One of the largest countries in Southeast Asia, Burma is a place with rich cultural traditions. In Yangon, the city centres around the Shwedagon Pagoda, a breathtaking Buddhist monument coated in gold plate. The streets are lined with historic colonial buildings, whilst parks and lakes provide a retreat from the lively city thoroughfares. Downtown you'll find the Bogyoke Market, a splendid bazaar with a variety of stalls that sell hand carved statues, jewellery, and clothes. The second largest city behind Yangon, Mandalay is nestled below a colourful hill dotted with temples. At the foot of the hill, rests the beautiful Kuthodaw Pagoda. Wander a wealth of bazaars and markets, discover gold workshops, and admire Mandalay Palace with its perfectly square moat and decorative buildings. The city rests on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River making it a great place to enjoy riverboat cruises, where you can spot the native wildlife that live along its shores. In Bagan, you'll find an ancient city flowing with mystery and awe-inspiring beauty. It's home to the Bagan Archaeological Zone, where over 2,000 temples rise from the ground to touch the sky. The nearby jungle offers a natural haven with exotic fauna too. Keep an eye out for buffalo, elephants, leopards, monkeys, rhinos and tigers.