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Myanmar (Burma) is starting to be economically and politically stable and tourists are already coming in. Economic and trade sanctions are now eased and the economy is growing, registering a GDP of US$53.14 billion in 2011. Myanmar is rich in mineral resources, natural gas, oil and precious stones. The rubies from Myanmar are highly priced. It also produces jade, pearls and sapphires.
Myanmar is an emerging tourist destination and continues to receive more international visitors than ever. If you are planning to visit Burma soon, book your flight early and take advantage of the low flight rates that Skiddoo offers. Booking is done online and is fast and easy. Hurry and book now!
Myanmar: Must See
Buddhist temples are the main attractions in Myanmar but other attractions are now being discovered and developed.
This was the capital of the first empire in the country and is now one of Southeast Asia’s richest archaeological sites. It’s an ancient city that rivals Angkor Wat and Machu Pichu. It is beleived that there are more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, monasteries and pagodas that were constructed at this kingdom from the 11th until the 13th centuries. Remains of more than 2,200 pagodas and temples can still be seen today.
The shimmering white sand along its three-kilometre stretch, its swaying coconut palms and the iridescent blue of the Indian Ocean make this a wonderful beach to stay. IIt is located at Rakhine State and served by the Thandwe airport.
Ngwe Saung Beach Resort
This is one of the most pleasant and beautiful beaches in Myanmar, opened only in 2000. It’s located in the Ayeyarwady Division, facing the Bay of Bengal. The surroundings are still unspoiled and pollution-free.
Also known as the Golden Rock, the guilded granite boulder sits precariously on a hill’s edge. On top of it is a small Buddhist pagoda where a Lord Buddha relic (hair strand) is enshrined. The Golden Rock is on top of Mount Kyaiktiyo in Mon State.
Myanmar: When to Go
Plan to visit Myanmar between November and February when the monsoon rains have stopped and the temperature is more pleasant. March until May is also fine, but the temperature during this time would be at its highest.
Myanmar’s climate is tropical monsoon, with the rainy season occurring from May until late in October, characterised by strong winds and thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain that occur almost daily. The cool and dry season in Myanmar occurs from November until February when the temperature is definitely pleasant, ranging from 21 °C to 27 ° C or just around 70 °F to 80 °F. However, during the months of March and April, the temperature could soar to a high of 43 °C or 110 °F and humidity is at its highest as well. It is quite normal to see snow on the mountain peaks of Myanmar by November until January.