Vassi Koutsaftis's Top Five Cultural Destinations: Myanmar

Vassi Koutsaftis, a legendary guide who has been leading GeoEx tours for 29 years, was just named one of the best guides in the world by Outside magazine. The publication chose him as Best Cultural Guide in its 2014 Travel Awards, announced in the April issue. To celebrate, we asked Vassi to tell us his five favorite cultural destinations. We’re presenting one each day, illustrated with one of his extraordinary photographs.

Myanmar

This is still my favorite place in the world, a hidden gem of temples and wonderful, friendly people. The remote villages seem to take you back in time to the days of the British Empire; then when you walk around the temples of Bagan, you feel like you’ve wandered into a Disney cartoon movie. Also, wherever you go in Myanmar, there’s a striking photo around every corner – so you end up taking three times as many pictures as you thought you would.

To see more of his wonderful portfolio, visit his website. For more information on Vassi’s next trip, visit Pakistan’s Hunza Valley.

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Don George, Editor

Don George is Editor in Chief of Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. He has been Travel Editor for the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle and Salon.com, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Don has published eight books, including Travel Writing, A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and Tales from Nowhere. E-mail him at don@geoex.com.

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