Basic information

Myanmar is a great place to visit at any time of the year. The seasons come and go, but Myanmar’s multifarious attractions endure throughout the year and are growing in popularity. The fascinations of Myanmar lies in the mysteries of its history, culture, pure religion, innocent hill tribes, in the majesty of its sweeping mountain ranges, in the busy market-places, hidden archipelago, unknown wildlife and many other things.
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Admission Charges

Entry to Myanmar’s major cultural sites (Bagan, Bago, Mrauk-U and Pyay) as well as those located in and near Mandalay, requires a government pass. This usually costs between $5 and $15, but note that some tickets can be used for multiple sites and are valid for multiple days. Museums and religious complexes often have admission fees that you pay at the door.

Public holidays

  • 4 January, Independence Day which celebrates Burmese independence in 1948.
  • 12 February, Union Day which celebrates when Aung San came to an agreement with Burma’s ethnic minorities at regarding the future of the country in 1947.
  • 2 March, Peasants’ Day which honours the workforce
  • 27 March, Tatmadaw or Armed Forces Day
  • 13-17 April, Thingyan or water festival and Burmese New Year
  • 1 May, Labour Day
  • 19 July, Martyr’s Day commemorating Aung San and the eight members of his cabinet who were assassinated in 1947.
The above holidays have fixed dates, but the Burmese also celebrate a few whose dates change depending on the Buddhist calendar: the full moon days of Tabaung (March/April), Kason (May), Waso (July, Thadingyut (October) and Tazaungmone (November) and National Day, also in November.  In addition to these national holidays, non-Buddhist celebrations are held by minority religious groups.

Language

There are approximately a hundred languages spoken in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Burmese, spoken by two thirds of the population, is the official language. [Learn some basic Burmese]

Time Zone

Myanmar time is abbreviated to MMT and it is 6:30 hours ahead of Greenwich Meant Time (GMT).

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THINGS TO DO

Mingalapar helps you in your enthralling « quest » of  your search for unique experiences while in Myanmar. Because Myanmar is still a mysterious destination with undiscovered treasures, we have listed the must-see that can inspire you in your trip planning : While in Yangon, you will find cultural, historical and religious must-sees such as the sacred Shwedagon pagoda, the Bogyoke Aung San Market and its colorful shops, the National Museum of Myanmar and its ancient treasures. You will find a short description of the must-see, its location and all you need around (Hotels, Restaurants, Activities, etc). A complete tour around Yangon tradition and culture with a complete visit of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a half day cooking class of burmese culinary specialities, a spectacular Hot air Balloon ride over Bagan at sunset, the climbing of the endless stairs of Mount Popa, kayaking on the serene Inle lake with its temples and floating gardens : with our section « Activities », Mingalapar will offer you a large range of activities, experiences that no other travelers have ever experienced. You will be able to organise your own, personalized experiences in Myanmar. Our market place of Activities & Tours will put you directly in touch with the local suppliers, and allow you to book a slot only in few clicks. All these activities made you hungry? Let’s find a restaurant near by with our category Food&Drink. You can sort the restaurants by location, type of food, price range. The pictures of the dishes and the customers’ reviews and rates will help you choose among a large range of restaurant. Take a picture of your favorite burmese dish, post it on instagram with some pictures of your trip and share your story on MyInstaTrip. You will be able to see on MyInstaTrip the experience of other instagramers who visited Myanmar, and see the country through their eyes. And don’t forget to put the hashtag #Mingalapar, and share your picture with our community of Myanmar lovers. Because, as Rudyard Kipling said, Myanmar «  It is quite unlike any place you know ».

Find the Things to do in Myanmar on the following categories : Must See Places | Tours and Activities | Food & Drink Guide | My Instatrip | #Mingalapar

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