How to Visit MyanmarVisiting Myanmar
Up until a few years ago Myanmar, or Burma if you will, was as secretive as North Korea. However, with the transition from junta to civil government, many changes have taken place, among them the opening of the land to the outside and the outside worlds.
Travelers have started to dismount to Myanmar in large numbers, curiously looking for the land, but also keen to see a part of Southeast Asia that has not developed the same tourist infrastructures as some of its neighbours. I had a very relaxed notion of what to expect thanks to some research and essays on Myanmar, but as always, what I actually lived was far removed from these early prejudices.
I am still in the process of analysing the experiment but I thought I would start my reporting here with a few thoughts about a trip to Myanmar. Yangon was that it would look like Bangkok 50 years ago. Later, during my stay, I found some of the mess I had been looking for, but not nearly as extrem as today in Bangkok.
One of the best ways to get more out of Yangon was an evenings meal in some of the city's most crowded neighbourhoods. Although Phone only began his trips a few month ago, the trips definitely began and when I came to him, there were six of us to find out more about the gastronomic tradition of Yangon and Myanmar.
The cheap and gradual drive through the cityscape is also a favourite touristic adventure because it leads the drivers into almost all areas of the cityscape and offers the visitor a more complete look at Yangon for the first tim. There are Montblanc shops on one road and a few blocks away much more modest terms for the people who live on only a few bucks a week. A few minutes walk from Montblanc is the best way to get there.
However, it was wise to spend a few in Yangon before I continued my exploration of Burma. but I also learnt a great deal about the land. The visit to Myanmar was in equal parts work and holidays, which meant that I wanted a luxury but everlasting first initiation into Myanmar.
First I say because I knew before I left that Myanmar was a land that would take several trips, a fact that has been confirmed now that I am at home. In order to familiarize myself with the miracles of Myanmar, I took a beach trip along the Ayeyarwady from Bagan to Mandalay. In its third year on the sea, this luxurious boat trip is an expansion of the stylish beach hotel in Yangon, a wonderful estate with an unbelievable story in the area.
Cruising is an expansion of this luxurious adventure, from accommodation to services and everything else on board, it was the perfect place to call home for a few extra workdays. But even better were the everlasting adventures on the ocean-trip. Aboard the Strand Cross, travellers were there for one purpose to see Myanmar, and the trips, talks and events on offer provided us all with this amazing occasion.
Be it to get to know the Bagan Temple by the director of Myanmar's archaeological effort or to get up at daybreak to see the sunrise over the swampy countryside, I got off the boat at the end of the month content with my first induction to the land and got to know both the story of the land and the beautiful folk who call it home.
After several visits in the last ten years this naturally close relationship has only become even strong. I am a popular observer and when I am in Thailand, whether it is Bangkok or an isle or Chiang Mai, I observe the tourist to see exactly what they are doing.
They have people who are thrilled to be in the almost mythic land of Thailand, who would like to know more about its cultural and historical background and enjoy it in a way that is always intense and entertaining. They are inquisitive travellers, people who are travelling to study, and I am one of them.
In Myanmar I did not see this, although I am sure it exists to some extent. But, on the whole, the visitors I saw and saw in Myanmar were inquisitive. You wanted to study and live, and I liked it. In Myanmar there are just not the same kind of activity as in Thailand or other places.
No. Instead, they are here to see the many churches, enjoy the tasty meals and meet the warm-hearted locals who are there. When I went on my journey, I was informed that Myanmar was like Thailand half a hundred years ago. As far as town planning is concerned, I don't think that's real, but I think it's real how it' is experienced by local population.
It is not the myriad of Starbucks and McDonald's as they are in Bangkok, it is simpler to really eat and experience locally, and it is certainly simpler to get to know the people there. Burma hasn't been spoiled by the drunken tourists yet, and I just hopefully it never does. I' ve got books to read about my experience in Myanmar, a trial that will take me honestly a few time.
However, I wanted to begin by beginning by share with these sincere and original thoughts my ideas of a land that for many of us is still concealed behind a haze of mysteries and intrigues.