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Targets that are back on the map: ierra Leone, Burma, Sri Lanka, Iran and Haiti
It is perhaps the greatest response in Western Africa, where Sierra Leone was proclaimed Ebolafree on 7 November. This English-language country in Western Africa loved the envious Freetown Peninsula beach in the 1970'. "We had overcome these perceptual problems," says Mohamed Jalloh, Tourist Board Manager. A strong electoral win for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in Asia has further removed Burma from the relentless march of the previous commanding general.
There is an increase in the number of ships that offer luxurious cruise services on the Irrawaddy and the Anawrahta will enter commercial operation next year. Among the worldwide hotel development companies are Melia, Kempinski, Starwood and Hilton. From Jaffna to Galle" a 14-day tailor-made journey from Northeast to Sothern from £2,275pp without airfare.
At the beginning of this year, penalties against Iran were loosened following an agreement on its atomic program.
Moulmein, Myanmar's first UK capitol, back on the tourist map - IN SHOOL
Moulmein, in former days known as " Little England ", could be better described today as "Little Yangon". Moulmein and Yangon were both major towns in what was once the UK settlement of Burma, now Myanmar, and this has given both towns a treasury of colorful architectural treasures. After the first Anglo-Burmese conflict, the Britons selected Moulmein as their capitol because of the safety port at the estuary of the Salween River in the Gulf of Martaban.
Moulmein, today Mawlamyine, is sheltered by the Bilu Islands, which lies above the Salween and separates the city from theulf. From 1826 to 1852 the British in Moulmein constructed administrative buildings, church and a huge jail. The majority of these architectonic jewels, even the jail, are still used today as administrative buildings, which is even more serious after 150 years.
"We' re planing to do something with the colorful buildings," said Aung Naing Moe, director of the Mon Ethnic Museum in Moulmein. "However, at the moment we are more interested in carrying out some archeological excavations in Thaton and Martaban related to the Mon culture," he said. Moulmein and Yangon agree on another thing, the Mon.
The two towns were initially populated by the Mon, an ethnical group that in the Middle Ages moved to the main coastlines of Myanmar and Thailand. They founded the towns of Pathein, in the Irrawaddy River valley, Yangon and Bago, in the eastern banks of theulf.
Her dominance in lower Myanmar ended with the ascent of Tabin Shwe-ti, who became the king of Pagan in 1531 and quickly began to conquer all competing empires. In 1540, he conquered Martaban, the last Moner. Martaban's total devastation could account for why there is so little to see today of this "once tremendously rich" seaside city, located on the Salween River just south of Moulmein.
"I' ve found Martaban's square, the palatial sideboard and the trench wall," said San Win, a Mon resigning from the Myanmar Ministry of Culture's Historical Section. San Win also wants to dig up another site, that of Thaton, the first Mon colony, which he says could be the primal "Suvarnabhumi" or the mythical "Golden Land".
" Some other Myanmar scholars have questioned this notion. "Toe Hla, vice-chairman of the Myanmar Historical Commission, said, "The name Suvarnabhumi comes from India at a period when India traders were sailing east and receiving bullion in trade for their goods. "That is why they named Southeast Asia Suvarnabhumi.
" Thaton or Martaban would be welcome as new tourist destinations, Suvarnabhumi or not. Today, Martaban from the north tip of Moulmein has little more than a beautiful panorama of a pagoda-covered hill. Until a few years ago Moulmein was a limited tourist resort for westerners for security reasons.
Safety issues seem to have moved to the state of Rakhine (home of Ngapali Island Beaches Resort), where in 2012 cultist force between Buddhist and Islamic societies erupted. "Due to the difficulties in Rakhine last year, travel operators had to find a new tourist destination in Ngapali, making Moulmein more and more popular," said Ye Man, General Director of Strand Hotel in Moulmein.
Usually the route for most West European visitors in the Mon state involves a tour of the Golden Rock Pagoda, Moulmein and a detour to Hpa-an, the capitol of the neighboring state of Karen (Kayin).