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Flights to Myanmar
Myanmar, or Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a sovereign state in South East Asia, lying on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea coast. It is bordered by Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north, and Laos and Thailand to the east. Its capital is the city of Naypyidaw while its largest city is Yangon. The early civilisations in Burma included the Pyu and Mon, then followed by the Burmans of the Kingdom of Nanzhao in ninth century and in the 1050s, Pagan Empire was established. After the fall of Pagan Empire, the Mongols took over for a long time. During the early 19th century, the Konbaung Dynasty gained control and influenced what is now known as modern Burma. After being colonised by the British in the 19th century, Myanmar gained its independence in 1948. Its culture is largely influenced by Indian and local traditions, as well as a number of Chinese traditions. Myanmar is also known as a rich source of jade, gems, oil, natural gas, and other mineral resources.
Myanmar has a bounty of places that highlight spirituality – temples, pagodas, and even historical sites as well. The country is also home to beautiful landscapes, beaches, and other interesting locations that visitors will surely find fascinating. Bagan is considered as the primary tourist destination in Myanmar. It is one of the richest archaeological sites in South East Asia. There’s also the beautiful lake of Inle, located in the heart of Shan State and surrounded by mountains – a natural wonder to behold. Ngapali Beach, which stretches approximately to 3km, is a white, sandy beach fringed with coconut palms and is an excellent place to relax, swim, and lounge in. An equally beautiful alternative is the Nabule Beach, an unspoilt golden sand beach located 25 miles north of Dawei City, south of the country. Mrauk U is a historical and important archaeological site in northern Rakhine State. Surrounded by hilly countryside, lush greenery, marshes, mangroves, and lakes, the town is also considered as a significant regional trade hub and a religious centre, being home to some of Myanmar’s most notable temples such as the Shite-thaung Temple (known as Temple of 80,000 Images or Temple of Victory), Htukkanthein Temple (Htukkan Ordination Hall), the Koe-thaung Temple (Temple of 90,000 Images), and the Five Mahn pagodas. Perhaps one of the most exciting activities that you can enjoy in Myanmar is diving. The country has some of the best diving sites in the region.
How to get around within Myanmar
Flying is considered as the least uncomfortable way of travelling long distances in the country. Yangon International and Mandalay International are by far, the only airports that offer good service. Some of the air carriers that fly in and out of the country are Air Bagan, Asian Wings, Air Mandalay, Golden Myanmar Airways, and Yangon Airways. Myanmar’s rail network is extensive, but it dates back to British times, so delays and poor train conditions are to be expected – not to mention, trains are slow and noisy. The upside is that you’ll be able to see more of the country and meet its people. The famous Gokteik bridge area is especially beautiful. Myanmar has a large river ferry network, majority of which are run by the government, the rest by private ferry services. There are river cruises, like the three-day Mandalay-Bagan cruise, that has several stop-offs, which you may enjoy. If you are planning on taking the bus, you should know that all types of buses run in Myanmar so you can choose from a variety of buses: from economy seats to luxurious coaches, short- and long-distance buses, name it. There are several bus routes, including Yangon, that cover popular tourist areas.
Although they can be rather uncomfortable, most tourists find pickup trucks a cheaper alternative than taxis. If you prefer to get around and tour independently, you can hire a private car or take the taxi instead, at varying rates. People are allowed to ride motorcycles and bicycles in select areas only, such as Mandalay's streets. Everywhere else is illegal. It’s not recommended to travel in Myanmar on foot as traffic and pedestrian rules are not explicitly followed.
How to get there
Most of the flights arriving in Myanmar originated from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Seoul, and Doha, among others. As of 2010, the country has 69 airports, with Yangon International and Mandalay International as the only ones having adequate facilities to handle larger jets. It’s now possible to enter the country by land via at least four Thai/Myanmar border crossings.
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