Come to Myanmar (Burma) as it begins its transformation to a more open society. From the busy streets of Yangon to the villages along the Ayurwaddy River, the people here are warm and welcoming. Our route takes us to the ancient city of Bagan, a UNESCO site with over 2,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas, to Mandalay with its lovely palace overlooking the town and vibrant markets, and to Inle Lake where you can float past markets and villages. Hike near Kalaw to visit with some of the many ethnic groups who live in this diverse country. Sip tea in small cafes while watching people walk to their local temple for evening prayers. Burma has an incredible craft culture and here you can observe so many artisans as they weave handbags and blankets, make lacquer, pound gold leaf, and roll cigars. Here you can absorb and learn about the Buddhist philosophy as you visit temples, talk with nuns and monks and experience the daily rituals.