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You've probably heard of the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar, and maybe — because of it — you've put the country on your "Don't Go" list.

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But before you practice your own travel boycott, read about why they don't work. And why they negatively affect groups in dire need of your tourism dollars and attention.

135 different ethnic groups call this country home, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in current existence. The monasteries are gorgeous. The street food? Incredible. The anti-aging beer, well, it's something. Though you've seen the headlines, read a little deeper to see why Myanmar is worth a second look.

You don’t know a place until you know its people. Meet Myanmar in these 10 images.

12 images that show the grit and beauty of Myanmar

12 reasons you should consider moving to Yangon

Many Westerners pouring into Myanmar have no idea how offensive they are being

Daily life around monasteries in Burma

17 incredible photos of the spirit of Burma

A beginner’s travel guide to Burma

Barefoot in Yangon


What it’s like to drink anti-aging beer in Myanmar

Here’s why you shouldn’t boycott travel to Myanmar

Solo travel in Myanmar: My experience in 15 beautiful images

The stark beauty of Myanmar’s monasteries

Guide to Myanmar street food

Dear travelers to Myanmar: Please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 7 things

Check out these stunning portraits of Myanmar’s people and culture

Imagine if people in Congress shared a dorm. In Myanmar, they do

Why Myanmar’s massive jade industry is so deadly

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