The long isolation of Myanmar, still known to many as Burma, may be coming to an end, but there is still a long way to go.
Western sanctions prohibiting commerce with the country have been suspended or lifted in some cases, and over the past year or so the word has gone out that foreign tourists are welcomed by the Parliamentary government, and certainly by the majority of Myanmar’s people.
Lonely Planet placed Myanmar at Number 2 on its list of the top ten countries for adventure travel in 2012, and the tourist board is scrambling to meet the challenge [...]
Until recent years, Burma was a country that was largely shielded from the world’s eyes as there was military rule in the country which largely prevented any visitors from entering.
Things have changed however and for the first time in decades tourists are being welcomed to the country.
That said, they might not feel particularly welcome; hotels are either booked up or far too expensive. Even if you have found somewhere to stay you are going to find it difficult to pay for it as credit cards are not widely accepted and dollars bills that are not in immaculate condition [...]
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, [...]
If you look in Lonely Planet’s Rough Guide to Asia, the guide doesn’t mention Burma anywhere. Burma, in this instance, is referred to as Myanmar and is found listed after Mongolia.
Mark Farmaner, Burma Campaign UK director, said “You can often tell where sympathies lie depending on which name is used. If they refer to it as Myanmar, it’s an indication that a country is sympathetic towards the regime. Mark Farmaner also went on to say that he doesn’t really think it matters what people call it and that it’s the abuse of human rights that really matters.
“There isn’t [...]