Mazzaro has traveled extensively through this increasingly popular, though still relatively undeveloped, destination. She knows where to find Myanmar’s secluded corners and can get clients the best rooms at top hotels, thanks to personal relationships with on-site managers. She can set up a hot-air-balloon ride over Bagan, a guided longboat tour of Inle Lake, or a biking trip through the scenic Shan state.
New favorite: Sanctuary Retreats’ Sanctuary Ananda river cruise makes four-night trips on the Irrawaddy from Bagan to Mandalay. The boat, built by a pair of Burmese brothers, has only has 21 staterooms, all with private balconies and pieces that celebrate Burmese artistic traditions: hand-loomed silk pillows, teak accents, and lacquerware. Private guides take you to Bagan’s top temples and through Sin Kyun, a small peanut-farming village.
Other specialties: Myanmar and India.