Myanmar

Formerly known as Burma, this exotic destination is relatively new to tourism and as such, the traveler must view a trip here as nothing less than an adventure.  That's because what you'll lack in convenience, you'll make up for in having the opportunity to see a part of Asia that has changed little since British colonial times and before.  And, you can see it without the throngs of other travelers.  Myanmar is a country of incredible and surreal sights, of amazing handicrafts, of timeless traditions and a strong Buddhist culture. You'll need to give yourself ample time in Myanmar as it has numerous fascinating sites to see that can be difficult to reach.  Traveling in Myanmar also requires both patience and flexibility but it's well worth it to see this unique destination.

 

Important Destinations

Bagan - A World Heritage Site; home to the densest concentration of temples in the world

Inle Lake - Famous for its "one-legged fishermen" and floating villages

Kyaing Tong - Formerly a royal capital; famous for its exquisite handicrafts; gateway to hill tribes 

Mandalay - Second largest city; center of Burmese culture; home to important temples/pagodas/monasteries

Mrauk U - The second most important archeological site in Myanmar; gateway to the Chin Villages

Yangon - The country's largest city; home to the most holy Shwedgon Pagoda; famous for the Bogyoke Market

 

Best Time to Visit 

The best time to visit Myanmar is in the cool, dry season;  the months of late November through May