– They are saying it is the destination of the moment, the must place to visit with it having featured in almost every recent travel magazine and on every ‘where to go’ list. It is a far cry from a few years ago when the travel media was debating whether it was ethical to go, human rights groups were advising travellers not to, and publishers and authors were slammed for even writing and releasing books on Burma.
There has been a lot of changes in just a couple of years. This beautiful South east Asian country lying on the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, with Thailand and Laos on the eastern border, and China to the north, and not forgetting India and Bangladesh to the west, it has now gone from being isolated from the world – following a 1962 military coup to opening up following the 2010 elections and the November release that year of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who’d been under house arrest for almost 15 years. After Aung San Suu Kyi encouraged tourists to visit, the international community lifted informal travel boycotts that had been keeping travellers away.
Despite Burma being featuring in the luxury travel magazines, Burma still remains a rustic place to visit. Still relatively undeveloped, life moves at a very slow pace and modernisation has been equally slow, so it the best time to go and visit to see life and times before the 20th centre really take over although, since the recent boom in tourism and investment is improvement in infrastructure and the building of new hotels . But Mildew-dappled colonial buildings dominate cityscapes, although shiny skyscrapers have been making an appearance. Most Burmese still prefer to wear the traditional lonyi to modern dress. Streets are not illuminated with neon-lit signs like Bangkok and Hong Kong .
FACT: While 2012 saw the introduction of ATMs (mostly in Yangon), US dollars remain the main currency to exchange for local kyat, however if even slightly creased or marked are rejected. While a glut of shopping centres opened in recent years, they aren’t the monumental malls of Singapore or KL and most locals still prefer to shop the markets. Each day sees more new cars on the streets, but they still share the roads with horse carts, trishaws, bicycles, and motorbikes.
Some of the amazing and beautiful things about Burma’s charm. are its gleaming pagodas, historic temple complexes that rival Cambodia’s great Angkor complex, and lush landscapes distinguished by forested mountains, pictures and tranquil lakes, rivers, and impressive caves.
The big four sights : are Rangoon (Yangon), Bagan, Inle Lake, and Mandalay, which most tourists visit on organized tours, while destinations such as Pindaya Ngapali Beach and Hsipaw see more intrepid tourists. The Tourists and travellers are also increasingly traveling off-the-beaten-track, visiting the traditional hill tribes and some are even choosing home stays over hotels. Not really recommended – tourists still remain a real novelty in Burma – But as you will find the Burmese are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and encounters with locals are a highlight of many trips.
Burma in 3 words : Fun. Affordable. Unforgettable.
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