Burma (Myanmar) is bordered by five countries, Bangladesh, China, India, Laos and Thailand it is a land of magnificent temples, stupas, monasteries and shrines. The country's development was for many years held back by its politics, so travelling to Burma is now like travelling back in time. Isolated hill tribes unchanged for centuries, beautiful lakes, lush green forests and peaceful pagodas. Mandalay, is recognised as Myanmar's cultural capital and the second largest city, the former capital Yangon’s colonial heritage is still visible in the old British buildings, the cultural highlight is Bagan home to the remains of over 2,000 ancient temples and pagodas. One of the best ways of visiting Myanmar is by cruise ship along the beautiful Ayeyarwady River.