Myanmar – Asia’s Hidden Gem

Myanmar is a country that has gone through a lot over it’s history. Thankfully it looks like slowly the country is changing and opening up to the world – obviously it’s not perfect right now but things take time to change completely.

I have been fortunate enough to visit Myanmar more than 5 times for both business and leisure. I first went back in 2011 before the country changed in 2012, the transformation that Burma has gone through is amazing because every time I go back there’s something new has been added.

The Locals

If you talk to anyone that’s been on holiday to Myanmar one of the first things they will mention is how friendly people are. You will be hard pressed to find a place where people are more welcoming, after years of being closed to the world they are keen to show visitors how special their country is. Random people in the street will come up to ask if you need help, they don’t want anything from you they genuinely want to help you out.

The Beauty

Whether you’re in the capital city, Yangon, or out in the countryside there’s beauty to be found wherever you turn. In Yangon you will find the beauty of pagodas and the colonial architecture beautiful. When you venture out of the city you’ll discover beautiful mountains and sweeping rice paddy fields. There hasn’t been a lot of development outside of the major cities so the countryside is fantastic. Paul Hurdsfield Instagram shows some brilliant pictures of his time there.

The Adventure

Due to the fact that tourist numbers are a lot lower than it’s neighbours Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia – you still get the feeling that you are not traveling on a well trodden track. You’re most definitely exploring where not many other people have been before, if you want an adventure in South East Asia then this is the country for you. I would go on one of the many treks up in the north east of the country, Shan State is the best area for this because they’ve got some trails set up and experienced guides too. Along the way you will stay in local villages, experience local culture and food – when you’re there you can tell there haven’t been many people before you because people are fascinated by visitors.