Myanmar (Burma)

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Following the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in 2010, the moral debate of whether or not to visit Myanmar is no longer restricting visitors and with cheap flights from Bangkok and fast-issued visas the country is becoming a tourist hot spot.

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What to do:

-Trek through the tribal hill country from the colonial era hillstation of Kalaw to the beautifully atmospheric Inle Lake, taking in terraced valleys, sandstone ridges, thickly forested hills and the agricultural lands of the Padaung, Pa-O, Tangthu and Danu minority communities at the western end of the Shan plateau

– Eat mohinga, the traditional rice noodle and fish soup, dished up by street vendors throughout the country while you watch the world go by from your pavement dining room

-Hot-air balloon, cycle or walk around historic Bagan – over 2000 temples, pagodas and monasteries that were built between the 9th and 13th centuries that mushroom from the plains of Bagan

-Experience modern Burmese life in the former capital of Yangon as this country gradually opens it’s doors to the outside world with a highlight being the impressive Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most sacred Burmese Buddhist sites

-Shop on the floating islands of Inle Lake where traditional crafts and factories are still in operation and open to tourists who paddle dugout canoes from one vendor to the next

– Read: ‘From the land of green ghosts’ by Pascal Khoo Thwe

For more images from Myanmar please visit my Asia portfolio

The weaving factory, Burma

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