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About Myanmar

The Country

The country covers an area of 676,578 km², making it almost twice the size of Germany , about the size of France or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Texas. Destination Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal south. It is bordered in north and northeast by China, in east by Laos and Thailand, in west by Bangladesh and the Indian states of Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. The country is also known as Burma and called the Golden Land.

Probably the highest elevation in both Myanmar and Southeast Asia's is Mount Hkakabo Razi (Khaka Borazi) at 5,881 m (19,295 ft) located in Kachin state near the country's northern border with China, about 110 km (70 mi) north of Putao. Burma's main rivers are the Chindwin (the 'Mighty Chindwin') and the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady).

Since 2005, the capital has been located in Nay Pyi Taw, but the former capital, Yangon (Rangoon), remains the biggest city, commercial centre, and arrival point for most visitors.

Myanmar culture

Myanmar has a deep culture of hospitality and openness – most people who visit are struck by the warm and welcoming nature of the locals, who are often keen to ask questions and make friends. And the people love to enjoy themselves – whether it is taking part in one of the hundreds of festivals that happen around the country throughout the year or enjoying a game of football, everyone loves a boisterous public gathering to lift their spirits.

Theravada Buddhism is the most widespread religion in Myanmar and plays a big role in public and private life. Most young people spend time in monastic education and monks and nuns, of whom there are hundreds of thousands, hold a revered place in society. Pagodas (religious monuments) can also be found on many roads, river banks, towns and villages throughout the country; they are central to the life of towns, with shopping arcades and other businesses sometimes built in their entrance areas. Christianity , Islam and Hinduism are also practiced in Myanmar.

Traditional clothing in Myanmar varies around the country, but a national staple is the longyi (sarong), which is worn by both men and women. The longyi was in fact introduced relatively recently, in colonial times, but its popularity is rooted in its simplicity and suitability to such a hot climate.

Also popular and connected to the climate is thanakha, which is a facial paste made from ground bark. It is worn mostly by women and children, protects from the sun, is said to be good for the skin, and is often applied in attractive designs.

Geography

Location: Southeast Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
Area: 676,578 km² (261,228 square miles).
Terrain: A land of hills and valleys rimmed in the north, east and west by mountain ranges forming a giant horseshoe. Enclosed within the mountaion barriers are the flat lands of Ayeyarwaddy, Chindwin and Sittaung River valleys where most of the country's agricultural land and population are concentrated.
Climate: Tropical monsoon; cloudy, rainy, hot, humid summers (southwest monsoon, June to September); less cloudy, scant rainfall, mild temperatures, lower humidity during winter (northeast monsoon, December to April).

Maps

Map of Myanmar
Political Map of Myanmar.

Administrative Map of Myanmar
Administrative Map of Myanmar showing Myanmar and the surrounding countries with international borders, state/division boundaries, the administrative capital Naypidaw, state and division capitals, major cities, main roads, railroads and airports.

Google Earth Myanmar
Searchable map and satellite view of Myanmar.

Google Earth Yangon
Searchable map and satellite view of Yangon.

Google Earth Mandalay
Searchable map and satellite view of Myanmar's second city, Mandalay.

Google Earth Naypyidaw
Searchable map and satellite view of Naypyidaw, Burma's new administrative capital.

Google Earth Shwedagon Pagoda
Searchable map/satellite view of the Golden Pagoda and other landmarks in Yangon.