Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the second largest country in Southeast Asia, sharing borders with Bangladesh, China, India, Laos and Thailand. The official and primary medium of instruction is Myanmar (the same name as the country). The people are rreferred to as the Myanmar people, Myanmar or Myanma. The country consists of various ethnic groups, consisting of Burmese, Shan, Karen, Kachin, Chin, Mon and Rakhine to name a few. English is also spoken in cities like Yangon and Mandalay.
Personal relationships play a large role in Burmese business culture. Third-party introductions are almost a necessity, as Burmese prefer to work with those whom they know and trust. Avoid trying to “fast-track” business proceedings. Be patient and allow plenty of time for business to be conducted.
Myanmar has a beautiful outdoors and natural habitat that can be explored in a variety of ways. Travellers can enjoy several guided tours for activities including scuba diving, hiking, rafting and other water sports. Additionally, many partake in marathons and charity races, cycling and hot air balloon rides. Be sure to visit the beautiful Inle Lake in the Shan Hills near the market town of Indein, the treasured Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the infamous Buddhist pilgrimage site of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Mon State and the incredible volcano of Mount Popa in Mandalay.
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