Myanmar, also known as Burma, is becoming increasingly open to visitors from across the globe. Formerly a pariah state, Myanmar is undoubtedly one of the most in-demand tourist destinations across south-east Asia, with its plethora of mesmerising sights and sounds, from tranquil beaches and vast jungles through to ancient ruins and Buddhist monk communities. As the nation makes strides towards democracy, Myanmar has become increasingly accessible, with tourists heading far beyond the Bagan-Inle-Mandalay triumvirate of destinations to the more remote areas of the country, such as Kengtung, Kalaw and Hsipaw. For the more adventurous among you, you'll love the chance to trek through outpost villages and along the Irrawaddy River. There's even the Himalayas, which are accessible to the north of the country via Putao. It's hoped Myanmar's modern-day political reforms continue to help other holidaymakers flock to the country, with the locals increasingly excited about the chance to welcome foreigners and introduce them to their unique way of life.