Now is the best time to travel to Burma as it remains one of the world’s most mysterious and untouched destinations

Myanmar (Burma) ‘This is Burma', wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘It will be quite unlike any land you know about.’ Amazingly, over a century later, it retains the power to surprise and delight even the most jaded of travelers.

In 2015, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, voted in their first democratically elected government in over half a century and opened up its doors to tourists. Although economic and social changes are largely confined to the big cities, large areas of the country remain off limits.

It's a new era for this extraordinary and complex land, where the landscape is scattered with gilded pagodas and the traditional ways of Asia endure. In a nation of multiple ethnic groups, exploring can sometimes feel like you've stumbled into a living edition of National Geographic, c 1910. Although the new Myanmar is very much a work in progress, it remains at heart a rural nation of traditional values. Nestled on the edge of Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a beautiful, vast country full of rich tradition, stunning natural sights and home to locals who are so intrigued and blessed by your presence in their country, will stand out to be the utmost friendly and helpful people you could ever hope to encounter on your travels.

Enjoy a ride in a Hot Air Balloon at sunrise over the thousands of pagodas in Bagan, experiencing the holiest of golden temples in the bustling city of Yangon and Mandalay, and hiking and exploring the floating villages of the glassy Inle Lake and its surroundings are just the beginning of what Myanmar has to offer.

A hugely underestimated country, Myanmar is still largely undeveloped, relatively easy to travel, has few tourists and is very affordable. It is the road less traveled, and for now, a perfect destination for travelers wanting to experience an untouched country.