When Rudyard Kipling wrote about Burma from his experience as a British soldier in the 1890′s he mentioned sunshine and palm trees and temple bells, amongst many other charms.
Back in London after his sojourn in the exotic East, he bemoaned the soggy ‘English drizzle’ compared to his memories of ‘a cleaner, greener land’.
Today there are travel agencies quoting his poetry in their advertisements, and they are not exaggerating – but this is a new development. For the past 50 years or so Burma, now commonly known as Myanmar, has been very much out of the loop as far [...]
In the country of Burma, fairly recently renamed Myanmar, there is an incredible wealth of opportunity for the adventurous traveller.
Much of the country is still restricted to visitors; even though the past few decades of civil strife may be coming to an end, many regions are still hostile to each other, if not to outsiders.
That said, there has been considerable progress made just in the past couple of years, and if you want to go and experience the country as it was a hundred years ago, now might be an excellent time to do it, and the Irrawaddy [...]
Since the days of the British Empire when Burma was under colonial rule, ending officially in 1948, the country has been going through many changes.
Today those changes are getting a lot of attention, and a visitor to the country, now known as Myanmar, would do well to pay attention also. It is highly advisable to do some homework before arriving in Yangon or Mandalay, the only international airports.
The former capital of Rangoon, now known as Yangon, is a prime example of Burma/Myanmar as it was and is today, and a good place to start any exploration of this [...]
One of the marvels of the world, with an admission fee of only $US10 (currently around 8,000 kyat) lies on the plains of Bagan; an accumulation of shrines and temples like nothing else on Earth.
To see it you’ll need to fly to Burma (aka Myanmar) and don’t forget your walking shoes. This country is not on any list of sybaritic luxury tours, but it’s all the more enthralling for that very reason.
Bagan is really an area of flat plain in the bend of the Ayeyarwady (aka Irrawaddy) River in the central region of Burma. It’s sometimes called a city, [...]
Myanmar has witnessed the opposition leader Suu Kyi fail to show up at the opening of parliament last Monday to hear the President’s reaction to the reforms that are due to take place in the country due to many of the sanctions being suspended by the EU.
Suu Kyi`s political alliance has been rejecting the request to defend the military-based constitution should any disputes against the government arise, ever since the Nobel Peace Prize holder won the seat in the parliament.
The disagreement emanates from the decision of the European Union to stop all sanctions against Myanmar`s people to allow [...]
You’ve all heard of Mandalay; Rudyard Kipling rhapsodised about the mystical, far-off land of Burma from the perspective of a British soldier who spent several years there, in ‘The Road to Mandalay’ and other writings.
What’s amazing is not that much has changed since he wrote that poem in 1890, except Burma is now known as Myanmar and it’s no longer part of the British Empire.
Comparatively speaking, Mandalay is a modern city founded only about 150 years ago, but it is an utterly fascinating place to visit.
It emerged in the 1860′s as the (new) capital of the Burmese [...]
There are several sanctions in place by the European Union on Burma and this has meant that the country has been unable to do business with many European countries for a long time.
Importantly, there is a lumber trading ban in place on the country and it is also illegal to trade diamonds with them. Despite this ban, the Norwegian government has recently announced that they are going to begin putting some money into the country.
The Foreign Minister for Norway has stated, “Until recently we have been giving very strict advice to Norwegian companies about how they can only [...]
In 2011, Burma was the country that saw the smallest number of visitors of any Asian country.
The only exception to this was North Korea and it is expected that in the near future the prospect of travel to Burma for many people is going to be significantly improved.
This is something that many potential visitors are probably looking forward to as it is a country that is known for its hospitality and beauty among the few people who have been lucky enough to visit.
It is expected that in 2012, Burma is going to be one of the countries [...]
Burma is a country that has been isolated for a very long time and the recent reforms that have taken place in the country mean that it is likely to see an explosion in interest from tourists in the coming years.
During 2010 and 2011, around 400,000 visitors came to the country and it is expected that this year this number is going to increase significantly to around 700,000 visitors.
The country is currently undergoing a great deal of development as it does not currently have enough hotels to cope with the growing demand in the country. A large number [...]
Australia is starting to lift some of the sanctions that they had placed on Myanmar, as some politicians in Canberra have joined the growing troupe of political leaders that are looking for approaches to encourage more democracy in Myanmar.
The decision about Burma, comes just two weeks after general elections took place in Myanmar itself. A significant victory was experienced by the opposition party, led by Suu Kyi.
The US also lifted some of their restrictions just days after the elections. Sanctions made by the US are some of the most extensive and restrictive trade and investment bans, so it’s [...]