In the year 2012 backpacking Myanmar (ex. Burma) still is an adventure. No ATM, no internet, often no electricity. Yangon was filthy, rainy and muddy but this was all forgiven over how friendly and welcoming the Burmese were. They would greet sincere and warmly at every occasion. Riding a bicycle through literally thousands of pagodas at Bagan was one of the highlights. The boat trip at lake Inle has not to be missed either. People I talked to expressed much hope for their future and said they were happy over increasing freedom and political stability.
Oh, and do not forget to read George Orwell’s Burmese Days while you are on your way.