Imagine a country forgotten by time, in self-exile from its neighbours, a place that can only be dreamed, not easily visited. Burma (or Union Myanmar) is such a land, and it is only since economic necessity encouraged a relaxation of stringent visa conditions recently that the treasures of this secret nation have now been once again accessible For Foreigners to enjoy. And what treasures, For Burma is the stuff of reverie just in the names of its cities and regions -- Pagan, Rangoon, Etat Kayah and Lashio; in its landscape -- among the least despoiled in Asia, whether mountainous and forested (from rainforest to evergreen oak) or open and fertile (the central river valley being both the natural and settled heart of the country), and in its relaxed and multi-cultured population. And as for its temples... well, exquisitely crafted ancient pagodas, especially in Mandalay, are said to outnumber the people. A graceful land of gentle faith, Burma is done wonderful justice in this beautifully produced publication, at once an authoritative guide to the history, lifestyles and traditional cuisine, a dazzling photographic record, and a useful travel companion. Find time for Burma, and it will take you out of time.