Mystical Myanmar remains one of the least visited nations in South East Asia. Formerly known as Burma, but now officially referred to as Myanmar (or Republic of the Union of Myanmar to be exact), this Buddhist country in many ways still offers a real sense of ‘unchartered Asia’ where little has changed since it was a former British colony; ATM’s are rarely seen and for many areas, people still use horse and cart to get around.
Touring Myanmar should include in a visit to the relatively quiet and charming former capital city of Yangon (otherwise known as Rangoon) for a chance to see its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage, as well as stays in Bagan for a chance to see stupas dating back to 11th and 12th century, a visit to the famed old cities around Mandalay and the floating villages around Inle Lake.
From these main hubs, guests can explore the many riverside communities, mountain villages and local towns where men still wear their traditional shirt-like Iongyi, women continue to paint themselves in thanakha (traditional make-up), and grannies walk around with mouths full of red-stained teeth from chewing the local betel leaf.
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