As the country opens to travellers, it waits to be seen whether the nomadic Moken can preserve their language, their way of life and their mythology.
If the dazzling sites of this golden Burmese city don’t take your breath away… then the searing temperatures certainly will.
Although Burma’s little-known cuisine is influenced by its neighbours – especially India, Thailand and China – the end result is decidedly its own.
The Irrawaddy River stretches 2,170km across most of the country, serving as a vital life source for the Burmese people. It is what they drink, how they travel and where they pray.
The temples and lively spirit of Mrauk U make this timeless village the spiritual successor to Angkor Wat.
Now that opponents of the military regimes believe that tourism can help Burma, there has never been a better time to visit this country of bewildering diversity and astounding beauty.