Myanmar’s culture is largely a result of heavy Indian influences beautifully woven with local traditions. It feels like visiting a page in history, which got warped in time. It gives you a taste of the fascinating and distinct ways of life of the locals who live on the edge of the modern world. It is slowly opening up to the modern world as sanctions are being lifted and more gateways are opening up. Tourism has wised up to the potential of the minority peoples and is slowly but rapidly creating a niche market.
The young nation is embracing the new world and is welcoming foreigners with open arms. You will need to book your international air tickets as soon as you decide to venture into this wondrous country. We suggested you book your hotels in advance too as the infrastructure is not yet ready to handle an overflow of tourists. Accommodation in Yangon fills up months in advance, especially as travel reviews have started raving about this city.
Myanmar has 3 specific seasons. The hot and dry season starts from March till May. The rains come and bring the temperatures down during June to October. The rains also bring in humidity. On a hot afternoon with temperatures touching 40 degrees, and a relative humidity of almost 90 pct., it tends to get very uncomfortable. The best time to visit Myanmar is between November to February.
Along with ancient pagodas and monasteries, Myanmar also boasts of almost 2000 meters of coastline. It has some of the finest stretches of beach in Asia, undiscovered by tourists, unspoiled by development. Most of these beaches face west hence is idyllic for viewing sunrises and sunsets.
People of this warm and hospitable country are incredibly friendly and polite. The influence of Buddhism is one of the reasons. As modernism is hitting it slowly, Internet is slow and may not be available easily. You will need to carry plenty of cash. There are few ATMs around and credit cards are accepted only in 5Star establishments and upmarket stores. Make sure the dollar bills you carry are new, fresh and unfolded bills. Creased, folded and weary bills have no value in Myanmar. Do not worry about carrying large amounts of cash with you as crime against foreigners are rare and absolutely unheard of. Vast majority of the population is Buddhist, hence people are by and large honest.
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