The changes in Myanmar over the past seven years have been remarkable. In late 2007, its military junta was widely condemned for a violent crackdown on protests led by Buddhist monks. Then came Cyclone Nargis. Since those events, the country has seen the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and the decisive victory of her pro-democracy party in a largely free election, the first in a quarter-century. The nation still faces steep challenges, but perceptions are changing. However, it remains to be seen if the country will continue down the democratic path, or if the military will retain their self-interested grip on power.
To phone hotels in Burma, dial 011 (international access) + 95 (Burma code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
November-February is the coolest and most pleasant period of the year. The summer monsoon generally begins in late May and brings high humidity.
Rangoon, Tel. 1-536-509.
Kyat (MMK). Fluctuating rate valued at MMK1,291 = US$1.00 as of October 2016. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.
10 ½ hours ahead of New York (EST). (Time listed is for DST in the West. Difference is one hour more November to mid-March.)