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Top 10 things to do in Myanmar

1. Get stuck in with Burmese food, including Mohinga , a dish of rice noodles in a fish broth with ginger, lemongrass, onions, boiled eggs and served with fish cakes and fritters

Join the pilgrimage to Mount Kyaiktiyo (the Golden Rock)

2. Marvel at the Gold Rock near Kyaikto, a centre of Buddhist pilgrimage and gathering where the rock’s teetering location is said to inspire people to turn to Buddhism

Take the option of a scenic hot air balloon flight over the temples of Bagan

3. Take a hot air balloon ride over the ancient pagodas of Bagan, where the hazy morning air blurs the lush vegetation that surrounds the terracotta coloured temples

4. Hop aboard a boat and embark on a river cruise of the Irrawaddy River. From cheap boat hopping to luxury, boutique boats a trip down the river is a fantastic way to see Myanmar

Watch the leg-rowing fishermen with their famous conical nets

5. Discover Inle Lake where whole communities depend on the water for both food and livelihoods. The shining, indigo waters are also beautiful at sunset, don’t miss it!

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

6. Enjoy the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the most important religious site in the country and one of the most impressive golden temples in the world

7. Visit the caves of Hpa-an, the highlights are the huge Saddar Cave with a reclining Buddha inside, as well as Bat Cave that releases thousands of bats every evening into the pink night air

8. Spot orchids in Putao, where many rare birds and flowers (including the Black Orchid) make up the beautiful landscape of this rural, northern area

Explore the Royal Palace at Mandalay

9. Explore colonial Mandalay, where the Royal Palace was built to fulfil a prophecy and comprises of a walled city inside the main part of Mandalay

Ngapali Beach is the ideal spot to relax

10. For white beaches fringed with blue waves, head to Ngapali Beach, the ideal spot for relaxing after touring this gorgeous country