Myanmar sits at the crossroads of the great civilizations of India and China, and looks out onto the vast Indian Ocean next to Thailand, stretching from the sparkling islands of the Andaman Sea in the south right up into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range.
To this day Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm which is only now emerging into the modern world, Myanmar is fast becoming the new hotspot destination of Southeast Asia. With diplomatic relations re-established, tourism is increasing. At present there are limited hotels and flights, so there are not the crowds you find in other countries. This will change soon as plans for new flights, carriers and hotels are underway.
Right now it is a perfect destination for those who wish to experience and interact at a deeper level with the local culture, heritage, and local people. Visit the capital of Yangon with its beautiful old heritage buildings, the ancient capital of Bagan - one of Asia's richest archaeological sites with over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries dating from 1044 AD, Mandalay - capital of the last Myanmar Empire and the cultural and spiritual heart of the country, and Inle Lake located in the Shan plateau. The lake is surrounded by different hilltribe villages. The Intha live on the lake and are known for their floating gardens and markets. Each village has a different specialty - such as woodcarving. silversmiths lotus weaving, etc. Cruise the Irrawaddy River, trek to different hilltribe villages, visit Golden Rock or Mrauk U.