Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is one of the few truly original travel experiences. Much of the country’s attraction is in its history and artistic culture. Myanmar lies at the meeting point of two of the world’s great civilisations, China and India, but it blends both of these influences with its own very special local characteristics. The people have preserved traditional values, and are deeply devout, with a close-knit family system. Art has been closely intertwined with religion and royalty in Burman history. Temples, pagodas and palaces display the artistic skills of painters, wood carvers and sculptures. Far from the easiest or most comfortable country in Asia to visit, it has some magical sights, incredibly friendly people and offers a glimpse of a society that has remained relatively isolated from outside influences.