Yangon, Myanmar
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Why You Didn't Want to Go: It's not so much that Yangon itself was dangerous, but it was a very dangerous place for a traveler to be during the years the junta shut itself off from the outside world.

Why You Want to Go Now: As Myanmar has opened to tourists, tourists have opened to the idea of traveling to Yangon. The city is now on every Southeast Asia checklist and is positively thick with travelers craving something authentic. Thing is, the city is decidedly old-fashioned and hasn't been too much effected by outside influence – yet. It won't be long before crowds make the trip to the golden temple of Shwedagon Paya and a night's stay in the gorgeous Governor's Residence more of a hassle than a pleasure. For now, there's nothing quite like it.