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Top 5 Destinations That are Off the Beaten Path 26 Feb 2013 Explore | 1 comments
Kengtung | Source: http://paddyinba.blogspot.ca
Close to the borders of China, Laos and Thailand, Kengtung’s township and surrounding ethnic villages are a real eye-opener. Life in this remote Shan landscape is characterized by the local tribes’ customs, crafts, and traditional dress. Immerse yourself in Kengtung’s colorful morning market; take a guided trek into the mountain villages and get to know these amazing people.
Mrauk-U | Source: http://www.letsgo-myanmar.com
Take a flight from Yangon to Sittwe and then a boat from Sittwe up the Kaladan River to Mrauk U. Its temples and archaeological ruins are nationally significant, and often eerily quiet. Due to its remoteness and the challenge of getting there, this fascinating place is untouched by mass tourism and offers a truly unique experience.
Mount Saramati | Source: http://www.morungexpress.com
In the extreme north of Myanmar (Burma), Mount Saramati is 3,826 meters (12,552 feet) high, and for those who are up to the challenge of climbing its slopes, it offers supreme views onto the local Nag villages and across the border into India. Ample time and fitness are recommended for this expedition, and all efforts are handsomely rewarded.
Mergui Archipelago | Source: http://news.destination-asia.com
When you arrive here, you can be forgiven for thinking you’re the first person to have ever set foot on the islands. Not so long ago they were closed to visitors; today they offer a spectacular diversity of marine life for the intrepid diver to explore. Comprising more than 800 islands, this isolated archipelago retains the mystery and magic of an undiscovered coast.
Bilu Kyun | Source: http://chengdu-etc.blogspot.ca
Fancy your chances against an ogre? Worry not – you won’t find one here. Bilu Kyun (‘Ogre Island’) is in Mon State, and is home to craftsmen and women who expertly transform raw materials into everyday items from their cottage workshops. The island is a boat ride from Mawlamyine, capital of the Mon state.
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