Why Travel to Myanmar
Sea and sun, adventure and relaxation, pleasure and discovery
Myanmar offers all this and more, that intangible magic that calls visitors back again and again. As Southeast Asia’s largest country, it is the size of France and England combined. Over 1,500 miles of coastline remain pristine and pure, offering magnificent beaches for the perfect getaways. The majority of the country’s mountains are unexplored, offering fantastic trekking explorations and visits to ethnic villages. The terrain stretches from the snowcapped Himalayan peaks in the north, to the coral-fringed islands of the Andaman Sea in the south.
The country is a landscape of beauty and contrast – studded with palaces and pagodas, lush in forested hills and fertile valleys, lively with villages and mountain lakes. It is a kaleidoscope, offering a fascinating mix of ancient cities and sacred temples. Over 130 different ethnic groups call Myanmar home, all with their own dress and traditions, most with their own languages still in daily use, and many with their own script. In the main cities, take a step back onto a side street and it becomes a charming time warp. Take a step outside of the cities, and time stands enchantingly still.
In the 19th century, Rudyard Kipling waxed poetic on the land then known as Burma, claiming, “It will be quite unlike any land you ever know.” Visitors find that remains true today. The level of amenities, too, has improved considerably since Kipling’s time. Businesses in Myanmar are coming under private ownership increasingly. Fine hotels and restaurants have arrived. Wherever the visitor travels to in Myanmar today, there will be personal security, comfortable lodging and inviting food. The country has been opening up politically and economically since late 2011, making this of the most exciting and precious times to visit Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s best kept secret.