Peninsula stretching 2000 km fro north to south and over 900 km from east to west and covering the area of Great Britain and France combined. Three quarters of Myanmar is coverted by mountains and jungle and there are no less than 135 ethnic groups living in the country. Flat plains and wide rivers characterize the geography of the center of the country while mountain ranges run along the Thai border up to the Himalayas in the east. the southern coast of the country borders the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman River, formerly known as the Irrawaddy, around which most of the country’s best farmland is found.
The national language of Myanmar is Burmese, of which there are over 80 different dialects spoken. Then written language uses an amazing looking script based on ancient Indian characters. In the cities many of the older generation still speak very goof English and it is also becoming popular again with the younger generation.
Approximately 1000.00 kyats equivalent roughly to 1 USD Dollar. Credit cards and Traveler cheques can currently NOT be used or exchanged in Myanmar (with some very rare exceptions in upscale restaurants and hotels)! It is necessary to bring enough cash in USD or EURO. Other foreign currencies are difficult to change. Please bring new series US Dollar bills (“big heads” instead of “small heads”) and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumors these series are counterfeit.
Customs and formalities
Regulations are generally relaxed for tourists arriving by air in Yangon. Visitors should complete immigration and customs declaration forms during the flight and submit these on arrival. All foreign currencies (if bring more then US$2000.00) may be declared at Custom office. Traveler’s check, jewelry, cameras and electronic goods etc must be recorded on the customs form, which may be checked on departure. Bringing in or taking out Myanmar currency is not allowed. Gems and jewelry purchased from authorized dealers are allowed take away but not antiques.
No vaccinations are required except for yellow fever is you are coming from an area where the disease is present. However visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A & B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in Myanmar and it is advisable to take precautions especially if traveling off the beaten track. Medical facilities are rather limited in Myanmar (only in Yangon there are good clinics) and it is essential to take out a good medical insurance policy before traveling in case evacuation is needed.
Passport and visa
Most of the countries require visa in hand before getting into Myanmar. Visa is usually deliver by Myanmar Embassies who require original passport and 02 passport photos for 3 5 working day to issue visa. Visa Myanmar also could apply on arrival Myanmar, contact directly Jewel Tours for more information.