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The monuments of Myanmar

Myanmar gets 3.55 million visitors every year and, though the number is rising steadily, that’s still only around ten per cent of the numbers that visit neighbouring Thailand. What it lacks in tourists, it makes up for in empty sites and incredible beaches – and we suggest going now, while the country retains its unique culture and welcoming atmosphere. After a chequered history and ongoing controversy regarding treatment of the Rohingya people, there is room for responsible tourism here and its people are some of the most welcoming in the world.

Any visit should include a trip to the incredible temples of Bagan. Despite a fairytale setting on the Irawaddy and a scattering of brilliantly preserved or well restored 11th to 13th-century temples, the ruins were only named a UNESCO World Heritage site this year and remain relatively empty. Its one of the reasons we’ve included a hot air balloon trip high over the temples as part of our holiday – it’s the ultimate way to see them in total tranquility.

Myanmar also has one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, Yangon, which comes dominated by the shining Shwedagon Pagoda. It’s very safe to walk around and easy to navigate, skyscrapers collide with colonial buildings and ancient temples, busy markets and excellent street food stalls.

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