MYANMAR

The second largest country in South East Asia Myanmar covers an area of 676,578sqk that stretches from the eastern most tip of the Himalayan range to the Bay of Bengal.

Home to 135 different ethnic groups, Myanmar is a charming land of gentle hills, rugged Himalayan Mountains, plains and beaches. Its soil is rich in jade and other gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources.

Several are the possibilities to travel around the country and to explore its most beautiful corners: by cruising along the Ayeyarwaddy River, by flying over Bagan archeological site by a hot air-balloon, by riding a boat on the Inle Lake among the leg-rowers Inthars people.

It’s an emerging economy where the population has an unbridled desire to bridge with the rest of the world while developing their infrastructures and holding on to their deep rooted traditions.

Its land harnesses a wealth of historical testimonies spanning from the Three Burmese Empires, to the impact of the West, to the three Anglo-Burmese Wars, until the Independence in January 1948. Myanmar is now slowly exiting a long period of military dictatorship. Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the NLD (National League of Democracy) and a peace Nobel Prize has a primary role in the recent political development of the country. She has been kept for almost 15 years under house arrest, protesting and resisting the military junta, becoming one of the world's most prominent  political prisoners. She is now the 1st  State Counselor of Myanmar (the de facto President) and first woman to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Three are currently the gateways to access the country: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. The entry visa for tourist may now be easily obtained online: evisa.moip.gov.mm or at the nearest embassy.