11 things to know before visiting Myanmar

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Book accommodations early -- Myanmar's hotel room shortage is expected to last 5-10 years

With more than 1,000 miles of coastline, the country has some of Asia's best beaches

Newfound press freedom has led to explosion in newspaper popularity

Bring crisp, new cash -- old, dirty and creased bills are often rejected by money changers

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How do Burmese punks keep their mohawks standing tall?

Why does cash in Myanmar need to be kept clean?

What does making a kissing sound in a Yangon restaurant get you?

As recently as a year ago, few people would have cared about the answers to any of these questions.

But newfound political freedom has brought a surge in tourism to the once isolated country, making Myanmar a 2013 traveler’s hot spot, and a place worth getting up to speed on.

Fall in love with Burmese food

1. New Year celebrations last four days

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Myanmar
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