Country: Myanmar

Population: 47,373,958

Capital: Rangoon

Time Zone: UTC+6.5

Currency Name: kyat (MMK)

Government Type: Military junta

Languages: Burmese, minority ethnic groups have their own languages

Ethnic Breakdown: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%

Religion: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%

Major Cities: Rangoon, Mandalay

Phone Country Code: 95

Health Concerns: very high risk of food, waterborne and vectorborne diseases (diarrhea, Hepatitis A, typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria, avian flu)

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: November - February

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, d, f, g

Major Holidays:

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Myanmar was once known as the rice basket of Asia because it exported millions of tons of rice a year. Now, Myanmar is no longer known as the rice basket of Asia, but as the opium bowl of the world. The country is also sometimes known as Burma.