With its UNESCO listed Buddhist temples, friendly locals, dirt cheap prices and idiosyncratic street food, Myanmar ranks among the best destinations for a backpacker in Southeast Asia.
Much like nearby Cambodia, the country was once considered off-limits for western tourism because of its turbulent political history.
However, since 1992, when the country officially opened to the outside world, tourism has been growing with over 7.5 million international tourists set to visit the country in 2020.
Despite this, the country is much less traveled than the Southeast Asia favorites of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
But all of this is rapidly changing. Take a quick scroll through Instagram and you will be captivated by all the beautiful images of this colorful and vibrant country.
From soaring hot air balloons over Old Bagan to the wonderfully acrobatic fishermen of the Inle Lake, it's hard to believe this undiscovered gem will stay a secret for much longer.
So if you are planning a trip to Myanmar as we enter the 2020s, what questions should you ask beforehand to ensure your trip runs smoothly?
How much money should you budget? What should you pack beforehand? How long should you spend in Myanmar? How do you pronounce Myanmar? Do the locals still call it Burma?
Even if you are the type of traveler that likes to travel without a fixed itinerary or set plans, a little research before you book your flights can make all the difference.
Here is a guide for everything you need to know about backpacking Myanmar.