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History & Culture in Myanmar (Burma)
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is the largest city in the country and was the capital of Myanmar until the seat of government was shifted to Naypyidaw in 2005.
Mount is a volcano located about 50km southeast of Bagan. It is best known for the spectacular Popa Taungkalat monastery on top of a solitary peak at the foot of Mount Popa.
Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, is located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River and was the last royal capital of Burma.
Inle Lake is a a freshwater lake located in the Shan Hills and is home to many different tribes and stilted villages.
population: 66 million
Located in the heart of South East Asia, Thailand is a popular, value-for-money destination, famed for its rich Buddhist culture, delicious cuisine, beautiful beaches, and friendly people.
population: 7 Million
One of travellers' favourites of South East Asia. Mountainous, landlocked,and mostly covered by forests, Laos' highlights include the temples of Luang Prabang and tubing down the river in Vang Vieng.
population: 1,183 million
The ultimate country of contrasts. The Himalayas, spiritual Varanasi, Goa's beaches, Rajastan's deserts, Bollywood, Tigers, exotic food, the world's largest rail network, and the wondrous Taj Mahal.
population: 1,338 million
Economic powerhouse of Asia, a vast nation of ethnic cultures, history, mega cities, mountains, deserts, forests, and the only man made structure visible from the moon - The Great Wall.
Southeastern Myanmar destinations
the southern coastal stretch bordering Thailand with a vast number of offshore islands
Northeastern Myanmar destinations
a huge, fractious region including the infamous Golden Triangle, the southern reaches of the Himalayas and a bewildering number of ethnic groups
Western Myanmar destinations
remote mountainous regions and some lovely beaches on the Bay of Bengal
Central Myanmar destinations
Mandalay, historical and archaeological sites and cool hill towns
the lowlands of the Irrawaddy Delta and the largest city and former capital
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