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Beautiful Myanmar: 26 Revealing Moments Caught on Video

Take two minutes and discover for yourself the beauty and the magic of Myanmar with this video.

Myanmar is on the cusp of becoming a new must-see destination. After decades as one of the world’s most isolated countries, it’s moving into the spotlight with democratic elections and an openness that’s tempting curious visitors from around the world.

Ample rewards meet travelers who make the long trek to this country that shares borders with both India and China. It’s a place where people very nearly glow with kindness, and that’s full of sights so beautiful that no one who sees the photos after would believe they were possible without a generous dash of Photoshop—or at least an Instagram filter.

Myanmar is a country of golden temples, of incredible sunrises, of quotidian monks—a place where traditions hold strong and nearly everyone still wears the traditional longyi skirts (and manage to make the flattering garb look both ultra-masculine and hyper-feminine). And where most women—whether they’re from the smallest village or the big city—still eschew makeup in favor of thanaka, a yellowish paste made from bark that’s revered as both a cheek adornment and a cure-all.

Take two minutes and discover for yourself the beauty and the magic of Myanmar with this video I filmed on my recent trip there as a guest aboard the small river cruise ship the Avalon Myanmar.

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Christine Sarkis has fallen hard for Myanmar. Follow her on Twitter @ChristineSarkis and Instagram @postcartography for more advice about making every vacation the best vacation.

(Photo: Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar by Christine Sarkis)

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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