Burma, or the Union of Myanmar, is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia. It has an ethnically diverse population whose culture, heavily influenced by its neighbours, is based on Theravada Buddhism. In traditional villages, the monastery is the centre of cultural life.
Due to Burma's economic and political isolation, visiting the country is like travelling back in time. While it is one of the region's poorest nations, its people are warm and the country is rich in experiences.