With the country perched on the verge of modernisation and the decades-old tourism shun finally at an end, there’s never been a better time to visit Burma – Southeast Asia’s perennially down-at-heal, but cheekily proud, outlier. After decades as a virtual recluse state, Myanmar stands on the threshold of healing. Its economy may be in tatters, but the country’s rich cultural inheritance – its golden pagodas, amazing archaeological sites and enthralling ethnic diversity – offer a mouth-watering prospect for travellers in search of new horizons. There is much to discover, from the untouched coastline and plains studded with thousands of stupas, to the mesmerizing towns with their local markets, temples and colour. This is a land steeped in Buddhist beliefs, with its antique religious sites some of the most charming and gorgeous places to experience in Asia.