AS MYANMAR rises from a reclusive, totalitarian state, the nation is caught between oppression and repair, darkness and light. It markets itself today as the “Golden Land,” and is making the most of its openness and increased tourism opportunities.

Although it may take time to bring about a full-fledged developed democracy, airports and hotels are springing up all over the nation and the country has set the foundations to support tourism. Thankfully, the change of pace is not yet overwhelming, leaving Myanmar’s enchanting characteristics intact. Keep in mind that responsible tourism is crucial here, and visitors are advised to travel with respect and care.

1. Sunrise in Bagan

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan — the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar.


Charungroj Bunphabuth

2. The art of concentration

Pick Chon

3. Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura


Vassilios Alexopoulos

4. Morning Ceremonies


Muammer Yanmaz

5. A restaurant in Yangon


Pete Pattano

6. Fields of gold in Shan State

Kyaw Kyaw Winn

7. Fishing on Inle Lake

Yury Pustovoy

8. Shwedagon Pagoda

jaturong kengwinit

9. Sunset over the U-Ben Bridge Amarapura Mandalay

Tanarat Pomsakae

10. Monks at Mingun Pagoda

Philippe CAP

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