Introducing Myanmar

Republic of the Union of Myanmar is situated in South East Asia sharing borders withBangladesh and India on the northwest, China on the northeast, Laos and Thailand on the southeast.It stretches over 2000km from north to south and over 920km from east to west at its widest points and a long coastline of over 2000km.Myanmar has a tropical climate with three seasons: the hot season, the rainy season and the cold season. The hot season is from March to May, The rainy season is from June to October and cold season is from November to February. The tropical monsoon is usually cloudy, rainy, hot, humid summers and less cloudy, scant rainfall, mild temperatures, lower humidity during winter.

Myanmar is a union of many nationalities and made up of 135 national races with their own languages and dialects. The term Myanmar embraces all nationalities including the Bamars, who make up the majority (about 70%), the Chins, the Kachins, the Kayins, the Mons, the Rakhines and the Shans. The population of Myanmar is over 60 million and 80% of Myanmar are Theravada Buddhism.

Myanmar lies on the crossroad of two of the world's great civilizations-China and India-but its culture is neither that of India nor China exclusively, but a blend of both interspersed with Myanmar native traits and characteristics.

Myanmar is one of the richest countries in the region in terms of natural resources as well as tourist attractive areas such as Yangon,Bagan, Mandalay,Sagaing,Inle and Mrauk Oo etc.Early civilization dating back to 5th Century and Myanmar greatness in history dating back to 11th century have left a legacy of rich historical and cultural heritages. Buddhism, which has flourished in Myanmar from early century, has also left with numerous pagodas, temples, monasteries and other religious monuments. Myanmar is also endowed by nature with geographical diversity; from the snow-capped mountains in the far north, cool and scenic Shan Plateau, the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River flowing the dry plains of Mandalay and Bagan, picturesque natural lakes and a long coastline with many un-spoilt beaches and archipelagoes.

All these attractions combined with a simple hospitality of Myanmar people and their typical Buddhist Asian way of life make Myanmar a fascinating and exotic tourist destination in Asia and the pacific region.