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.