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Location

Myanmar is situated in southeast Asia and is bordered on the north and northeast by China; on the east and southeast by Laos and Thailand;on the south by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal; and on the west by Bangladesh and India. It is located between  latitudes 09°32’N  and 28°31’N and longitudes 92°10’E and 101°11’E. The country covers an area of 677,000 square kilometers (261,228 square miles) ranging 936 kilometers (581 miles) from east to west and 2,051 kilometers (1,275 miles) from north to south.

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Nay Pyi Taw

Nay Pyi Taw is the administrative capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Centrally located, it is 391 km from Yangon and 302 km from Mandalay, being easily accessible from all parts of the Union. The environs of Nay Pyi Taw comprise (8) townships viz. Zeyar Thiri, Pohbba Thiri, Uttara Thiri, Zabu Thiri, Dekina Thiri, Pyinmana, Lewe and Tatkone Townships. Nay Pyi Taw Airport is about 30 minutes from Nay Pyi Taw. All domestic carriers operate daily flights from Nay Pyi Taw to the commercial capital, Yangon, and the cultural capital Mandalay. There are flights via Nay Pyi Taw to tourist destinations such as Bagan, Heho, Sittwe, Myitkyina, Kyaing Tong and others.

Transportation

Nay Pyi Taw Station is on the main Yangon-Mandalay rail line. It takes nine hours by train to get from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw. Nay Pyi Taw Airport, located 10 miles southeast of the city, is served by all domestic airlines. Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Myanma Airways and Yangon Airways, with regular flights to Yangon and other cities across the country. A new highway from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw has been opened recently and now the travelling time from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw is only about 4 hours drive.

List of Airlines Currently Operating In Myanmar

 

AIRLINE ICAO IATA CALLSIGN COMMENCED
OPERATIONS
Air Bagan JAB W9 AIR BAGAN 2004
Air KBZ KBZ KZ AIR KBZ 2010
Asian Wings Airways AWM AW Asian star 2010
Air Mandalay LMT 6T SIX TANGO 1994
Myanma Airways UBA UB UNIONAIR 1948
Myanmar Airways International MMA 8M MYANMAR  1998
Yangon Airways FSC YH
1996- re-operate in 2011
Golden Myanmar Airlines Y5 2012

International Airports

 

Location served Region/State ICAO IATA Airport name
International airports
Mandalay / Tada-U Mandalay Region VYMD MDL Mandalay International Airport
Yangon (Rangoon) Yangon Region VYYY RGN Yangon International Airport
Naypyidaw (Naypyitaw) Mandalay Region VYNT NPT Naypyidaw International Airport (Ela Airport)
Bago (Bago) Bago Region Hanthawaddy International Airport(Under Construction)

 

Interesting Places in Nay Pyi Taw

Uppatasanti Pagoda

Similar in size and shape to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Uppatasanti Pagoda was completed in 2009.[33] This new pagoda is named the Uppatasanti or "Peace Pagoda". The stake-driving ceremony for the pagoda was held on 12 November 2006.[34] The invitation card for the ceremony opened with a phrase "Rajahtani Naypyidaw (the royal capital where the king resides)". The pagoda is just 30 cm (12 in) shorter than the Shwedagon Pagoda.[36] Uppatasanti translates roughly to "Protection against Calamity".

The City Hall (Nay Pyi Taw)

City Hall is one of the prominent Land Marks of Nay Pyi Taw, in which Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee establishes its headquarters which undertakes tasks for development of Nay Pyi Taw. State occasions are held with the accompaniment of the tune of National Anthem played by State Orchestra in Nay Pyi Taw City Hall. That indicates Nay Pyi Taw, administrative City of the Union of Myanmar.

Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC)

It is located on 16 acres of land with 312, 000 square feet in Zabuthiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw. It was built by the People’s Republic of China and completed on 15 March 2010. The MICC has a plenary hall that can accommodate 1900 persons. The MICC building is formed with listening rooms, holding rooms, meeting rooms, VIP summit room, news briefing room, singing room and the 720 persons capacity Banquet Hall.

Yangon

Yangon (Burmese: ရန်ကုန်; MLCTS: rankun mrui, pronounced: [jàɴɡòʊɴ mjo̰]; also known as Rangoon, literally: "End of Strife") is a former capital of Myanmar and the capital of Yangon Region. Yangon, with a population of over four million, continues to be the country's largest city and the most important commercial centre. Yangon was founded in 1755 by King AlaungPaya on the site of the small settlement called Dagon. Yangon has a unique charm, with its old colonial buildings, tree-lined streets, bustling local markets and tranquil lakes.There are famous golden pagodas that glitter amongst the trees and buildings like Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Botataung Pagoda and Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda to name a few. The Shwedagon Pagoda, situated on a small hill with its spire rising to a height of 99.4 meters (326 ft.) is visible from all parts of the city and is considered one of the most magnificent monuments on earth. It's stupa is covered with 8,000 solid gold plates and its spire set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. A huge emerald in the middle of the stupa catches the first and last rays of the sun. Eight hairs of Lord Buddha and other relics are  enshrined in this pagoda.

