Perhaps the most important thing to consider when taking a world cruise is the itinerary. There are are great many variations available, and you want to be sure that the one you choose stops in regions that appeal to you; there are so many fascinating destinations in our world.
The cultural heritage of Myanmar (commonly referred to as Burma, its historical name) is a rich one that has only recently been accessible to travelers. From a tourist perspective, the country is best known for its Buddhist temples (over 10,000 of them from the 11th to 13th centuries) of which 2,200 still survive today. Best-known is the Shwesandaw Paya (the Shwedagon Pagoda, located in southern Burma, is the spiritual hub of Burma and its most impressive religious monument). The Bagan Archaeological Zone (which can be toured by either bike or vehicle) is the single largest draw in Myanmar’s budding tourism industry and is frequently compared to the legendary Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Burma’s attractions are not limited to religious shrines. Its sole fully fledged beach resort, Ngapali, is located on the far western portion of Burma and offers a magnificent bay lined with palm trees and soft sand. Not to be missed is some of the finest seafood to be offered in Southeast Asia.
Another “must see” destination is Bago (Pegu), the ancient dynastic capital whose countless monuments – including palaces and throne rooms – have been lavishly restored. See it on a day trip to Shwedagon Pagoda, as both are located in the southern portion of the country.