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Officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; formerly known as Burma.

Young Burmese girl with Thanaka paste on her face, Bagan, Burma

Karaweik floating restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar, Burma, Kengtung. An Akha woman wearing traditional costume with a headdress of silver and beads. | © John Warburton Lee

The Dhammayangyi Pahto (Temple) in Bagan, Myanmar

✮ Hsinbyume Pagoda (Mingun, Burma)

Ancient Bagan city of 11th century. Bagan, Myanmar

The Guinness Book of World Records names Painite as the rarest gem mineral on earth. Named after Arthur Pain, the gem’s English discoverer, Painite has so far only been found in Myanmar, Indonesia. Painite colours vary from pink to brown and like diamond Painite will appear a different colour when viewed from different angles. Very few Painite crystals are known to exist and even fewer have been cut into gemstones. As a result you can expect to pay around $ 1,800 per carat for Painite.

One of the many ruins at Ava (Innwa), the ancient capital of Myanmar (Burma).

The Buddhas are endless in Myanmar and one is more spectacular than the next!

Buddha statues at Mrauk U ancient site, Myanmar (by Mhln).

One of the many ruins at Ava (Innwa), the ancient capital of Myanmar (Burma).