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Burma

Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, is the largest country by geographical area in Indochina (mainland Southeast Asia). The country is bordered by Peoples Republic of China on the north-east, Laos on the east, Thailand on the south-east, Bangladesh on the west, India on the north-west and the Bay of Bengal to the south-west with the Andaman Sea defining its southern periphery. One-third of Burmas total perimeter, 1,930 kilometers (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline.

The countrys culture, heavily influenced by neighbors, is based on Theravada Buddhism intertwined with local elements. Burmas diverse population has played a major role in defining its politics, history and demographics in modern times, and the country continues to struggle to mend its ethnic tensions. The military has dominated government since General Ne Win led a coup in 1962 that toppled the civilian government of U Nu. Burma remains under the tight control of the military-led State Peace and Development Council.

Diving Season

Whilst the Burma dive season runs from October to May, and the best diving conditions in the Mergui Archipelago exist from December to April, with whale sharks and manta rays visiting from February to May.