2013's Best Ten-Day Vacations

Myanmar (iStockphoto)

For some 50 years, the brutal military junta here earned the condemnation of the world community, keeping the Burmese and their rich Buddhist culture almost completely isolated. But in the past two years, the government has done an about-face—so travel here is both possible and acceptable. Plus, it’s a long way from overrun. Thailand, a neighbor to the south, saw 19 million visitors in 2011, while Myanmar welcomed just 800,000. Start in the former capital, Yangon (also known as Rangoon), to experience the cuisine, which combines influences of India, China, and Thailand all at once. A visit to Bagan is a must; it's home to some 4,400 temples and countless stupas on the surrounding plains. Many claim it'll be the next Angkor Wat. Inle Lake is also a rare find, with floating gardens and markets, villages on stilts, monasteries, and silk weavers. Tour it by flat-bottomed boat.

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Published: 15 Dec 2012 | Last Updated: 21 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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