Burma (Myanmar) is exotic, beautiful and beguiling, and thanks to a gradual relaxation of censorship and steps towards democracy, the country is becoming more accessible to visitors than ever – yet its unique landscapes, immense cultural diversity and centuries-old traditions remain.

On your holiday in Burma, you'll find gems around every corner. Thousands of temples and pagodas peek through the trees, and you shouldn't miss the chance to visit the ornate temples of Bagan and Yangon (formerly Rangoon) and the palace of Mandalay, the former royal capital, which sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. See the floating gardens and watch the fishermen on the beautiful and serene Inle Lake, and in rural Myanmar, you'll find beautiful landscapes, wildlife including elephants and leopards and ancient tribes whose historic customs prevail. Horses and carts traverse the fields, carved up by the ethereal Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers, whose banks are punctuated with teak monasteries and villages of thatched homes. Take an enchanting scenic cruise - a perfect way to take in the charms of Burma. 

Linger over tea in a traditional teahouse, trek through lush green forests teeming with wildlife, explore characterful villages and markets, and come across Buddhist monks and locals in colourful traditional dress. You can also combine the unique culture and landscapes with a dose of beachfront heaven - after visiting the sights, relax on the palm-lined beaches of Ngapali overlooking the pristine waters of the Bay of Bengal. 

Discover for yourself the country that Rudyard Kipling described as 'unlike any land you know about'. 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF BURMA

The incredible pagodas (payas).

Visiting the glittering temples at sunrise and sunset.

Pearl Island, just off the coast of Ngapali.
  
Tea in a traditional teahouse. 

Watching the dance of the fishermen on Inle Lake.

The food scene in Yangon. 

Catching a Chinlone performance - the national sport.

The Mergui Archipelago, an untouched coastline inhabited by the Moken (sea gypsies).

Wine tasting at the Red Mountain Estate vineyard in the hills around Inle Lake.

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