Formerly known as Burma, virtually closed to tourism for so long, this country retains much of its exotic allure. Myanmar is a beautiful and generally unspoilt country that will surprise and delight travellers. Prepare to see this country rich in culture and tradition as well as its more than 100 ethnic groups. Be dazzled by countless golden stupas and natural wonders such as Irrawaddy River and Inle Lake. People still get around in trishaws and, in rural areas, horse and cart. Drinking tea – a British colonial influence – is enthusiastically embraced in thousands of traditional teahouses.
Best time to travel to Myanmar
Myanmar has two distinct seasons – the dry season and wet season. Like much of South-East Asia, the dry season runs from October through to March which is the best time to visit with little chance of rain and less humidity, the rain clouds clear to leave lush green foliage, fast-flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls. The hot weather takes place from May to early October when monsoon starts to blow, rain tends to fall in the afternoon and early evening.