Myanmar is a secret that has only recently started to reveal itself, but today it generously offers visitors the full array of its rich colours. Here the idea of the Orient is at its most authentic, fascinating, and rarefied.
Countless temples, palaces, and pagodas adorn its luxuriant and pristine lands, the legacy of the many civilizations and dynasties that have thrived here, but also of the country’s recent past as a British colony.
The Irrawaddy River – the backbone of the country – crosses it from north to south, flowing through mountains and then over the plains. Along its course, it bathes countless towns, such as enchanting patchwork of Mandalay’s urban layout and the city of Sagaing, a fascinating monastic centre.
The ruins of Bagan – once the Burmese capital – offer a breathtaking spectacle extending for over ten square kilometres, amid ancient monasteries and lavishly frescoed buildings.
But Myanmar is also the moving experience of getting to know a humble but proud people of rare warmth, always ready to offer a smile, to discover and, in turn, be discovered.