About Myanmar

Myanmar facts

  • Government: Unitary state, Presidential system, Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic, Republic, Parliamentary system
  • Capital:Naypyidaw
  • Population (2013): 56,320,206 (July 2015 est.)
  • Area:676,578 sq. km (slightly smaller than Texas)
  • Official languages:Burmese
  • Major religions:Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%
  • Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%
  • Currency:Burmese Kyat
  • GDP (purchasing power parity): $283.5 billion (2015 est.)
  • GDP per capita:$5,500 (2015 est.)
  • Unemployment:5% (2015 est.)
  • President: Htin Kyaw

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been growing increasingly popular as a tourist destination in the region. It has always been an intriguing country but its tourism potential had been largely dented by its political upheavals in the past few decades. The newly stable government and its natural endowments have seen Burma become a hotspot in the region.

For visiting tourists, Burma is almost a virgin country, largely untouched and rich natural environment. While it still gets lesser tourists compared to neighboring countries, it has started attracting tourists like never before. After the civilian government came to power following the military junta in 2012, tourism sector reached record numbers and surpassed one million tourist numbers for the first time in its history.

The new government is determined not to look back and came up with the Tourism Master Plan in 2013 and it has targeted to bring 7.5 million tourists into this once forbidden land by the year 2020. The same year in 2013, tourist numbers reached 2.04 million, which shows almost an accelerating growth in the tourism sector.

Tourists can enter Burma by air, land and by sea. Travel by air remains the most popular and preferred mode of transport to enter Burma.

The top tourist attractions in Burma include big cities like Yangon and Mandalay. The two cities are distinct and a visit to each of the cities offers a special experience.

Some of the religious attractions in Burma include the sites in Mon State, Pindaya, Bago and Hpa-An. They are also popular pilgrimage sites.

The ancient cities of Bagan and Mrauk-U are a unique experience and it provides a different peek into the Burmese culture, tradition and way of life.

Burma also has some popular beaches in Nabule Ngapali, Maungmagan Ngwe-Saung and Mergui. Other beaches include Nabule Beach, Chaungtha, Ngwesaung and the San Maria Bay.

Some popular ecotourism attractions in Burma are Myeik Archipelago, Hukawng Valley, Hkakabo Razi, the Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park, the Popa Mountain National Park, and the Mount Victoria National Park.

However, reports also suggest that parts of the country are off-limits to tourists with locals even asked not to interact with tourists. So it is advisable that you plan tours travel to Burma and it is advisable and you exercise caution.

At Raven Tours, we customize your travel plan very carefully. Please contact us at inquiry@ravenbhutan.com for more details to visit this beautiful country.