Myanmar, commonly known as Burma, is an Ancient Buddhist land entering the modern world after a thousand years of isolation. It allows travelers the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of history in the modern world, before it slips away. Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar was a kingdom ruled by a succession of indigenous leaders until it fell under British rule in the late 19th century. This period of colonization led to increased Indian and Chinese influence, introducing new facets of culture to the Burmese people. After World War II, the nation gained its independence and has remained under the rule of a military government.
Damon travels through this devoutly Buddhist country, visiting stunning pagoda temples, humble monasteries and chillingly accurate fortune tellers. He experiences everything from old fashioned villages with ancient customs, to modern river cruises with the finest luxuries. Along the way he talks to monks, nuns, government officials and school children to discover how Myanmar's people feel about religion, faith and its place in the modern world. He finds a country full of varied unique cultures and deep seeded traditions, facing a strange unknown future as the outside world begins to encroach on their once secluded homeland.