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If there is one country that we think should be on your travel list this year, it’s Myanmar! It was only a few years ago (in 2010, to be exact) that a historic election in Myanmar finally opened up doors to international visitors, but it won’t take long before the mass tourism crowds start rolling in. Consider this, since 2010, the number of tourist arrivals in Myanmar went from 791,505 to over 3 million and the number is only going to rise. But we are not just encouraging travel to Myanmar to “beat the crowds”.

Myanmar is one of the most beautiful, culture-rich countries in South East Asia, a place not yet infiltrated by the Western civilization and the likes of Starbucks and McDonalds. For us, traveling through Myanmar was like going back in time. We imagine this is what Thailand looked like 20 years ago. It wasn’t difficult, but it was just enough of a challenge to make us remember why we love traveling off the beaten path.

There were no shortages of things to do, places to see, and amazing experiences to be had. We’ve talked about some of our favourite experiences in Myanmar before, but allow us to try and entice you to visit Myanmar in a more visual way!

Here is our collection of our best photos captured in Myanmar. We hope they  inspire you to add this amazing destination to your travel list!

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the main attractions in Yangon

Kyay Thone Pagoda, just another stunning sight in Yangon. Myanmar

Kyay Thone Pagoda, just another stunning sight in Yangon

Colourful street of Yangon. Myanmar

Colourful street of Yangon

Foating village on Inle Lake, Myanmar

Foating village on Inle Lake

Tharkong Pagoda, Inle Lake

Tharkong Pagoda, Inle Lake

Foating abandoned home on Inle Lake

Floating abandoned home on Inle Lake

Stupas and mountains on Inle Lake. Myanmar

Stupas and mountains on Inle Lake

Baby in a rice bucket at the market in Myanmar

Baby in a rice bucket at the market in Myanmar

Fisheman on Inle Lake. Myanmar

Fisheman on Inle Lake

Old British colonial architeture in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

Old British colonial architeture in Pyin Oo Lwin, something you probably don’t expect to see in Myanmar

Views from the train to Hsipaw. Myanmar

Views from the famous train ride from Mandalay to Hsipaw

Young monks walking around a remote village in the Shan state. Myanmar

Young monks walking around a remote village in the Shan state

Burmese boy greets passers by from the window of his house in a hill tribe village in Myanmar

Burmese boy greets passers by from the window of his house in a hill tribe village in Myanmar

Little girl in the Palaung village showing off her 1000 kyat bill

Little girl in the Palaung village showing off her 1000 kyat bill

Young girl carries water to her home in Palaung Village

Young girl carries water to her home in Palaung Village

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Burmese man on a motorcycle in Hsipaw

Myanmar travel: Young Burmese monks making their way across Inle Lake, Myanmar

Young monks making their way across Inle Lake

Elderly woman lights a cigar in her home in a village in Shan state, Myanmar

Elderly woman lights a cigar in her home in a village in Shan state

Myanmar travel: Hot air balloon flies over Bagan. Myanmar

Hot air balloon flies over Bagan

Myanmar travel: Sunset over Bagan, Myanmar

When the sun sets over Bagan, the views are always spectacular!

Myanmar travel: Sunset in Bagan, Myanmar

Beautiful colours over the temples in Bagan

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There were no shortages of things to do, places to see, and amazing experiences to be had. We've talked about some of our favourite experiences in Myanmar before, but allow us to try and entice you to visit Myanmar in a more visual way!

Is Myanmar a destination on your travel list?