Travel to Myanmar offers a journey into one of the least visited countries in Asia and will reveal a country still many years behind its wealthier neighbours, but one rich in history and culture.
Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is a country which has not been without its political problems, but this belies the fact that the country is home to an extremely welcoming and charming people.
Ironically, the nation’s lack of tourism over the decades has largely contributed to its current-day charm, as its isolation prevented the rampant development and commercialism that has affected many of its Southeast Asian counterparts.
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is one of the Far East’s most remarkable sights, alongside the temples of Bagan, the beauty of Inle Lake, the cultural attractions of Mandalay and the majestic Irrawaddy River.
One of the best experiences in Myanmar is to discover the country via a river cruise on the Irrawaddy or Chindwin Rivers.
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With a population of over 5 million, Yangon, also known as Rangoon, was the capital of Myanmar up until the end of 2005. It remains the largest city, and is still the pivotal commercial hub of the country today.
A visit to this magnificent city will allow you to take in the interesting mix of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian cultures that mingle there.
The skyline is an interesting contrast of decaying colonial architecture and modern high-rises, dominated by the golden glow of the Shwedagon Pagoda, an exquisite Buddhist temple that draws pilgrims from across the globe.
Your time here would be well spent visiting the impressive array of temples, museums and markets that the city has to offer.