Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is the largest country in South-East Asia. It is bordered by five countries – India, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Laos. The country has a diverse geography, with mountains in the north and sandy beaches in the south. Myanmar is one of the few countries where a vast majority of the population follow Theravada Buddhism, and the country’s overall history, culture, and architectural styles have all been heavily influenced by this religion.
Myanmar’s largest city and former capital is Yangon, a bustling city that has a significant population, and was the seat of government until 2006. The city is full of amazing attractions, such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Taukkyan War Cemetery, Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, and a host of other places of interest. Myanmar’s troubled history, including its invasions by many foreign powers, political strife, and wars, have altered its past, but the country has quickly become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Far East over the past few years.
Myanmar’s current capital, Naypyidaw, is a strange, but nonetheless impressive sight to behold. A purpose-built city with all the necessities a city has, but a very small fraction of the population, Naypyidaw has been compared to a ghost-town, albeit a high-end one that has been maintained with the hopes of drawing a large population in the near future. Until such time, though, this city is a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction.
Myanmar’s tropical climate, its friendly people and quirks make it one of the must-visit countries in the Far East.
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