Travelling to Myanmar is not only a voyage into a different geographic region, but also a voyage back in time. How far back in time you can travel depends on the destinations you choose to visit. Myanmar’s capital Yangon can take you back 20 or 30 years compared to most other capital cities in South East Asia. However, a visit to the backwash hill tribes is more like a voyage into the middle ages!
MAI Myanmar Airways International
Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is an international carrier with three major routes into this fascinating, unique and vast country. Flights from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore operate into Yangon, which was until recently the capital of the country (see Alternative View). The fleet is made up of various types of ATR, Fokker and a MD 82 aircraft. The only daily service is between Yangon and Bangkok, which takes around 45 minutes and currently operates at 10:15 each morning from Bangkok. Yangon International Airport is the only international entry point into the country for air travellers.
Flights to Burma on Myanmar Airways
The capital of Myanmar (or Burma as it was known before independence from British rule in 1948) is Yangon formerly Rangoon, Yes? No, as from 2006 the administrative capital has been moved by the Government to Naypyidaw which is away from the coast and an overnight train journey from the major city of Yangon. This is a country unlike any other in the world today, the alternative airlines on-line booking process may be the easiest part of your journey into this military run, ethnic melting pot.
Alternative Airlines the UK site for immediate confirmed on-line bookings. Myanmar sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilisations of India and China, and looks out onto the vast Indian Ocean next to Thailand.