Wondering where to go on your next vacation? Thinking maybe a nice beach in a warm climate? the rainforest in South America? Glittering temples that look like gold, serene landscapes or ancient monasteries in Asia? What about a place where you can have all of them?
The only problem are: Is it affordable? What is the best way of getting there? Is it safe? Which place is the most exotic? Should you pick one of Asia's less visited countries? Does Myanmar fascinate you, maybe now or maybe in future?
Though Myanmar has a devout Buddhist faith and the people are friendly, its government has a bad human rights record, even though Aung San Suu Kyi ( the power behind many government decisions) was herself imprisoned for her democratic beliefs.
If you decide to go, the capitol Yangon is your first place to visit if you are arriving by air. Yangon has several must-see monuments, the most famous being Shwedagon Paya. This is supposed to be enshrined with eight hairs of the Buddha.