Asian-style par excellence, Myanmar, formerly Burma, has held onto this enchanting soul described by the poet Rudyard Kipling a century ago as "a country that is different from anything you know.
Myanmar has had many different influences, been inhabited by many different civilizations and despite this, its abundant charm and unique aesthetics make it an iconic nation of Southeast Asia. The fascinating spectacle of Bagan's pagodas and temples, pointing up to the sky through a thick canopy, makes for one of many fairytale settings. The traveler here is sure to be spellbound by the enchanting fervor that emerges from the magnificent monuments of Mandalay. This place is a trip back in time, with its monuments of exceptionally refined architecture, like the royal palace with its exquisite decoration or the Shwenandaw monastery. A visit to the jade market is certain to fascinate the traveler with its merchants, colorful stalls and jade stones, of course. However, Mandalay is not the only keeper of the Burmese heritage, and the country has many more attractions to show off to its visitors. If you take the road to Yangon you'll see another side of Burma, resulting from a veritable melting-pot of East and West. You really have to have seen the Shwedagon Pagoda to truly understand the extent of Burmese splendor. It is not only the most beautiful pagoda in the world, but above all else it is a celebration of spirituality and humanism, a stunning eulogy to refinement, whose features have something hypnotic about them. The city of Naypyidaw, the new capital of Burma, is in stark contrast with the rest of the country, thanks to its size and its deserted streets. A replica of Shwedagon Pagoda, the Uppatasanti pagoda also known as the "Peace Pagoda", has an elegance reflecting a country undergoing a complete resurgence: excessive. We find this grandeur in its natural equivalent, along the Burmese shores of the Bay of Bengal and by enjoying its long, beautiful, white sand, palm-fringed beaches.