Myanmar Guide

The Union of Myanmar, formerly known as Socialist Republic of the Union of 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. Myanmar, is a country lying along the eastern coasts of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea in southeast Asia. The capital is Yangôn (Rangoon). The country’s area 261,228 square miles (676,577 square km).

Myanmar is a union of many nationalities; speaking over one hundred languages and dialects. The term Myanmar embraces all nationalities. The major races are the Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. There are seven States and seven Divisions in Myanmar. The population in 1996-97 is 47.3 million. According to the 1995-96 national census with 80% Myanmars and ethnic minority groups consisting of the Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine, Shan and hill-tribes making up the rest of the population. All of them  80 % are Buddhists. There are also Christians, Muslims, Hindus and even some animists. However there is full freedom of worship for followers of other religions. Christian missionaries have been active in Myanmar for over 150 years.

Since late 1988, Myanmar has replaced the centrally planned economy to a more liberalized economic policy based on market-oriented system. In moving towards a more market oriented economy, Myanmar has more liberalized domestic and international trade, promoting the role of private sector and opening up to foreign investment.

Myanmar Tourist Visa: Unless you hold a passport from an ASEAN member state, you will need a visa to enter Myanmar. The good news is that you can now apply for an e-visa prior to travel; it takes less than two days to get a visa approval letter. Print this out before you board your flight to Myanmar. Note that all visitors must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the time of entry into Myanmar. The visas are valid for three months from the date of issue, and allow you to travel for 28 days inside the country. For more information, please contact us at: inquiry [at] asia-expeditions.com, or apply for an e-visa at: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/

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