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Administratieve divisies [ yin-mya }: Chin State, Kachin State, Kayin State, Kayah State, Mon State, Rakhine State, Shan State

Cities in Myanmar : Mandalay, Sittwe, Taunggyi.

Capital City of Myanmar: Yangon, formerly Rangoon

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Hotels in Myanmar

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  G Adventures

  Thomas Cook

  Mekong Travel   -   UK Indochina Specialist
Much of the country's attraction is in its history and artistic culture.  Myanmar lies at the meeting point of two of the world's great civilisations, China and India, but it blends both of these influences with its own very special local characteristics.  The people have preserved traditional values, and are deeply devout in their religion, with a close-knit family system and respect for elders still powerfully observed.  Myanmar people are fun loving and festivals from the centre of Myanmar social life, with each month having its own festive occasion.  Myanmar people are also known for their sense of hospitality and friendliness to visitors.
  Remembrance Travel  -  Rangoon, the Chindits, Arakan

  Voyages Jules Verne   -   Great Journeys for the discerning traveller
  Worlds Apart Travel
'From the Golden Temples of Rangoon to the Temples of Pagaan Burma is a traveller's paradise was it not for it's politics which keeps most visitors away. However, it a personal decision and those that do go have a rewarding time - perhaps taking a boat along the Irrawady or the road to Mandalay.'

Travel Guides Myanmar / Related books

Myanmar (Burma) (Lonely Planet Country Guide S.)  -   Robert Reid, Michael Grosberg
The most comprehensive guide to Myanmar on the market dedicated chapter outlining the current political situation with balanced, informative text detailing the pros and cons of independent travel to Myanmar special section on the Temples of Bagan written by two experienced, Southeast Asia authors brand new suggested itineraries chapter with hot tips on the best way to get around the country be it on a classic route or off the beaten path, including detailed suggestions on how to avoid supporting the military junta while travelling Myanmar means "first people in the world" Myanmar contains much of the world's teak the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is covered with gold and diamonds, is one of the world's most important Buddhist shrines, containing eight hairs of Buddha yellow powder, made from bark, is worn on the face as a protection against the sun there has been a prohibition on western music but young people like heavy metal bands although songs must be in Burmese
Paperback 428 pages (November 18, 2005);  Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1740596951
Burma Insight Guide (Insight Guides S.) 
Paperback 300 pages (January 28, 2005);  Publisher: Insight Guides;  Language: English;  ISBN: 9814120464
Golden Earth: Travels in Burma  -   Norman Lewis
"a simple blueprint for Utopia" - the best travel book on Burma since World War II - despite travelling at a time of massive internal insecurity, Norman Lewis still found the eternal Burma, where pagodas are the only punctuation on the horizon and strangers are treated with an overwhelming friendliness - an overnight best -seller when first published - revisits the tragic Burma road, treked by so many refugees fleeing Burma before the Japanese advance in 1942
Paperback 296 pages (August 29, 2003);  Publisher: Eland Books;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0907871380
  Glanius: A new voyage to the East Indies... Bantam... Siam... Japan and Madagascar.... London, 1682.

Transportation / How do I travel to Myanmar

Myanmar borders Bangladesh, the Indian Federal States Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland ad Arunachal Pradesh, as well as China, Laos, Thailand and the Indian Ocean [ Gulf of Bengal ].

  Rangoon Airport   -   Yangon International Airport  -  17 km from the City of Yangon

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  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights

Overland entry with a Border Pass is permitted at the following Border Check Points: Kyukoke, Namkhan and Muse on the Myanmar-Yunnan (China) border; and Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung on the Myanmar-Thai border.

  Map of Myanmar  [ Uni Texas  -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


  Welcome to Myanmar   -   Tourist Board Myanmar
Accommodations, tour operators, travel tips etc.

  Government   -   The Golden Land Myanmar

  Rangoon / Yangon   -   Capital City of Myanmar   -   see Yangon City
Yangon, the cosmopolitan capital city of Myanmar, still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree lined avenues, tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture.

  Chin State
  Kachin State
  Kayin State
  Kayah State
  Mon State
Less than half a days drive from Yangon, Mon State is famous for the amazing "Golden Rock" of Kyaikto, The capital of Mon State is Mawlamyine and not far away the city lies a stretch of the infamous "death railway" and the moving Thanphyuzayet cemetery, which contains the graves of nearly 4000 allied POWs who died during its construction.
  Rakhine State [ ruins of Mrauk-U ]
  Shan State [ Inle Lake ]

  Mandalay   -   former royal capital,
The principal cultural and economic city of upper Myanmar, and former royal capital, Mandalay still evokes images of a romantic bygone era. The royal palace and its impressive surrounding moat sits at the foot of the imposing Mandalay Hill. Positioned on the banks of the mighty Ayeryarwaddy River, Mandalay lies within easy striking distance of former colonial hill stations, ancient cities and other cultural attractions.
  Mawlamyine  -  Capital City of Mon State
Mawlamyine is a leafy and well preserved tropical port and has changed little from the days that saw it rise to a prosperous trading town under colonial rule.
Miles of empty white sand beaches, brilliant turquoise seas, all backed by towering coconut palms, Ngapali is Myanmar's premier beach destination. Intimate resorts offer visitors the chance to swim, sail, kayak, and feast on lobster and prawn by candle light as the sun sinks lazily into the Indian Ocean.