Geography

The total area of Myanmar is 678,500 sq km where 657,740 sq km occupies the land and 20,760 sq km occupies the water. The bordering countries are Bangladesh 193 km, China 2,185 km, India 1,463 km, Laos 235 km, and Thailand 1,800 km. The central lowlands ringed by steep, rugged highlands The lowest point is the Andaman Sea (0 m) and the highest point  Hkakabo Razi (5,881 m).

Climate

Myanmar has three main seasons, the hot season, the rainy season and the cold season. The Hot season is from March to May, the rainy season is from June to October and the cold season is from November to February.

Natural resources

Myanmar is rich in natural resources such as petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, some marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower.

People

Myanmar is made up of 135 national races, of which the main national races are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. Population is estimated to be over 60 million. The nationality is Myanmar.  Some of the Ethnic groups are listed as Akha, Palaung, Padaung, Naga, Taron, Eng and many more near extinct tribes. The religions are Buddhist, Christian and Muslim. The major language is Myanmar, but minority ethnic groups have their own languages.  English is widely spoken and understood.

History

The earliest primates known today as Pondaung Man, resided in Pondaung, northern Myanmar about 40 million years ago. After those era, many city states emerged, and then came the three empires. In the third century BC, Myanmar was already unified into one strong empire. The first Myanmar Empire was created by King Anawrahta of the Bagan Dynasty (1044-1077 AD). The second Myanmar Empire was created by King Bayinnaung of the Taungoo Dynasty (1551-1581 AD). The third Myanmar Empire was led by King Alaungpaya of the Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1760 AD). These three great kings were well-known in the Myanmar history for their bravery and  leadership. In 1885, King Thibaw, Queen Supaya Latt and the royal family were taken to Ratanagiri, India and Myanmar fell under the British Rule. Myanmar became a British Colony from 1885 and regained her Independence in  1948. The country is governed as a presidential republic with a bicameral legislature, with a portion of legislatures appointed by the military and others elected in general elections. The current head of state, inaugurated as President on 30 March 2011, is U Thein Sein.The legislature, called the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, is bicameral and made up of two houses: The 224-seat upper house Amyotha Hluttaw (House of Nationalities) and the 440-seat lower house Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives). The major political parties are the National League for Democracy, National Democratic Force the National Unity Party, and the Union Solidarity and Development Party.     The Constitution was approved overwhelmingly (92.4% of 22 million voters) in a referendum in May 2008.

Neighbouring Countries

Myanmar has many neighbouring countries, Bangladesh is located in the West, India in the Northwest, China in the Northeast, Laos and Thailand in the East.

General Information

•    The country code is +95, and the internet access code is .mm.
•    Time Zone = MMT (UTC+6:30)
•    International airports are in Nay Pyi Taw,Yangon and Mandalay.
•    The country is divided into States, Regions, Townships, Wards and Villages.
•    Business Hours is usually from 9am to 5pm for private companies and 9:30-4:30 for government offices. Working days are from Monday through Friday. Public holidays are also included.
•    Major Credit cards are not widely accepted. Cash is always more convenient. National currency is Kyat. Foreign currencies(US.Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Euro can be changed  at official Money Changers)  Usually I US$ is equal to about 900 Kyats.
•    Electricity is 200 volts AC, 50Hz.
•    Taxis are available everywhere. There are over 250 Buses lines running through Yangon everyday. For exclusive transport, there are car rental services.
•    Domestic highway bus terminals are Aung-Yadanar and Aung Min Galar, both about 10 miles from downtown Yangon.
•    Common local unit of weight is peiktha (viss), which equals to 3.6 pounds.
•    Most common unit of measure is feet and inches.
•    Clothing should be light, casual cotton wear, sandals or slippers are best for summer.A cardigan or light jerkin for winter and quick drying clothes and an umbrella during the rainy season.


 

Contact Address

Embassy of Myanmar, Bandar Seri Begawan,
Brunei Darussalam

Phone: 673 2451 960/ 2451 961
Fax: 2451963
Email: embassymyanmar.brunet@gmail.com
Web: www.mebandarseribegawan.org