MYANMAR

Fascinating and fast-changing, the far away land of MYANMAR (or Burma as it was formally known) is a travel delight. True, it neighbours backpacker hotspots Thailand and Laos, but since opening its borders in 2012 Burma is still rubbing the sleep from its eyes, still stretching its limbs and finding its range. Although visitor numbers are currently reflecting the unstable nature of the country, more and more backpackers are arriving, more hostels appearing, much of it becoming more accessible.

Those who decide to visit are rewarded in more ways than they could imagine: the ever-willing locals offer genuine smiles and warm hospitality; tribal towns and remote ethnic villages - although difficult to reach - are eye-opening affairs; the sunrise over the temples of Bagan is truly unforgettable, Shwedagon Pagoda jaw dropping. Burma’s history is rich and complex, its culture compelling. This is a land raw from self-imposed tourism boycotts and sadly, ever-present conflict. But look past the guerrilla army posts and you’ll find beautiful mountain ranges, vivid green landscapes and a country so full of treasures you’ll wonder if any visa extension could ever allow you to take it all in.

Fascinating and fast-changing, the far away land of MYANMAR (or Burma as it was formally known) is a travel delight. True, it neighbours backpacker hotspots Thailand and Laos, but since opening its borders in 2012 Burma is still rubbing the sleep from its eyes, still stretching its limbs and finding its range. Although visitor numbers are currently reflecting the unstable nature of the country, more and more backpackers are arriving, more hostels appearing, much of it becoming more accessible.

Those who decide to visit are rewarded in more ways than they could imagine: the ever-willing locals offer genuine smiles and warm hospitality; tribal towns and remote ethnic villages – although difficult to reach – are eye-opening affairs; the sunrise over the temples of Bagan is truly unforgettable, Shwedagon Pagoda jaw dropping. Burma’s history is rich and complex, its culture compelling. This is a land raw from self-imposed tourism boycotts and sadly, ever-present conflict. But look past the guerrilla army posts and you’ll find beautiful mountain ranges, vivid green landscapes and a country so full of treasures you’ll wonder if any visa extension could ever allow you to take it all in.

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