Burma's hidden wonders are finally throwing open their doors to the world after a long period of isolation.
New frontier-type travellers on specialist tours are particularly benefiting from the country being virtually untouched by mass tourism.
Burma is an unspoilt adventurer's paradise, from trekking holidays in its mountains and rafting in the far north, to world-class diving and sailing around the 800 islands of the Mergui Archipelago in the south.
Pristine white beaches, glittering blue lakes, tranquil Buddhist architecture and vibrant cities all welcome each holidaymaker like an old friend.
A rich and glorious culture, spanning 125 different ethnic groups and over 2,000 years, attests to the diversity that visitors can enjoy in Burma, also known as Myanmar.
Its most iconic building is Shwedagon Pagoda, a golden stupa (Buddhist monument) best viewed at sunset, while at dawn a hot air balloon trip over Bagan watching gold-robed monks at prayer is highly recommended.
Tourists can also enjoy trekking around the Mandalay area, home to the U Bein Bridge.
This a long and rickety bridge crossing the Taugthaman Lake, where holidaymakers can view thousands of monks at the Mahagandayon Monastery, considered one of the world's most serene places.
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