Myanmar is the 40th largest country in the world and it has an area of around 680,000 square kilometres. This makes it one of the largest countries in south-east Asia. Recent figures collected about a year ago suggest that there are 14 states in Burma which are divided further into 67 districts and over 300 townships.
Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and Laos. It is also a coastal country and there are around 1200 miles of continuous coastline that border the Bay of Bengal. This stretch of coastal border makes up about a quarter of the total perimeter of the country.
The border with China is made up of the Henduan Shan mountains with the highest point having an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet. This is also the highest point in Burma. There are also other mountain ranges which eventually lead all the way to the Himalayas.
The longest river in Burma is the Irrawaddy River and eventually ends by flowing into the Gulf of Martaban. This river is responsible for creating a great many fertile plains which are used for agricultural purposes. A great deal of Burma’s population live in this valley because it is a good place for growing crops.