We’ve been to Myanmar four times. A travel statistic that is, admittedly, getting a bit out of hand. But what can we say? Myanmar is our homegirl. Incomparably authentic, with rad conversational skills, she’ll give you a lesson on the Middle Path while serving up the best fried noodle this side of the Andaman.

If we’re talking travel stories, our past Myanmar adventures have included: spending a night on the hardwood floor of a Buddhist monastery; climbing to the top of Mt Kyaiktiyo; bailing out a fishing boat (that was en route to snorkel town); riding motorbikes along the west coast; and, in recent years, watching the country begin to flex its political muscles.