Known as the Golden land, Myanmar is a new and emerging tourist destination in South East Asia and is rich in cultures and natural attractions. There are several pagodas, temples, beauty spots, archaeological sites, snow-peaked mountains, deep forests with abundant flora and fauna, rivers and natural lakes, unspoiled beaches and archipelagos, 135 national races with their colorful costumes and customs, traditional arts and crafts all make up Myanmar the most exotic and fascinating destination in Asia. The visitors will find Myanmar a beautiful and peaceful place.
The Union of Myanmar has a population of over 49 million. Myanmar is a union of 135 ethnic groups but the major races are Kachin, Kayah, Karan, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine and Shan. 90 percent of Myanmar practice Buddhism. The rest practice Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and animism. Myanmar lies on the cross-road of two of the world’s great civilizations China and India – but its culture is neither that of India nor that of China exclusively, but a blend of both interspersed with Myanmar native traits and characteristics. Buddhism has greatly influence on the daily lives of Myanmar. The people have preserved the tradition of close family ties, respect for elders, reverence for Buddhism and simple native dress. Myanmars are contended and cheerful even in the face of adversities and known for their simple hospitality and friendliness.
The official language is Myanmar but English is widely spoken and understood too. It is a transitional economy moving from 26 years of centrally planned socialist economy to market-oriented economy. Private sector has been encouraged and developed in both domestic and external trade. Foreign investment is allowed in almost all sector of the economy. Agriculture