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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]