Myanmar-- The Golden Land
The legendary "Golden Land" - this is still the Myanmar of today. Certainly one of the most exotic countries in the world-a land of astounding beauty and charm that moved Kipling to pen these apt words: "quite unlike any land you will ever know".
Myanmar is a paradise to discover, a destination for discerning travelers to explore and experience the mystical charms of the East in all its diversity - rich archaeological sites, glittering pagodas, a wealth of cultures, colorful festivals and arts. Myanmar is also blessed with an awe-inspiring range of natural sights - idyllic landscape, lush fertile plains, vast virgin jungles, majestic snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches washed by crystal clear waters, fragrant pine trees and sunflowers bathed in abundant sunshine.
Myanmar is blessed with abundant natural resources, a large and young workforce, wide-ranging investment opportunities, and a government that is determined to guide the country to a democratic, market-orientated economy.
Myanmar Fast Facts
Area: 676,578 sq km
GDP (PPP): $244.3bn (2014)
GDP (official ex.rate): $65.29bn (2014)
GDP growth rate: 8.3% (FY2015 -16 proj.)
Inflation: 8.4% (2015)
Foreign trade: $24bn (FY2013 -2014)
FDI: $56.5bn (30/04/2015)
International reserves: $8.7bn (Dec 2014)
CBM rate Kyat/$ = 1171K/1$ (19/05/16)
Agriculture Products: Rice, pulses, beans, sesame, groundnuts, sugarcane; fish and fish products; hardwood
Major Industries: Agricultural processing; wood and wood products; copper, tin, tungsten, iron; cement, construction materials; pharmaceuticals, fertilizer; oil and natural gas, garmets, jade and gems
About Nay Pyi Taw
Nay Pyi Taw the capital city of Myanmar, sits at the center of the country which itself sits at the cross roads of Asia between two vast emerging powers, India and China. The capital and the country are admirably positioned to become major players in the near future. Already since the regime change in 2010 Myanmar has re-staked its claim on the world stage. 2013 saw the hosting of the South East Asian Games and the World Economic Forum (East Asia) and 2014 the Chairmanship of ASEAN.
Nay Pyi Taw, the capital since 2005, has green credentials. It combines pleasing and interesting architecture, good landscaping and no traffic jams or pollution. Seated in the middle of the country, this government city is a hub with good air, road and rail connections. For the business community it offers first rate hotels, up to date convention centers and a fine new sports stadium. For the traveler there are many local sights to enjoy and it is an excellent jumping-off point to explore the rest of Myanmar’s rich cultural heritage. For these reasons it is the ‘green’ city from which to engage in business and tourism.
How to get there:
- By air (international): Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, located 10 miles southeast of the city, is served by Bangkok Airways from Bangkok, Thailand with international flights everyday except Sunday.
- By train: the Nay Pyi Taw Station is on the main Yangon-Mandalay rail line. It takes nine hours by train to get from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw.
- By private transport: Nay Pyi Taw is a 5-hour drive from Yangon.
- Getting around Nay Pyi Taw: taxis, tuktuk or motorbike taxis are available around the city.