After a travel boycott lasting over ten years was lifted (with Aung San Suu Kyi released from house arrest in 2010) a growing number of tourists are visiting this land of misty stupas (Buddhist monuments), tranquil lakes and friendly locals, hungry for interaction with the outside world. We picked out some of our favourite photos of this stunning country.

U Bein’s Bridge on Taungthaman Lake at sunset, Amarapura, Mandalay (Stuart Black/Robert Harding)

U Bein's Bridge on Taungthaman Lake at sunset, Amarapura, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Some of the 45 Buddhas found at a crescent-shaped colonnade at Umin Thounzeh on Sagaing Hill, near Mandalay (Lee Frost/Robert Harding)

Some of the 45 Buddha images found at a crescent-shaped colonnade at Umin Thounzeh on Sagaing Hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

North Guni, Bagan (Jochen Schlenker/Robert Harding)

North Guni, Bagan (Pagan), Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Old woman with cheroot, Ywama, Shan State, Inle Lake (James Strachan/Robert Harding)

Old woman with cheroot, Ywama, Shan State, Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Central Market, Kengtung, Shan State (Stuart Black/Robert Harding)

Central Market, Kengtung, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Bullock cart on a dusty track among the temples of Bagan with light from the setting sun shining through the dust, Bagan (Lee Frost/Robert Harding)

Bullock cart on a dusty track among the temples of Bagan with light from the setting sun shining through the dust, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Fishing at dawn, Inle Lake, Shan State (James Strachan/Robert Harding)

Fishing at dawn, Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Intha Fishermen, Inle Lake, Shan State (Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding)

Intha Fishermen, Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

Intha leg rowing fishermen at sunset, Inle Lake, Shan State (Lee Frost/Robert Harding)

Intha leg rowing fishermen at sunset, Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Maria (63 years old) is some of few surviving padaung woman who still wear rings on her neck to elongate it. The tradition of wearing ring is no longer practiced amongst padaung people (Still Pictures/Robert Harding)

Portrait, myanmar. Maria (63 years old) looks through a window in her house. She is some of few surviving padaung woman who still wear rings on her neck to elongate it. The tradition of wearing ring is no longer practiced amongst padaung people. Si kar vil

Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda) at dusk with Buddhist worshippers praying, Rangoon (Lee Frost/Robert Harding)

Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda) at dusk with Buddhist worshippers praying, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Morning fog over Mrauk U (Jochen Schlenker/Robert Harding)

Morning fog over Mrauk U, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Monk and pilgrims, Kyaiktiyo Golden Rock, Mon State (Tuul/Robert Harding)

Monk and pilgrims, Kyaiktiyo Golden Rock, Mon State, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

View of Rangoon (Luca Tettoni/Robert Harding)

View of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma), Asia

Traditional rowing boat moored on the edge of flat calm Taungthaman Lake at dawn, close to the famous U Bein teak bridge, near Mandalay (Lee Frost/Robert Harding)

Traditional rowing boat moored on the edge of flat calm Taungthaman Lake at dawn with the colours of the sky reflecting in the calm water, close to the famous U Bein teak bridge, near Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma), Asia

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