Myanmar Myanmar's Delta used to be an agricultural powerhouse -- exporting more rice than any other country in the world. But five decades of mismanagement under a military government and 2008's Cyclone Nargis, which killed 150,000 and ravaged farms, left many residents struggling to get by.
Whatever else you do while you're in Myanmar, be sure to save time for wandering around downtown Yangon. You might see a nat house, a shrine that's home to diverse universe of spirits worshiped in Myanmar.
There is deep concern over a sharp spike in communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma. It started a few months ago in western Myanmar, also known as Burma, but has spread to the central part of the country.