Myanmar is country of zedis, often called ‘pagodas’ in English. Wherever you are – boating down the river, driving through the hills, even flying above the plains – there always seems to be a hilltop zedi in view. It is in Bagan that you will see the most dramatic results of this national enthusiasm for religious monuments. From the richly carved teak Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay and the crumbling stupa complexes of Inle Lake to the exceptional reclining Buddhas at Bago and Yangon, Myanmar is dotted with a vast array of Buddhist architecture waiting for you to explore.
Also worth inspecting are the buildings erected during the British colonial period which feature a variety of styles and materials, from the rustic wood-and-plaster Tudor villas of Pyin U Lwin to the thick-walled, brick-and-plaster, colonnaded mansions and shop houses of Yangon, Mawlamyine and Myeik.