Formerly known as Burma, the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar borders on India, China, Thailand and Laos, drawing from those cultures and influencing them with its own. The country’s largest city, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), has markets, parks, and ancient Buddhist temples to explore.
However, Myanmar has drawn the world’s attention for human rights abuses, and travel there should be undertaken cautiously. The country ranks quite low in ease of travel, safety and security and political stability.
For visitors who do want to explore Myanmar, however, the people are quite friendly, and will usually try to be as of much help as they can. The country is also very inexpensive for foreigners, another reason it continues to draw some tourists.
One expat polled described it as “a beautiful, rich cultural country in a warm climate.”