Myanmar - Useful information for your trip

Myanmar opened its doors to tourism only in recent years and this has meant that, in the eyes of those who visit it, the country still appears as a land that preserved itself intact and faithful to its ancient traditions. Visiting Myanmar really is an immersion in a local culture still strongly tied to its roots, to discover a way of life far away from the Western experience. Visitors are always in awe in front of the great artistic heritage of the country, including temples, monasteries, golden pagodas and tombs. Main attractions include the Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, a golden pagoda built over 2500 years ago and surrounded by many small temples, Mandalay Hill, Mingun, the ancient royal city, the temples of Bagan and the beautiful Lake Inle. And then there is also U Bein bridge, gateway to the ancient capital of Amarapura, Mount Kyaiktiyo with the mysterious Golden Rock balanced on its slopes, Ngapali beach and the incredible Ayeyarwaddy River.

Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Burma, occupies part of the Indochina peninsula overlooking the Bay of Bengal on the Andaman Sea. Contrary to to popular belief, its capital is not Yangon, but Naypyidaw. Its territory can be divided into five areas: the mountains to the north, the west, the plateau in the east, the coast and the central basin area. The peaks of the north are connected to the Himalayas, while to the east lies the Shan Plateau, arid in the north and characterized by tropical forests in the south. The climate is strongly influenced by the monsoons on the coast, with high temperatures and abundant rainfall in the summer, while in the winter, thanks to the winds, the temperature is cold and dry. Occasionally Myanmar is crossed by cyclones, especially in the rainy season from April to October.

Former Burma is also fascinating for its pristine natural heritage. Forests cover almost 50% of the Burmese territory offering various types of precious woods such as teak. Rubber, bamboo, mangroves, palms, oaks, pines and rhododendrons are also grown. Wildlife includes tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, wild boars, parrots, pheasants and tapirs. As for the economy, Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in the world. The primary sector employs over 60% of the population and rice is the most cultivated agricultural product. In the mountains of the north-east opium cultivation is also widespread. Discreet is also the presence of oil reserves and natural gas.

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