People who have heard of Myanmar know it as "the Land of Pagodas" or "Golden Land". Thanks to the predominance of Buddhism, the tourist will find himself choosing between thousands of temples and shrines.
With an area of 676.577 square kilometers (261,228 square miles), Myanmar is the largest country in the South East Asian peninsula - almost three times the size of Britain. In the north and east it borders on China, Laos and Thailand, and in the west on Bangladesh and India while the southern coast lies on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Today the country has a population of 53 millions people, neighboring Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh, India and China. Apart from a 1,400-mile-long (2,252-km) coastline, it is surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped ring mountains that forms a natural border of almost 4,000 miles (6,436km) with its neighbors. The main rivers are the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy), Chindwin, Thanlwin (Salween). and Sittaung.