In this fabled but troubled Buddhist land, isolated from the outside world from 1962 to 2011 and now again under sever military dictatorship, there's still extraordinary history and nature on display in capital Rangoon (aka Yangon) and places like Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, and various beaches. But in our judgment, Myanmar's violent recent history should give visitors pause for the time being.

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Burmese junta aims to reopen country to tourism in 2022 - but who will go?

An interesting piece from CNN: "Visiting Myanmar, which has previously spent decades under military rule, has always presented dilemmas for travelers weighing up whether their trip will support what has in the past been labeled an oppressive regime, or will help locals who need outside lifelines. The question is now, with Covid still an issue across the region and the wider world of travel, plus the turmoil currently gripping the country, will anyone come?" Click here.          

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Exploring the new Rangoon

“I have a robe for you,’ a passing monk said to us near the mighty Shwedagon Pagoda, which gleams and beams across the city of Yangon. We had been wandering around the centre of town being dazzled by the temples, buildings, animal statues and Buddha images – cleaned to within an inch of their many karmic lives. Lift your eyes and golden spires swirl above you, lower your eyes and small, feet are padding across the tiled outdoor floors – small feet belonging to many maroon-robed monks. Anyway,…

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Finding the real Burma in its tea shops

by Shwe Ei  We Burmese have a penchant for tea to rival that of the British. But one difference is that perhaps even more than in the U.K., in Burma (Myanmar) tea shops are truly an important and integral part of daily life. More than in even other tea-drinking countries of Southeast Asia, the streets of most cities and towns here are filled with tea shops, and most are crowded with Burmese who will sit for hours, catching up with friends, doing business, and in general conducting life... keep…

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  • One of the many rules of diplomacy is to have an open line of communication. By severing ties, we do just the opposite. According to some very dear friends of mine from Burma, many local people have been financially devastated by the drying up of tourism.
  • I agree with you, Shwe. Shutting down communication is never the answer. Whether it's Cuba, or Iran, or North Korea, or anywhere, regular people meeting regular people is the best hope we have for the future. Call me an idealist, but isolation doesn't seem to work either.
  • Should or Shouldn't?
    Its depend on the individual decision.
    Besides this, the tourism of the country is a great source of development and generates jobs for the locals.
    On top of this the local people wants you to visit and share their culture.
    Is it enough reason to visit Myanmar? just one time! Just only one time - try!
    If you never been to Myanmar and sayings 'not to go' – this is NOT fair.
  • Should Tourists Travel to Burma?

    By Jonathan Steele | Feb 15, 2010

    (eTN) Ruled by the world's last military junta, Burma is shunned by both governments and tourists. Yet its people are crying out for contact. So what's the ethical traveller to do?

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  • Did you ever try a Myanmar food?

    Let me know if you want some recipe how to cook a basic Myanmar food.
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