After years of intense government rule and political corruption, Myanmar is shining again. This Southeast Asian country, filled with thousands of ancient stupas and temples, represents a clash of cultures that came together centuries ago to form the Burmese Empire. Only recently were travel restrictions relaxed for foreign visitors, opening this enchanting and mystical destination to the world. One glimpse at the famed colonial architecture of Yangon or a hike in the remote mountainous region near the Bay of Bengal, and you’ll see why so many are escaping to Burma.
Spend a day walking the ancient colonial streets of Yangon, visiting stupas, pagodas, markets and historical structures; or make the hour-long trek from Yathetaung base camp to the Golden Rock. These are just some of the hiking and walking adventures that await in Myanmar.
Myanmar is a culturally rich country, and you can get a first-hand look as some of the local artisans practice their craft. Learn how Bagan’s famous lacquerware crafts are produced, watch the process of pounding goldleaf and detailing teakwood carvings, and discover how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are constructed.
View thousand-year-old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River from the sky. A hot air balloon ride takes you soaring over the ancient kingdom of Bagan, giving you an unparalleled view of the temple-dotted landscape.