“This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.” wrote Rudyard Kipling after visiting the country in 1889, and the statement holds as much weight today as it did back then. Until very recently, the country remained effectively cut off from much of the world, and from tourism in general, preserving a rich cultural heritage of over 100 ethnic groups in a way rarely witnessed in todays modern, globalized world.
Volcanoes slumber under glacier-capped mountains, while waterfalls cascade from the highlands and geothermal hotsprings dot a landscape that is literally being rifted apart. Everything on this island is dramatic, and if you visit in winter, you’ll only have to share it with a handful of people. (You can also view the gallery on Exposure.co)