Burma Tours Factfile
Capital: Nay Pyi Daw (since 2005)
Major City: Yangon (formerly Rangoon)
Population: 47.8 million
Language: Burmese and other ethnic minority languages.
Time: GMT + 6.5.
International dialling code: + 95
Visas: Required by UK citizens.
Country Representative in UK: Embassy of Myanmar, 19A Charles Street, London W1J 5DX. Tel: 0207 4998841.
Voltage: 230 AC, 50 Hz.
Money: Kyat (K) divided into 100 pyas. Exchange rates vary considerably and there is a thriving black market. World Discovery will send you detailed notes when you book one of our holidays. US dollar notes are the best form of currency to take with you.
Vaccinations: There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Recommended: BCG, Cholera, Diptheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, JE, Malaria, Polio, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. For up-to-date information please consult your local G.P. or visit the MASTA website
Guidebook: The Lonely Planet Guide to Myanmar (Burma)
Food and Drink: The regional food is hot and spicy. Fish, rice, noodles and vegetables spiced with onions, ginger, garlic and chillies are the common local ingredients. Chinese and Indian cuisine is offered in many hotels and restaurants. Specialities include lethok son (a sort of spicy vegetarian rice salad), mohinga (fish soup with noodles), and oh-no khauk swe (rice noodles, chicken and coconut milk). Delicious fruits are available in the markets and food stalls appear on the corners of most large towns. Tea is a popular drink; the spices that are added to it, however, can make the tongue turn bright red.
Locally produced beer, rum, whisky and gin are generally available.