The People of MyanmarPeople of Myanmar
Hannah, the Audley expert, will meet the Burmese people
"Myanmar will remain the primary source of inspiration for Burma's tourists because of the way they are received. During my last visit to Burma it was the people I encountered that became the high points of my itinerary. On my cruise around Inntha Sea I encountered a woman the same old as my grandma, who was a member of the Inntha people.
It is the people of Burma and their sincere wish to live their life with you that makes the visit to this land an ever new adventure".
It is not only its geographical location that makes a land, but rather its people. Whilst it is truely the case that Myanmar has stunning historic places you wouldn't want to miss, its genuine charms lie in its people. In addition to the religious practices of Theravada Buddhism, Myanmar is also known for its ethnical variety and cordial friendliness.
The system identifies 135 different ethnical groups and speaks more than 100 different foreign nationalities. One of Myanmar's singular calls is this astonishing variety, but it has also led to many conflicts in the past. The balance between variety and unity is something the Myanmar administration is continuing to address.
It is these people who rule the civilian and civilian world. The majority of Myanmar's stereotypes, such as the golden crust that people put on their faces as sun cream, the Theravada Buddhist practices, the long-gyi, are characteristic of the Bamar people. The majority of touristic areas, such as Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay, are areas where the Bamar are dominant.
Shan, the second biggest ethnic group, accounts for 9% of the people. Most of them are living, but not only in Shan State. Shan differ from Bamar by their outfit. The Bamar are wearing sarong-like longyis, while the Shan men usually wearing deep navy pants, while women 14 years and older are wearing colourful clothes.
Shan State Army, a rebellious group controlling Shan State, is one of the biggest of many Myanmar rebels. They have fought for Myanmar's autonomy like other such groups in the past. Kayin and Kachin are mainly Christians, unlike Buddhists, like the remainder of the people of Myanmar.
Kayin and Kachin's privileged relationship with the Bamar has in the past led to bad relationships between them and the Bamar-dominated regime, and the bad sentiment still exists today. Kachin are living in the north of Myanmar on the border with China, while Kayin are living in the east of Myanmar on the border with Thailand.
They both wanted to part with Myanmar for a long time and have struggled for long for independence and suffered a lot. Rakhine and Chin tribes both invade the west of Myanmar. Chin make up about 1% of the total populace and mainly border India and Bangladesh. There are also other smaller minority groups, a large number of people of India origin who came to Myanmar during the UK period, and many of China's immigrant populations who now predominate the country's economies.
Rohingya are an ethnical group in the state of Rakhine. Myanmar's junta does not currently recognise the Rohingya as an ethnical group and claims that most of them are illegals who immigrated to the Burma after Burma's liberation. However, many people say that the group's footprint in Myanmar goes back to settlement and even pre-colonial times.
The Rohingya, like the Karen and Kachin, have been despised by the regime and even their neighbours for their strong racist backgrounds (closer to Bengali) and the Islam. Frequently frequented sights like Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw - the new capitol - are secure.
However, more care is needed in other parts of the countryside, as tensions between certain racial groups and the authorities have not yet been settled. As Burma used to be a UK settlement, many Myanmar people speak English and English is the second official tongue.
However, the primary tongue is Myanmar, which was initially the Bamar one. Throughout the Bagan dynasty from 1044 to 1287 AD, the country was encouraged as a shared lingua franca to unify the area. In Burma there are local distinctions between Upper Burma (the Mandalay dialect) and Lower Burma (the Yangon dialect).
The Upper Burma language was once the norm, but the Lower Burma language has been considered the norm since Yangon became the centre of business and medial activities. Myanmar uses a distinctive typeface based on India. You can romanticize a name like Win, Winn or even Wynn differently.
Like elsewhere, you can better communicate with the locals if you understand something of their own people. Although you can only say a few sentences in Burmese, it will show the locals that you are really interested in their cultures and ready to get to know them.
It is recommended that you learn some of the basics of Burma before traveling there. Although the people of Myanmar have suffered much in recent years, they have maintained a real and welcoming feeling. You' ll find that most people in Burma are kind, supportive and willing to live their lives with other people.
Her warm welcome is one of the reason why Myanmar will keep attracting people. Burma has great places to see, but you may find that one of the high points of your trip is your interactions with the people. Hopefully, when you come to Myanmar, you will get to know the people there more personally and be inspired by their friendliness and variety.
Myanmar is available for tailor-made trips. The tour starts or ends in Yangon or Mandalay and lasts about 9 nights; visit Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.