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"This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about", Rudyard Kipling.
Renamed Myanmar in 1989, Burma has been neglected by travellers supporting the boycott against the current dictatorial regime. However, this lovely country and its kind, open people are in stark contrast with the tragic political situation. The Burmese may yearn to be involved with the outside world, but their very isolation has preserved the virgin beauty and innocence of this "cleaner, greener land". Rice paddies, monks with shaved heads and red robes, the fairyland of Lake Inle with its floating gardens and boat-racing festivals, the long, perfect beach of Ngapali on the Bay of Bengal: Burma remains as unspoiled as when it enchanted Kipling more than a century ago.
Visit Rangoon, where British Colonial architecture coincides with the breathtaking gold mass of Shwedagon Pagoda; or the more than 4000 ancient stupas at Bagan, the "Land of Copper".
Stay in a modern retreat or a colonial hotel that carves Western comfort out of the local teak and discover the wonders of this world apart.

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