Prostitution in Burma is illegal, but very much present.
In Yangon, prostitution often occurs in hotels that also operate as brothels.
Massage parlors are also common place nowadays, with ethnic minority groups such as the Wa running such businesses in particular.
Nightclubs in Yangon are also frequented by prostitutes who work independently.
Throughout the country, the sex industry generally operates out of restaurants, brothels posing as guesthouses, and nightclubs.
In South East Asia, Burma is by far the cheapest when securing the services of a professional lady.
A red light district has also emerged Naypyidaw, Burma’s new national capital, with brothels primarily disguised as beauty parlors and massage salons that attract mainly businessmen and military personnel.
Approximately 70 brothels, mostly in the form of tents and bamboo huts, operate on a cheaper red light zone, along a 30 mile stretch of highway to Naypyidaw.
Burma (Myanmar) is major source of prostitutes (an estimate of 20,000–30,000) in Thailand. Burmese sex workers also operate in Yunnan, China, particularly the border town of Ruili. The majority of Burmese prostitutes in Thailand are from ethnic minorities. Burma is also a source of professional ladies in China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, and Japan.
- Mandalay — former capital of the Konbaung Dynasty built around the Mandalay Royal Palace and main commercial centre of Upper Myanmar.
- Yangon (formerly Rangoon) — the economic centre, known for its pagodas and colonial architecture.
- Naypyidaw (formerly Pyinmana) — newly designated capital of the country.
- Bago (formerly Pegu) — historic city near Yangon full of wonderful Buddhist sights.
- Kawthaung — beach town in the far south which is as much like Thailand as Myanmar gets.
- Mawlamyine (Moulmein) — capital of Mon State and the third largest city.
- Pyin U Lwin (Maymyo) — cool town which is a wonderful former British colonial hill station.
- Taunggyi — capital of Shan State in the heart of the Golden Triangle.
- Twante — a delta town that is famous for pottery.