Flights to Burma
Burma, known also as Myanmar, is a country in south east Asia. Burma has an extensive coast on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
There are several options for flights from South Africa to Burma. One suggestion is to fly to neighbouring Thailand, to Bangkok and then transfer over the border by land or air. This is fine if you’re planning to visit Bangkok on the same trip, though it isn’t entirely necessary to fly this route. From Johannesburg, you can catch a one stop flight to Burma’s largest city Yangon (formerly Rangoon), with Singapore Airlines, flying via Singapore, or with Malaysia Airlines flying via Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, flights are available with Emirates, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Etihad Airways which all involve two stops including one in Bangkok.
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The Tourist Attractions of Burma:
Burma is now officially called the Union of Myanmar, though the two names are both commonly used. The country offers visitors an interesting mix of architectures, history, cultures and scenery.
The city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the commercial capital of Burma is particularly known for its stunning, ornate pagodas and its colonial architecture. Formerly the capital city of Myanmar, Yangon is a great place to see many examples of old British colonial architecture and although there are now modern high rise buildings here too, the city still retains much of its old-world feel. The most impressive attraction in Yangon though, is the Shwedagon Pagoda – the most important religious site in Burma. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a very impressive structure, situated on the top of Singuttara Hill.
There are other religious sites in Yangon, though none as impressive as Shwedagon Pagoda, and other attractions visitors should see include the Zoological Gardens which feature many wild animals, the Buddha statues in Mailamu Paya and the People’s Park.
Visitors to Burma who are interested in seeing more religious sites will enjoy a visit to Bagan. Here you will find an assortment of pagodas, Buddhist temples, ruins and more in what is in fact the largest area of such constructions in the world. Many of them date back to the 11th and 12th century.
If you’re staying in Bagan, a day trip to Mount Popa comes recommended. At the summit is the Popa Taungkalat shrine which can be reached by climbing the 777 steps once you have removed your shoes and socks!
Half way between Yangon and Bagan is the town of Pyay, worth a stop if you’re passing through due to its archaeological site Sri Kittara. This was the ancient Pyu capital between 2 and 9 AD.
Once you’ve seen all the culture of Burma, you may enjoy a relaxing experience on the coast. One of Burma’s popular beach resorts is Ngapali on the Bay of Bengal. There are white sands and crystal clear waters to relax in here and you can also enjoy the surrounding rural areas with small and quiet fishing villages.
When Should You Visit?:
Burma lies within a monsoon region and hence experiences high rainfall. The southwest monsoons affect the country between June and September when the weather is hot and humid, though remains generally cloudy. The northeast monsoon affects Burma from December to April when temperatures are milder and it is not as cloudy or humid.