An exquisite country of green landscapes and golden temples, Myanmar is one of the world’s most exciting new tourist destinations.
Closed off to the world for many years, Myanmar is now showcasing its wealth of treasures to travelers from across the globe. Since opening up in 2011, Myanmar has developed rapidly, but it still retains a unique cultural identity and traditional charm that sets it apart from many of its Southeast Asian neighbors.
For visitors, Myanmar offers a breath-taking array of natural and manmade attractions. The country’s largest city and commercial capital, Yangon displays a charming blend of colonial architecture, parks, lakes and temples, including the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. Dominating the city’s skyline, this 99-meter-high golden temple is believed to be the world’s oldest Buddhist pagoda and is visited by thousands of worshippers every day. Elsewhere in the city, guests can explore the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, shop at the famous Bogyoke Market, or take a leisurely stroll around Kandawgyi or Inya lakes.
Myanmar has far more to offer than urban exploration, however. Heading north along the legendary Irrawaddy River, this beautiful country reveals a stunning landscape of temple-studded plains, rugged hills and lush forests. The ancient city of Bagan features more than 2,200 temples and pagodas, stretching across the plain and creating a deeply spiritual scene.
Elsewhere, the second city of Mandalay and new capital Naypyidaw showcase contrasting visions of Myanmar, ancient and modern, and in the hills of Shan State, Inle Lake is one of Asia’s most alluring bodies of water and home to the famous “one-legged” Intha fisherman.
As Myanmar continues to open up, many more of its treasures will be uncovered, including the spectacular and unspoilt southern coastline. Considering it is Southeast Asia's second largest country, there is so much left to discover in magical Myanmar.
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