Myanmar, the biggest country by land area on the mainland Southeast Asia, is also known as the “Golden Land” because of its pagodas with domes all covered in gold leaf and gleaming in the light. With a population of 52 million people, the country that is slightly bigger than Texas, is ethnically and culturally diverse – it has 135 recognized ethnic groups who have their own distinct histories, cultures and identities. Moreover, Myanmar has abundant natural resources, such as oil and gas, teak and other hardwood, ruby, jade, copper and many others.Because of its vast tracts of unspoiled forestland, rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, unspoiled coastline, large freshwater lakes and long rivers, high untrammelled mountains and strings of virtually untouched islands, Mr. Alan Rabinowitz, a well-known American wildlife biologist from Wildlife Conservation Society, once referred to the country as a “pot of gold”.
Myanmar enjoys a tropical monsoon and there are three seasons, namely summer (March to May), raining (June to October) and winter (November to February). Over the recent years, winter has become significantly milder. The best time to visit Myanmar is from November to February when the temperature is relatively cool and the rainfall is significantly less, but all seasons have their charms in one way or another.
Most Myanmar people are Theravada Buddhists represent 87% of the population while the rest are made up of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Animism.