Also called Burma, this country remains my favourite in all South East Asia. Despite all the political problems and economic embargoes, Burmese manage to retain a Buddhist attitude that tomorrow will be better and if not, well, there's always the next day. They live in poverty under a harsh dictatorship and yet, the way they treat visitors with a smile and with such dignity is a lesson in life. The country is one of those 'time capsules' where time stands still, all of Myanmar neighbours are moving ahead at a furious pace, this one however is not going anywhere soon. I have been to Myanmar many times over the last 7 years and do not believe economic sanctions have made any effects under the current military regime. This country needs a new diplomatic approach.