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Plan Your Myanmar Vacation

Myanmar (Burma) is amazing. This country of 60 million is rapidly emerging from more than 50 years of military dictatorship, blossoming into as worthy a stop as its popular neighbors. The people are more than friendly; they're thrilled to have tourists after being closed off to the West for so long. And it's safe; you won't constantly need to feel for your purse or hold your jewelry tightly.

Myanmar is a country straddling two worlds—there's Wi-Fi but just 5% of the population has a mobile phone. There are pristine 12th-century pagodas and beautiful beaux-arts buildings, though how long they'll be preserved remains to be seen, which makes now the time to go. A note about this guide: It is impossible to go to Myanmar and not indirectly give money to the government; the airlines and many of the better hotels are connected to the government. We encourage travelers to do their best to support independent businesses.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Explore pagodas Slip off your shoes and stare slack-jawed at Bagan's staggering spread of 2,000-plus 11th- and 12th-century pagodas.
  2. Sweat it out Spicy curries, giant chili-soaked prawns, and piquant salads help you beat the heat.
  3. Travel back in time The turn-of-the-century colonial buildings that line Yangon's Strand Road stand just as they did during British rule.
  4. Get in early China opened up rapidly and became Disneyfied, and many fear the same will happen in Myanmar.
  5. Know kindness Burmese locals will welcome you warmly; some might even invite you into their homes.

When To Go

When to Go to Myanmar

Peak Season: Mid-October to February The Burmese call this the cold season, but you'll still find yourself plenty toasty, with temperatures...

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