Myanmar

No queues of planes waiting for a take off spot, no luggage carts speedily taking baggage to and from aircraft, no lookout tower.

There was nothing. Nothing but an old Burmese military plane sitting on the rough tarmac. I'd never felt so far away from anywhere I'd been before, ever.

Stepping off the plane to see the local baggage handlers dressed in their traditional Longyi, waving & smiling to greet us was beautifully warming. The excitement for the month ahead peaked.

The moment to visit this extraordinary land is now, scattered with gilded pagodas - where the traditional ways of Asia endure and areas that were previously off-limits are now opening up.

Myanmar remains a Starbucks-free nation – but that could soon change. As the country makes tentative steps towards democracy, sanctions have been dropped and the world is rushing to do business here.

In recent years conveniences such as mobile phone coverage, internet access and internationally linked ATMs have all improved or even made their debut. Relaxing of censorship has led to an explosion of new media and an astonishing openness in public discussions of once-taboo topics - including politics.

Swathes of the county, off-limits for years, can now be freely visited.

I fell in love with Myanmar, its people and its food. I suggest you do too.

I'll return soon.