Myanmar has many different faces and is certainly offering something special for any traveller to whom travelling is more then staying at a beach resort (although that's possible as well). It is a country with a very rich culture, unspoiled nature and, to some visitors surprise, it's also a country with a genuine friendly population who very much want to be in contact with foreign visitors. People are open-minded, easy going and interested to learn more about anything.
Myanmar is a bit bigger then France and stretches over more then 2000 km from the snow-capped mountains in the north to the pristine islands of the Andaman Sea in the south. In between the country offers almost any kind of habitat from a cool climate in the mountains of Shan State or Chin State, a dry and hot area in the middle of the country (also locally called the dry-zone) to a more humid area, especially during the raining season, on the west coast (Rakhine State). A long coastline means many pristine beaches although most of them are so pristine that you won't find any accommodation to stay (or even a road to go there). Due to limitations of infrastructure and because the authorities are sometimes a bit overly concerned about the safety of foreigners, some areas of the country can not be visited by foreign tourists. The areas which are not (always) open to travellers are roughly the land routes between cities in the south (south of Thanbyuzayat), parts of Chin State, many areas bordering Thailand and parts of the north of the country bordering India and China.EXPLORE
It's the people that make the country and that's certainly true for Myanmar. Hundreds of ethnic tribes have been living in the area for thousands of years and many have continued their centuries old, local way of life till now. This diversity is generally celebrated (Myanmar has official public holidays for almost every world religion) and sometimes joked about, with some healthy feeling of ``competition and envy`` for the better food / costumes / jewellery or other cultural differences from the different states. Myanmar people (the ethnic Burmese, called Bamar, as well as the Chin, Kachin, Kayin, Karen, Mon, Rakhine and the Shan) LOVE to try the food from other states (Shan and Rakhine food is very popular in Yangon). Whenever people travel through the country, they will always bring food from the area they visited as a present for family and friends who stayed at home. If you want to make friends with the Burmese during your trip to Myanmar bring some typical food or candies from your hometown! Whichever place you visit in Myanmar; you can be ensured to find a truly friendly population that is eager to welcome you in their native town.EXPLORE