Travel guide

“Burma, a country that’s different from anything you know”. R. Kipling.

This Southeast Asian country, influenced by the surrounding cultures, is nevertheless very different from its neighbors. A mix of Buddhism from India and traditions from Thailand and Laos, but an atmosphere all its own.

Since Aung San Suu Kyi, travel there has become a must. To explore its pagodas, marvel at its stupas, cross its dense jungles and travel up the banks of the Irrawady.

Time difference



Kyat Myanmarais


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

Myanmar (Burma) has almost 130 ethnic groups and as many languages/dialects. here are a few rudiments of the Burmese language:

  • Good morning / Good evening = Mingalarbar
  • How are you? = Min nay kow lar?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Kow par deh min yaw
  • Do you speak French/English? = Min English sakar / pyinthit sakar pyaw tat lar?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Ngar nar lae par deh / Ngar nar ma lae bou
  • Sorry = Ngar taung pan par deh
  • Goodbye = Tat tar
  • Welcome = Gyo so bar deh
  • Thank you (very much) = Jay zu tin bar deh
  • Excuse me/Please = Jay zu pyu jouer
  • I am French = Ngar ka pyin thit lu myo bar
  • My name is… = Ngar nam mae ka … phit par deh
  • No thanks = Ma yu tot bou. Jay zu bae
  • Yes/No = Hoe tale / ma hoe bou
  • You’re welcome / Please = Ya bar deh

Key figures

Surface area: 676 575 km²

53.37 million inhabitants (2017)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR for children
  • anti-tuberculosis treatment

Depending on local conditions and travel zones: hepatitis A and B, bacterial meningitis, rabies and Japanese encephalitis. Ask your GP for advice before you travel.


A visa is required to enter Burma. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date of arrival in the country.

The Tourist Visa is valid for 28 days and is issued by Burmese embassies and consulates, with deadlines varying according to their workload and tourist numbers. This visa can also be obtained on arrival in Burma, provided you have applied for it in advance via the Internet.