One of the most remarkable archaeological sights in Asia, if not the world, the magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years. Once the centre of a glorious kingdom, ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see.
  Chinatown Yangon
At night time Chinatown comes alive with its pungent aromas and delicious street food.
  Inle Lake and surroundings  -  in the cool green highlands of Shan State
An area of outstanding natural beauty. The lake itself sits at a pleasant 2900 feet above sea level and is famous for its leg rowers, floating markets and prolific birdlife. In this unique wetland environment, whole villages sit on floating islands on the lake. Colourful hill tribes inhabit the surrounding fertile valleys and forested mountaintops, and their hand-woven silks are a speciality of the region.
Not far from Sittwe on the Arakan Coast, lie the 15th Century ruins of Mrauk-U, once the capital of a flourishing Rhakine Kingdom.
  Shwedagon Pagoda  -  dominates the city skyline of Yangon

  News   -   The Myanmar Times

Cuisine   -   Myanmar Recipes

The local cuisine is an interesting blend of Chinese, Indian and local Myanmar influence. Typical Burmese dishes are curry-based and make use of chicken, seafood, and mutton. As the country is Buddhist-dominated, there is very little use of pork or beef.

The "mohinga" is a popular snack item and is served in practically all corners of Yangon. This light, curry -based fish noodle soup is very tasty and although traditionally eaten for breakfast, is now served all-day.

  Myanmardotcom   -   Food and Drinks

  Flavors of Burma, Cuisine and Culture from the Land of Golden Pagodas by Susan Chan
A guide to the culture and traditions of Burma, and especially its food, featuring 76 recipes. In addition to an good sampling of dishes and meals, Chan includes an overview of food and markets, ingredients, customs, language, and festivals.
Hardcover: 221 pages; Publisher: Hippocrene Books (March 31, 2003); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0781809479; ISBN-13: 978-0781809474.
  The Burmese Kitchen: Recipes from the Golden Land  -  by Copeland Marks (Author) 
Paperback: 275 pages; Publisher: M. Evans and Company, Inc. (September 25, 1994); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0871317680; ISBN-13: 978-0871317681

History of Myanmar / History of Burma

Independent from the UK:  January 4, 1948

Previously an independent kingdom, in 1886 Burma was annexed by the British Empire to the colony of India. The Japanese Empire invaded and occupied the country during World War II but it was returned to British control. In 1948 the nation became sovereign, as the Union of Burma

  Myanmar's History   -   Wikipedia
The Mon, The Pyu, The Pagan Kingdom, Ava and Pegu, The Toungoo Dynasty, The Konbaung Dynasty,  War with Britain and the fall of Myanmar, British rule, Independent Burma

Music, Art & Culture, Events

  Music of Myanmar
The music of Myanmar is a mixture of many regional varieties, including Chinese music, Indian music and Thai music.
Myanmar Music Network
Pansagar is Leading Myanmar Music Community. A starting point and search for Myanmar music.

  Aye Su Kyaw   -    Traditional Burmese court music
Harp player Aye Su Kyaw [ saung gauk ]and ensemble not only present refined chamber music, but also fantastic dances like the candle light dance and 'puppet' dance.
Occasionally frozen in beautiful poses, holding back breath for a moment, is in ancient court dance in Myanmar as important as the surprisingly energetic, sometimes angular movements before and after.
To win over a beloved, or a outpacing a rival, nothing is more effective than a very beautiful stand still in a beautiful gown.
In woman dancing graceful, gentle curves of hands, limbs and emphasize the ultimate feminine softness.
In men dancing it's all about powerful gods and princes, which calls for valiant attitudes, large movements, and extravagant costumes.

The culture of Myanmar has been influenced by Buddhism and the Mon people.

  Culture of Myanmar
Arts [ Literature, Dance, Music ], Customs [ Dress, Speech, Manners ], Cuisine, Marriage, Funerals, Religion [ Pagodas and monasteries ], Traditional festivals, Sports, National holidays.

  Thingyan   -   a four-day celebration of the coming lunar new year
  Thadingyut   -   Festival of Lights
End of Buddhist Lent

  Public Holidays in Myanmar

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