Getting there: International flights arrive at Yangon (RGN), Mandalay (MDL) and Nay Pyi Taw (NYT) Airports. Overland entry is difficult; the only border crossings allowed are through Thailand.
Capital city: Naypyidaw.
Population: 55.288 million.
Religion: There is no state religion, but Theravada Buddhism has a large following.
Currency: Burmese kyat (MMK).
Climate: Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate with rain from May to October and a cool, dry season from November to February. March and April are the hottest months with very high humidity. The highlands exhibit cool temperatures.
Transport: Larger towns and cities will have a mixture of buses, rickshaws, horse carts, ox carts, vintage taxis, tuk-tuks and pick-up trucks. The more remote villages may only have rickshaws and horse carts. There is an extensive rail system that can be used to explore the country though this can take longer than bus trips. Cruise through the waterways of Myanmar to enjoy a slower paced glimpse of local life along the riverbanks.
Best time to travel: The best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February, when temperatures are more tolerable and it is drier.
What to wear: Pack outdoor clothing of natural lightweight fabrics as it is warm. Women should dress conservatively keeping shoulders, knees and legs covered.