Formerly named Burma, Myanmar is under military rule and there are irregular clashes with democracy advocates, of whom many exhort foreign tourists not to visit, as it enriches the regime and those it favours. If you do choose to go, much of the country is closed to foreign travellers. The capital, Yangon is easily accessible and has the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important religious site in the country.

For a city of 5 million people it is remarkably safe, and the military rulers actively encourage tourism, recently reforming visa rules to make it easier to visit. There are a number of accessible towns on the Thai border, although it is not possible to travel beyond them.


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Why you should go:

Go for its exoticism.

Why you shouldn't:

You refuse to go while the junta holds power.

Map of Myanmar