Visiting Myanmar (previously called Burma) is just like stepping back in time. This hidden gem, of more than 100 ethnic groups, is nestled between India, Thailand and the Bay of Bengal. For many years, the country was cut off from the outside world but is now back on every intrepid travellers wish list. If you want to experience authentic Myanmar before the crowds descend and tourism changes the natural landscape, then now is the time to visit. Visit Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city and home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering Shwedagon Pagoda or Mandalay, the former royal capital located on the Irrawaddy River. The famous Inle Lake stretches 35 km and is surrounded by small fishing villages and verdant rolling hills. Taking a hot air balloon flight to explore this photogenic country is a must!

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