Bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand and with over 100 ethnic groups, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a melting pot of cultures, flavours and colour. After effectively being a closed country until 2011 it’s great to go to place that has not been “over-touristed” and traditional life still goes on. The words of Rudyard Kipling remain relevant ‘It will be quite unlike any land you know about’
One of the best ways to see Myanmar is onboard a boat on the Irrawaddy River. Heading northward from Mandalay will give the more interesting views and a taste of diverse cultures.