Fact File for Myanmar (Burma)
Offering a rich cultural history and natural beauty Myanmar (Burma) , after years of isolation and harsh military rule, is the "hot" destination of SE Asia. Travelling can be challenging but having your own private crewed charter yacht to call home makes it a lot easier.
COORDINATES: 21.9162° N, 95.9560° E
WEATHER: Myanmar has two distinct seasons – dry and wet. Although there are regional variations, Myanmar's dry season runs from October through to May, and the wet season from May/June through to early October, when the south-west monsoon starts to blow. The temperatures also vary according to region although generally the temperatures are in the late 20s and early 30s during the dry season reaching over 40 deg C in the west season.
BEST TIME TO CHARTER: November to February
AIRPORTS: There are three international airports in Myanmar (Burma). Mandalay and Yangon are most often used by travelers but most come via one of the SE Asian hubs of Singapore, Kuala Lumpar and Bangkok. Airlines include Emirates, Thai Airways and Singapore Air.
CURRENCY: Burmese kyat (MMK. MasterCard and Visa are only accepted in top-end hotels and there are only a few ATMs in Myanmar and withdrawl fees for cash can be expensive. It is advised to bring cash (USD and Thai bahts can be changed).
ELECTRICITY: 230 V, 50 Hz
4 Jan - Independence Day
12 Feb - Union Day
2 March - Peasant's Day
March - Full Moon Day of Tabaung
27 March - Armed Forces Day
April - Myanmar New Year
1 May - Labour Day
May - Buddha's birthday
19 July - Martyr's Day
July - start of Buddhist Lent
Oct - end of Buddhist Lent or Thadingyut
Nov - Tazaungdine Holidays
13 Nov - National Day
18 Dec - Kayin New Year Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day
CULTURAL: Myanmar is largely Buddhist and this has a great deal of infulence on their daily lives. The people are generally open and friendly and do appreciate any attempts as observe their way of living. Two easy words are always foster goodwill and bring a smaile:
Mengalaba (pronounced as Meng- Gah- Lah- Bar)= Hello
Chesube (pronounced as Tseh-Soo- Beh)= Thank you