Five Reasons to Visit Rangoon

Mikhail Galustov for TIME

The grounds of the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda

With Burma finally opening up, it seems that Rangoon has rocketed to the top of everyone's must-go-now list. But thankfully, this captivating Southeast Asian city is still a long way from being the next tourist trap. As yet unsullied by the trappings of breakneck development, Rangoon has plenty to please the frontier-destination traveler. Clamber aboard a trishaw for a cruise along tree-lined boulevards flanked by dilapidated British-colonial-era buildings. Follow in the footsteps of coquettish young couples as they steal a stroll along the banks of lotus-bedecked Kandawgyi Lake. Visit run-down museums filled with priceless artifacts. One of the best times to...

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