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// APRIL 2016
Where the Past Meets the Present

 

In general (Smile & Say Hello, Keep in touch, Don’t be afraid, Eat local food, Take many photos)

 

Money

Euros are not accepted in Myanmar.
You can exchange only dollars and, even those, only if they are in immaculate condition and have been issued after 1997.

You can use, though, your credit cards in the hotels.

Equivalence USA $-Kyat Burmese

1.00$=1367NMK

 

Transports

Keep in mind that you will not be able to rent a car and drive it by yourselves in Myanmar.
Chose a package from the ones available at a local tourist agency, where you can be offered, along with the driver, the assistance of an English speaking tour guide.
This way, you will enjoy your visit to this country to the maximum. 


Sights

Myanmar is a magical country and indeed an eternal sightseeing itself.

But, in any case, do not miss a visit to the exquisite and magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, when you are in Yangon, since this is the most significant Buddhist temple in the country.

In the same city there is also the famous  Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, with the amazing statue of the Reclining Buddha (length 65mt). Enjoy a visit to the famous Karaweik Hall.
It is an absolute must, since, beyond its very particular beauty (it is built in the shape of the mythical Karaweik bird), you will have the chance to have a wonderful buffet meal with Burmese specialties and you will become acquainted with the traditional Burmese music and dances.
There are always many wonderful shows there, which last usually more than three hours.  

Visit definitely Bagan for a real journey in time, since you will have the chance to admire the countless stupas ( Burmese pagodas) and its shrines.
Bagan is considered one of the most significant historic sites in Asia.

Visit the Royal Palace Mandalay, when in mythical Mandalay, and also the exceptional Mahammuni Buddha Pagoda.

Organise a boat trip to Inle Lake, so as to admire the particular and unique architecture of its villages, to se the floating gardens and to watch the local fishermen fishing with a really unique way (with the paddle tied around their foot, while standing).

Visit definitely, at least, one of the countless monasteries in the country and if you are lucky enough, like we were, you may be given the chance to watch, in one of the villages, the Shinbyu ceremony (sacred ceremony, during which, a young boy is about to leave its home for a while, or even forever in some cases, in order to become a young novice monk and to enter a monastery, so as to be engulfed by Buddha’s teaching).

Try the miracle cream  Thanakha, a beauty secret for the Burmese women, since many centuries ago and buy lacquer ware pretty objects for you and your friends. 


Food

Enjoy a full fried meal at one of the many street shops in the roads of Myanmar, for a totally different gastronomic experience.

Try also the countless curries and the fresh salads and you will find out that they are surly completely different from the Indian ones that you have probably tried, at some point, so far. 

 

Μentality

The people in Myanmar are extremely polite, in general, since the teaching of Buddha has influenced heavily every single thing in their daily life.

Do not hesitate to speak to the friendly monks, but show your respect by taking off your shoes when in their sacred shrines and pagodas, by following the example of the Buddha’s worshippers.

And remember! When you are near little children, it is strictly forbidden to touch any part of their face or head, since for Myanmar’s Buddhists this area of the human body is where the spiritual energy and the soul of the human live.
An innocent being, like a child, is literally unprotected to any external and unknown approaches and influences and something like that could be considered rude, if not hostile.

 

General

The best season is from November to February, since there are not lots of rains in that period of the year. You better not travel there during the Monsoon Season, since it is really raining heavily (Mid March to mid June). 

 

Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
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Population: 54.704.285
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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
Duration: 8 days
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Population: 54.704.285
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