Myanmar Guide BookBurma travel guide
Briefing: The expatriate guidebook provides a basis for surviving.
The bookshelves fill with new travel books for Myanmar, so the coming of a more specialized book is a welcome view. All of the apparitions of a travel book address the expatriate's position, new and at the same time well-versed. Writer Janice Merchant has traveled around the world on many occasions and notices how advantageous it was for her wife and daughter to have a leader when they arrived in a new state.
Firstly, an Yangon Export Guidebook must have added value compared to the Golden Guidebook to Yangon, which is both fully and annually up-dated. There are 16 sections, from "Housing" and "Household Staff" to "Enjoying Your New Life in Yangon" and "Establishing a Business".
It does list some useful demands when looking for a rented home, but my experiences are that if you find something halfway appropriate and it snatches, the bottlenecks and injustices in the real estate markets in Yangon are. The" Country Overview" section could have got by with more materials, as I think that every new ex-patriate would like to have some of the more recent histories, especially those of the state.
In Yangon, while working intensively with kids abroad - from cultural shocks to education to shopping around for babies' articles - I felt that a whole section could be dedicated to the subjectm. Yangon's friendly attitude to the whole Yangon community quickly vanishes when you try to cross a pedestrian path with a stroller or even a street.
It reports on the various associations that offer a very necessary facilitation to families with young kids, but it would be helpful to have a detailed description of how they can become members. Each of Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw gets a section, but the focus of the volume is on the vast majority of Yangon expats.
It is spiked with beautiful photographs of the author's husbands, Rajeev Merchant, and a series of cards and attachments (some more useful than others and some available on the Internet). It costs US$25, the same amount as the Lonely Planet Guide to Myanmar, but the revenue from the sales of this guide will be used to finance scholarships and education efforts.
Myanmar Expatriate is an appealing guide, and although it is definitely not the last thing on the subject, it is certainly one to have on your return.