Myanmar Burma voted best place to experience in South East Asia

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UK travellers vote Burma the must see destination for 2013…

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If you are after a holiday with a huge sense of adventure, it's time to turn the back the clock and discover Burma, the preserved gem of South East Asia.

Years of isolation have kept modernisation at bay in Mayanmar (formerly Burma), which was recently voted the top country to visit by adventure travel magazine Wanderlust's Readers' Travel Awards.

Trying to turn a corner from it's repressive past, the lift on a tourism boycott means that this striking country is now open for responsible visits.

Bicycles set the pace of life as monks pootle around crumbling Buddhist temples. Floating villages, slow-moving cities and beaches yet to fall into the hands of developers make for an eye-opening and awe-inspiring trip.

Wanderlust's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Lyn Hughes, who visited in 2011, commented, 'Burma is wonderful: atmospheric scenery; talented craftspeople; astonishing temples; great souvenir shopping; yummy food. I didn't want to leave!'

Visiting this troubled country is not without it's risks due to ongoing civil conflict in some areas, so ensure you consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's website before travelling.

Other countries in the top ten included Peru, New Zealand, Namibia, Chile and Iceland. Nicaragua in Central America was voted the top emerging destination, whilst Hoi An in Vietnam won best city.

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