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Overview

Free from the clutches of tomorrow’s technologies, the unassuming nature of Myanmar’s people captures the hearts of travelers, with plenty to also entertain the adventure hungry. Cruises along the Irrawaddy and on Inle Lake add to Myanmar’s unique charm while its graciousness will no doubt leave a lasting impact on all who undertake a Myanmar tour. Discover the diversity of its landscapes from white sand beaches to arid plains and mountainous plateaus.

GEOGRAPHY

The country can be divided into two geographic regions: the northern (upper) mountain and forest area, and the southern (lower) relatively flat delta. The most prominent river is the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy), which has its headwaters about 1,200 mi/1,930 km north of the Andaman Sea. During the monsoon season, vast expanses of the country turn into a floodplain that stretches from the Andaman Sea nearly to the Himalayan foothills.

SNAPSHOT

Top Attractions: Myanmar's main attractions include ancient temples, unique culture, golden Buddhas, the Shwedagon Pagoda, wonderful people, remnants of colonialism, Inle Lake, Mandalay Hill, Bagan (Pagan) and the Mrauk-U region.

Appeals To: Myanmar will appeal to experienced travelers, especially those who love Asian architecture and religion. Those who worry about the political situation and those who must always have first-class accommodations shouldn't go there (although luxury accommodations are sprouting up around the country). Foodies may also be disappointed because the lack of private enterprise has led to limited dining options, especially outside Yangon.