Touring Myanmar – The diverse culture of Myanmar has increasingly drawn tourists to its historic landmarks and warm beaches. Here, tourists sun themselves along Ngapali Beach in the Southeast Asian country. Click through to see more of what to expect when visiting Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Touring Myanmar – The Sule Pagoda lights up the night sky as people wait for the bus in Yangon. Pagodas serve as shrines for Theravada Buddhists, the majority religion in the country.
Touring Myanmar – Scooters zip down the road in Pyinmana, a logging town and sugar refinery center near the new capital, Naypyidaw. The capital moved from Yangon to Naypyidaw in 2005.
Touring Myanmar – Young Buddhist monks walk on their daily alms collection at the sacred golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Touring Myanmar – Old Burmese money shows the picture of Aung San, a leader in Burma's struggle for independence and father of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. This money was abolished by Gen. Ne Win, who ruled over Burma for 26 years.
Touring Myanmar – People ride in a rickshaw on a road north of the town of Sittwe.
Touring Myanmar – Bagan, the historic former capital of Burma, has thousands of Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries from when the Kingdom of Pagan was at its height, from the 11th to the 13th century.
Touring Myanmar – A woman sits in her shop lined with mannequins in a shopping center in Mawlamyine.
Touring Myanmar – A line of umbrellas sits in front of an old building in Bagan.
Touring Myanmar – Women from the Akha ethnic group wear traditional clothes. There are 135 official ethnic groups and seven ethnic minority states in Myanmar, according to the United Nations.
Touring Myanmar – People transport flowers across Inle Lake, a large freshwater lake.
Touring Myanmar – Light traffic moves through the capital, Naypyidaw.
Touring Myanmar – Women wear traditional longyi around their waists in front of a modern movie billboard in Yangon.
Touring Myanmar – The Uppatasanti Pagoda at the center of Naypyidaw is a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the former capital. It's 30 centimeters, or about 1 foot, shorter than the original and was completed in 2009.
Touring Myanmar – Volunteers sweep the floors at the golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Touring Myanmar – Wooden figures sit for sale as incense burns behind them at a stall in Indein, a village by Inle Lake.
Touring Myanmar – The temple of Phaung Daw U, the largest on Inle Lake, is lit as dusk falls in the village of Ywama.
Touring Myanmar – A Buddhist monk checks out a stand in Pyinmana.
Touring Myanmar – A motorbike passes the Assembly of the Union, where the country's upper and lower houses of representatives meet, in Naypyidaw. It is locally called Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
Touring Myanmar – A Burmese boy climbs on a gargoyle statue at the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Touring Myanmar – A novice monk rings the Mingun Bell, the world's third-largest bell, in Mingun village, about 21 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Mandalay.
Touring Myanmar – People pass through a shopping area near the central market in Mawlamyine.
Touring Myanmar – A young Burmese man dressed as a woman entertains residents of a neighborhood in Mawlamyine.
Touring Myanmar – A Burmese man of Indian descent makes tea in a stall in Mawlamyine.
Touring Myanmar – Women carry fruit baskets on their heads on Ngapali Beach.