularly afflicted with delays caused by climatic, technical and bureaucratic difficulties. Tickets must be purchased as part of an organized tour group. There are regular services from Yangon to Mandalay and from Yangon to Thazi. Visitors should be aware that much railway equipment is decrepit and some accidents are unreported.

There are daily express trains from Yangon to Mandalay. A private company runs these trains, though regular trains are not recommended, as they are slow, dirty and unreliable with uncomfortable seating that can result in 'saddle-soreness'.

 

TRAVEL BY CARS

 

Traffic drives on the right. There has been some modernization of Myanmar’s once antiquated vehicles. Roads are poorly maintained and can become impassable in the rainy season, from May to October. Visitors must remember that, under Burmese law, the driver of a car involved in an accident with a pedestrian is always at fault.

 

TRAVEL BY BUS

 

Buses are generally operated by the state-owned Road Transport Enterprise. Public bus services tend to be unreliable and uncomfortable; visitors may pay using the Kyat currency on certain lines only. Owing to the ongoing privatization program of the transport industry, a fleet of privately operated buses is also available. The main lines are from Yangon to Meiktila, Pyay, Mandalay and Taunggyi. Private buses are air conditioned and accept payment in Kyat, US Dollars or FECs.

Other options include the Yangon-Mandalay bus service for long distances.
Domestic highway bus terminals are Aung-Yadanar and Sawbwargyi-Gone, both about 10 miles (16km) from downtown Yangon.

 

TRAVEL BY AIR

 

Air travel is the most efficient way of moving within Myanmar. Air Mandalay, Air Yangon and Bagan Air run a good internal flight service, but there is a rather limited schedule of flights, and a rather less than perfect safety record. There are daily flights to most towns.

 

GETTING AROUND TOWNS AND THE CITIES

 

Travelling around town is easy and the fare is negotiable. Most towns, including Mandalay, use horse carts and trishaws. Alternatively, bicycles can be rented for a small price.

 

Yangon has a circular rail service. There are also antiquated and overcrowded bus services in all cities. Yangon has blue government taxis with set fares. Unmetered three- and four-wheel taxis are available in cities, as are rickshaws; it is wise to pre-arrange fares. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

TRAVEL BY WATER

 

The best way of seeing Myanmar is by boat, particularly between Bhamo–Mandalay and Mandalay–Pagan. Myanmar has about 8,000km (5,000 miles) of navigable rivers. Trips can only be arranged as part of an organized tour group. It is generally necessary to provide one’s own food.

 

Domestic air services have greatly improved over recent years. However, railways, bus and steamer services are still need for improvement for the convenience of the visitors. In remote areas, air-conditioned car or bus may not always be available and travelers should be advised that the conditions of roads in Myanmar are not the same. For this reason, long distance travel usually takes longer than that might be expected.

 

 
 



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