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Discover Two of Southeast Asia's Most Fascinating Nations


[SPONSORED CONTENT] Snaking down from towering mountains to tropical oceans, Vietnam and Myanmar are two of Asia's most charismatic nations.

Published on Jul 24, 2017



VIETNAM

Start your Vietnam odyssey in one of two cities: the historic capital Hanoi, or Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s steamy southern hub that moves fast and furiously.


Halong Bay, in Vietnam

Hanoi blooms with tranquil lakes and its legendary Old Quarter, a trade center for centuries. Retail addicts will love the night market, and the city is a launch point for two of Vietnam’s best highlights: the karst-studded maritime wonderland of Halong Bay, renowned for junk trips and floating villages, and the charming hill town of Sapa, where emerald rice terraces offer visual manna.

Ho Chi Minh City feels more modern, but it is dotted with historic sites like Chinese temples. It’s also close to Mui Ne, a laidback coastline with towering sand dunes.

In Central Vietnam, the emerging city of Da Nang has one of the country’s best beaches. Close at hand is beautiful Hoi An, a UNESCO-listed ancient port famous for its lantern festival, heritage architecture, Japanese Bridge, river cruises and cooking classes.


MYANMA

The country’s biggest city, Yangon has many of the most iconic sights. None are more striking than the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gilded stupa that is a potent symbol of national pride. The city is also home to photogenic Sule Pagoda, and some of the best preserved British colonial architecture in the world. In historic Bogyoke Market, vendors sell everything from tribal shoulder bags to handmade puppets.


Bagan, in Myanma

Elsewhere, Bagan and Inle Lake offer contrasting but equally enlivening experiences. Bagan boasts the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world. A balloon ride over the complex showcases a grandstand view, as does the sunset vista from Mount Popa.

Tranquil Inle Lake, meanwhile, is a prime spot to get away from it all, with stilt house villages, lake markets, a wide range of culture and local artisanal crafts such as weaving and blacksmiths making it a place to linger.

 

 

 

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