Myanmmar is one of Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destinations and one of the least western-influenced countries in the world. It used to be called Burma, and the fact that it remains under tight military control to this day just adds to its allure. Spread across 671,000sqkm and rich in precious stones, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources, ... More>its attractions are too many to count. Its capital city of Yangon, 30km upriver from the sea, is home to one of the wonders of Southeast Asia, the 100m-high Swedagon Paya pagoda. Meanwhile Mandalay (Myanmar’s last royal capital before the British took over) is a lively cultural centre with stunning pagodas and several worthwhile sightseeing attractions like Mandalay Fort and Palace, Kuthodaw (with 729 small temples) and Zegyo Market. Other areas of interest in Mynamar include Bagan, Mount Popa, Shan State and Kachin State.