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Myanmar; The Golden Land

Myanmar is probably the last undiscovered country in Southeast Asia. With a population of around 48 million peoples and a landsize bigger then France, and a great deal of cultural diversity, it is still very underdeveloped and there is quiet a lot of poverty in the country.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is recognized by the world as the Golden Land. It is one of the earliest homes of mankind, where one can have exclusive experiences of a life-time. You have to find out why.

Myanmar, officially Union Of Myanmar, also called Burma, Burmese Myanmar, or Pyidaungzu Myanmar Naingngandaw, is a country lying along the eastern coasts of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea in southeast Asia.

The country covers an area of 677,000 square kilometers (261,228 square miles) ranging 936 kilometres (581 miles) from east to west and 2,051 kilometers (1,275 miles) from north to south, It is a land of hills and valleys and is rimmed in the north, east and west by mountain ranges forming a giant horseshoe. Enclosed within the mountain barriers are the flat lands of Ayeyarwaddy, Chindwin and Sittaung River valleys where most of the country's agricultural land and population are concentrated.

The length of contiguous frontier is 6,159 kilometres. The total length of Myanmar-Bangladesh boundary is 271 kilometres (168.7 miles). The total length of Myanmar-China Shwedagon Pagodaboundary is 2,204 kilometres (1,370 miles); Myanmar-Thailand 2,107 kilometres (1,309.8 miles); Myanmar-India 1,338 kilometres (831.8 miles); and Myanmar-Laos 238 kilometres (147.9 miles).

As a whole, the location and topography of the country generated a diversity of climate conditions. Seasonal changes in the monsoon wind directions create summer, rainy and winter seasons. Extremes of temperature are rare. The directions of winds and depression bring rain, and although it is always heavy in the coastal areas during monsoon season, it seldom creates hardships. The Government is giving priority to the forest conservation and greening of nine arid districts in central Myanmar.

Myanmar is endowed with a rich diversity of habitat types arising largely from its unusual ecological diversity. It is home to nearly 300 known mammal species, 300 reptiles and about 100 birds species, and a haven for about 7,000 species of plant life. Since Myanmar considers such a rich pool of bio diversity as an important national asset, the Government has drawn up strict regulations to protect its biological resources.

As some folktales have said, the map of the country itself resembles the figure of a dancing lady.

Maybe.. head turning, hands spread, standing on one leg, a bending knee... hmm..

Why called "The Golden Land"?

Gold is the most precious metal. Yes, Myanmars love gold. Gold is used every where: pagoda, monasteries, accessories of the nobles, and so on. Most pagodas in Myanmar are covered with gold leaves, or for those who cannot afford use gold paint in the modern days.

When you get to Myanmar, or if you have ever been to Myanmar, this question will need not be answered. You will see golden things or gold-covered monuments in every direction you turn.

No wonder, this is called the Golden Land!

Where to go in Burma

Well it depends how much time and money you have. The most popular stops are Yangon, Bangan, Inle lake and Mandalay. This is a perfect trip for the first timer. You should take a minimum of 8 days, then you will have enough time to see all the fascinating places. However shorter trips are possible, like 3 days / 2 nights to Yangon or add 1 day and visit Bago - the former capital of the Mon people not too far from Yangon and a beautiful trip trough the countryside to see the rural life of the Burmese people.
If you follow our advice and take an 8 day trip you would stop first in Yangon what is the capital city. There you would visit the Shwedagon Pagoda which is most probably the most beautiful temple in South East Asia.

From Yangon you would make your way to Bagan. Bagan has hundreds of temples and pagodas which were abandoned a long time ago. The temples and pagodas range from very small to massive sizes.

Then there is Mandalay - many say the most Burmese city. Mandaly was the capital before the British colonized Burma and was and still is a very cultural, historic and religouis town.

Then there is Inle Lake, a 22 km long and 11 km wide lake. This is a very scenic place and a must for alll photographers with it s natural beauty and rural villages. As well there are some floating villages which are unique to the region. Inle Lake is the home of many different hilltribe people and the Shan people. It is a great place if you have a few days for trekking.

Then there are some beautiful beaches - with no jet skis and no crowds yet. For example on NgaPali Beach there are only a handful hotels are this beautiful several kilometer beach.

Or if you are really adventurous discover the Mergui Archipelago with it's more than 800 islands. There are some great diving places and we can arrange a boat for you which you can live on and discover all the islands with your Burmese crew. You might by the first foreigner visiting ome of thes islands - this area has only recently been opened for foreign tourists.

Burma has the same seasons as Thailand and from June to September their can be a lot of rain. However Bagan has a very dry climate and there is hardly any rain in the rainy season. So, in Burma there are places to visit all year round.
Check with us first if you have any questions. We have a recommended tour, or if you prefer a shorter or longer tour let us know - we can design any tour for you and we are very flexible. Because we arrange only private tours, we can show you the most and with our local staff you will have an experience of a lifetime.

We use only Thai Airways from Bangkok to Yangon. We have chosen only the finest hotels for you in Burma - the staff are very well trained and the service level is compareable to Thailand. The advantage is there are not too many tourists yet. So, hurry and be one of the first.