• This short journey still gives you plenty of time to fall in love with Laos. You’ll stroll the verdant banks of the charming cities that dot the Mekong, such as Luang Prabang, which is overflowing with ornate temples and friendly monks, and Vientiane, an enchanting city with faded colonial architecture and bougainvillea hanging everywhere. You’ll have the opportunity to travel to tribal villages, hike to caves filled with Buddhist statues, take lazy river cruises, and see why this is one of our favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.
Myanmar has recently opened its doors to the world after decades of isolation and now is the time to explore these distinctly different regions of this fascinating country. From the colonial charm of Yangon’s bustling streets to the calming Buddha-inhabited caves of Pindaya and all sites in between, the unique sites, tastes and charm Myanmar offers are unrivaled. In addition to the glowing spires of Bagan’s temples and serenity of beautiful Inle Lake, venture off the beaten path to the misty, temple-dotted hills of Mrauk-U and the isolated hill tribes of the Chin State, where the locals’ smiles will say more than a thousand words.
Take a journey back in time and immerse yourself in the ancient traditions of Myanmar, where ATMs and cell phones have only just arrived. Our experts guides will take you to towns and remote villages that produce everything from kalaga tapestries to delicate yund-de lacquerware using centuries-old techniques, and to bustling tribal markets to shop for pottery and textiles. You’ll also have plenty of time to visit the floating villages of Inle Lake, explore Bagan’s miles of temples, and take in the colonial charms and religious sites of Yangon.
Myanmar will awe even the most experienced travelers with a beauty so unique it sometimes borders on surreal. You’ll see thousands of ancient temples sprouting from Bagan’s lush plains, gardens and villages hovering just above the serene waters of Lake Inle, and a massive temple covered in eight tons of gold. As you journey across the pristine valleys and lush mountains of this deeply Buddhist country, you’ll be humbled by the graciousness of those you meet and their traditional ways of life.
• Myanmar’s sacred sites inspire hyperbolic gushing from some and leave others simply speechless. You’ll explore an incredible range of destinations on this profound journey, such as the Shwedagon and Shwemawdaw pagodas, whose stupas are gilded in gold, the sweeping plains of Bagan, where thousands of crumbling temples dot the horizon, and Popa Taungkalat, a stunning mountain-top monastery and shrine where pilgrims come to worship nats, powerful spirits that are a part of Myanmar’s animist traditions.
• In this isolated corner of Myanmar you’ll visit the glorious ancient temples of Mrauk-U, wander the laid-back colonial port town of Sittwe, relax on the golden sands of sprawling Ngapali Beach, and indulge the country’s best food as you dine on spicy fish curries and garlic squid and wash it all down with a cold bottle of Myanmar’s national brew.
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