On a Myanmar travel tour prepare to see a country rich in culture and tradition as well as having a contrasting range of people and differing scenery. As the largest country in mainland South-East Asia Myanmar stretches to China in the north, Laos and Thailand in the east and southeast, the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal in the south, and Bangladesh and India to the west.
It’s a country dictated by three main seasons – hot, rainy and cold season – the hottest months from March to May, the rainy season from June to October and cold season from November to February.
With as many as 135 different nationalities calling Myanmar home, much can be said about the differing backgrounds of such national races being Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. Population is more than 60 million, the main nationality Myanmar. There are also more than 100 ethnic groups, Akha, Palaung, Padaung, Naga, Taron, Eng and many more near-extinct tribes. The religions are Buddhist, Christian and Muslim.
The major language is Myanmar, although some minority ethnic groups have their own languages. For the benefit of Australian tourists, English is widely spoken and understood.