Tourism to hit 1.5 million in Burma

26th Mar 2013

It is estimated that the number of tourists in Burma will rise to 1.5 million in 2013, just two years after the proverbial tourism doors flew open.

Visiting Myanmar, as it is also known, was made nearly impossible for over five decades due to the country's military government. But with democracy making gains in recent times, tourism is well and truly back on the agenda.

Burma is home to thousands of pagodas, temples and monasteries dating back two millennia, which are sure to fascinate even the most seasoned traveller.

You can take a hot air balloon over them at sunrise or hike through the bush. If neither takes your fancy, why not travel by 'taxi' - an ox-driven cart.

Inle Lake, Shwedagon Paya and Old Bagan are also popular tourist hotspots, with the breathtaking scenery providing picture opportunities at every turn.

After all the sightseeing, why not immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting Myanmar's daily markets where vendors sell a vast array of handmade textiles and tools. Makeshift food courts are also situated nearby, serving up various curry dishes.

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