Myanmar, which was previously known as Burma, is a world removed from the norm, an exotic Asian country like nothing you have ever experienced. You can find all sorts of comfortable accommodation in Myanmar, from Myanmar hotels and tourist resorts to local guesthouses.
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Monks with near-mystical powers, such as training cats to jump; women in colourful garb and painted with thanaka, a local make-up and the local longyi, worn by the men, combine to create an immediate sense that this is like nowhere else.
Stepping back into the days before the internet and fast food culture, take a trip on a steamboat or hike through pine forests, discovering half-hidden villages and friendly natives. Inle Lake, a blotch of bright blue between vibrantly green mountains and farmland that has been untouched by electricity or running water, is home to floating villages and ancient temples that stir a sense of fascination in all who see them. The roads are mostly potholed and rough, so most visitors prefer to fly from city to city.
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The shores of the Ayeyarwady are home to over 4,000 stupas or pagodas, each of which is unique, differing in shape, size and decoration. They are perhaps best seen at sunset, when orange sunlight washes over them, causing them to glow with a fiery intensity.
Mandalay gives guests a glimpse into the heart of Myanmar's culture, its streets teeming with monks holding alms bowls, jostling for space alongside hundreds of motor scooters.
Bagan, some 80 km from Mandalay, is the historical and traditional capital of the country. The redbrick temples glow a fantastic pink colour as the sun goes down.
Traditionally styled hotels in Myanmar and resorts greet travellers, from rambling countryside resorts to cheap lakeside accommodation. Hotels in Myanmar give you somewhere to call your own while being away from home. It is important to have somewhere to relax and recover after a long day of exploring this fascinating country.