Globally known as the Land of the Golden Pagodas in Southeast Asia, Myanmar remains as a promising country full of mysteries. Noticing that it’s always necessary to have a few facts in hand before heading to a destination, we feel that it will be our privilege to provide you several Myanmar facts so that you can be proactive in any situations.
Nature – The country is known as the finest of churches – covered with gold (list some names of churches) – Wildlife, forest + Mix species (mammal, reptiles, birds), jungles, tigers and leopards -> common +2 main different forests: * monsoon forest: dry for at least 3 months, having deciduous trees (lose leaves seasonally) * rain forest: rain in almost 9 months, lie along the beaches, mainly palm trees + 9 national forests throughout the country, home to various species (elephants and rare ones) -> Trip to Myanmar would not be complete without visiting at least one of those forests.
Most Famous Rivers and Beaches + Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy River) * Myanmar’s longest and most beautiful river, one of the great rivers of Asia, famous as the Nile, the cultural and economic lifeline. * Support a wide range of things for the lives of farmers, orchardists, fishermen, etc * Visit between October and April (cold and dry season) to avoid monsoon rain
+ Ngapali Beach * most beautiful and popular beach * beauty and unspoiled relaxed atmosphere -> ideal vacation * breathtaking stretch of white-sand coastline * being the ultimate unspoiled paradise + some others: NgweSaung Beach, Chaung Tha Beach, Kanthayar Beach
People – 135 tribes -> diverse. – Many homeless people in rural areas. – Men wear longyi, women wear tummy, both smothered in thanakha (traditional make-up) – Friendly, proud, kind, hospitable -> lead a peaceful, slow pace of life. – Drinking tea – a British colonial affectation
Politics Character Aung San Suu Kyi – Daughter of General Aung San – a national Burmese hero, fighting for Burma’s independence from Britain – Worked for three years at the United Nations in New York City as secretary after graduation – Married with Dr. Michael Arias in 1972, settling down in England – Discovered an oppressive military dictatorship had taken over Myanmar, denying its citizens many basic human rights. – Involved with politics, Suu Kyi helped to create the National League for Democracy (- a political group aimed at dismantling the military junta and installing democracy as the new form of government.) – Called for an end to the government’s use of violence – Was made the leader of the National League for Democracy – The Burmese government opposed to Suu Kyi’s activities, destroy her house, forbid her from leaving home in 15 years – In 1991, Suu Kyi received the Nobel Prize for Peace – Suu Kyi’s dedication to her country and refusal to resort to violence -> a legend around the globe -> elected to the Burmese parliament on April 1, 2012 Government plans to launch a political reform in recent years
Economy – In the past, being undeveloped (agriculture) country. + Being embargoed in the period of time + People have little demand to earn much money + Example: poor infrastructure, low income (in rural areas) + Low living expense, high in central cities (Yangon) – A large country, ideal position between China and India, cheap labor, lots of valuable resources. – Tourist expense -> high due to little competitiveness. – Many foreign countries see Myanmar as a promising land to invest Have a look at this detailed travel guide to Myanmar below to have a better knowledge of the country before planning an unforgettable Myanmar vacation.