Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country in South East Asia that isn’t yet firmly established on the tourist trail like its neighbours: Thailand, India and Laos. Having only opened up to tourists in the last 5 years there is still a lot to learn and discover about this mysterious country.

Let’s start with some facts, the country uses the kyat as its currency and speaks mainly Burmese, a language that sounds and looks completely different from its Asian neighbours! English is not as widely spoken as in the more popular South East Asian countries, although most local people you encounter will be very eager to practice. Speaking of locals, they are wonderfully friendly and warm, but as always, be aware of scams and use common sense. Never get mouthy with an officer at a check point (you may pass a few if you choose to travel by road).

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