It is difficult to find a country to explore these days. The world has become a smaller place with easily available flights to every corner, but some nations have yet to become regular tourist destinations. Burma is one such place. The country in Southeast Asia is one of few that still offers a bit of mystery. It is an exotic, far-flung land with treasures of all kinds to be discovered, but they wont be undiscovered for long. Travellers are quickly becoming aware of Burma and it will only become more popular and more visited, so its wise to explore while you still can. And if you prefer luxury travel you wont be disappointed either, with a plethora of fabulous places to stay, in incredible towns and cities that you may never have heard of. If you really are considering a luxury trip to Burma, these locations might whet your appetite further: Bagan This is one of the richest archaeological sites in Burma, with over 5000 ancient monuments spread over an area of just 26 square miles. Bagan is a traditional centre of Buddhist practice and philosophy and an incredible place to see. Bhamo Not far from the Chinese border in the state of Kachin, lies the river trading post of Bhamo. The area is surrounded by striking mountain ranges and there are daily markets here, offering a multitude of exotic items. Hsipaw Hspiaw is an excellent spot for sightseeing, and a ride on the scenic local railway comes highly recommended. The train takes you over the famed Goitek Viaduct, over an immense gorge. This means fantastic views that you wont forget. Mandalay Mandalay is a much more urban, bustling part of Burma, and generally speaking a modern Asian city. However, it is still strewn with many wonders from halcyon days, when it was a hub of commerce between Burma, India, China and Thailand. Take a stroll along the Irrawaddy River and make sure you see the wonderful Mandalay Palace. Ngapali Beach If its a tropical paradise that youre searching for, then Ngapali Beach is the place to go. In the southern state of Rakhaing this two mile stretch of white sand, fringed with palm trees, is the location for a luxury beach break. Yangon (Rangoon) The former capital of Burma took the name Yangon in 1989, casting off its colonial title of Rangoon. It is the largest city in the nation and very important commercially, despite the official capital city now being Nay Pyi. Much of the city was damaged in the Aanglo-Burmese War in the mid 19th century, but it is still home to scores of Buddhist shrines, sites of national importance and thriving Burmese culture. These are just a few of the many locations in Burma that are well worth visiting. They offer everything from hostels to high class hotels and restaurants, so you can be as comfortable as you like as you explore this ancient world. Just do it before the crowds arrive! James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.
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