After a half-century of isolationist policies imposed by an oppressive military junta, the newly elected government of Myanmar ushers in a hope for a brighter future. This government is now led by Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, whose political party recently won a supermajority of open parliament seats in the government. This new political era has garnered increased global attention and seen visits from such world leaders as President Barack Obama. The stabilizing forces of the new political regime have also attracted foreign investment as well as lead to an explosion in tourism. With Myanmar's vast collection of archeological sites, rich buddhist culture, diverse topography and warm-spirited people, now is a perfect time for travellers to discover the mystique that surrounds Myanmar.
The Rakhine Coast is on Myanmar’s western coast, on the Bay of Bengal. Although this area has made recent headlines, its has destinations far from the conflict that are well worth your time. Unwind on the balmy shores of Ngapali Beach and travel inland to see the ruins of Mrauk U — the capital of the once-powerful Arakan Kingdom.