Travel in Burma 2015Burma Travel 2015
If the UK winters wonders if the tan has ever been around and you haven't seen your own hide in the past few months, you know it's going to be searching for the wintersun: you need an exciting, sunlit, warm place with lovely flowers, palm-fringed shores, smiling faces and tasty cuisine.
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Burma Travel: Crossroads of politics & tourism
Recent great changes in Myanmar's politics have had an equal impact on the number of trips to Myanmar. Myanmar's elections ended on November 8, 2015 with a dramatic win for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its supporter, Aung San Suu Kyi. While the NLD has enough chairs to elect the presidential elections, Aung San Suu Kyi, although very much in favour, is excluded from the chair.
Instead, she is the first Councillor of State - a similar post to that of Prime Minister - but with serious restrictions on her authority. In order to live, it must be juggling with its voters, not with the army, with economical and politic pressures from overseas forces, with the balance of years of economical negligence and politic oppression and with the management of domestic and international aspirations.
Burma is a charming land where humans are kissing by snooping, there are eight countries a day a week, and the main monetary entity used to be dominated by astronomy! Fairytale rainbow decorations in the candyfloss colours red, rose and red punctuate the countryside, humans covering their faces with powdered snow from the rind of a forest, and fog and cloud throw a dramatic tropic fume over the countryside.
Burma is trapped in a timeline, insulated from the outside worlds for many years and now leaps steeply into modernism. State-of-the-art hostels for those who visit Myanmar are under development in every town. Dining serves a fast expanding tourism industry and makes travelling to Myanmar more and more people.
Burma is the biggest nation in Southeast Asia. Myanmar's story goes back to the period before Buddha in the fifth cent. BC. Myanmar is thriving with the 2015 election, which will throw the National Democratic Party (NLD) into a syndicate of forces with the army and the ensuing loosening of penalties by the world authorities.
The Myanmar Tourism Organization reports that 816,369 international tourist came to the Philippines in 2011 before the sanction was relaxed. The number of attendees rose to 4,501,020 in 2015. In 2011, about $120 per person per day was expended by Myanmar residents. By 2015, they were spending an annual averaging $171 per person, and the duration of the Myanmar trip averaged about nine working nights.
But all that could be changed. Aung San Suu Kyi is called upon by the UN and other nations to alleviate the suffering of the Muslim Rohingyas on the Bangladeshi and Kachin on the Chinese borders and of the Shan and Karen in other frontier areas such as Thailand.
Myanmar's citizens want Aung San Suu Kyi to stop the building of a railway line through the China that runs through an architectonic heritage, improves working condition in the Java Mine, ensures that those who work in China's plants receive decent wages and secure working environments, protects their belongings from land-taking officers, alleviates Yangon's contamination and transport, improves literacy and healthcare, and much more.
Though some travellers go the ethical route and withdraw from Myanmar because of the ethnical boundary conflict and the tough handling of the Rohingyas, a travelling boycott or Aung San Suu Kyi does not help the situa-tion. It is clear that trips to Myanmar have been instrumental in ensuring that locals have received currency, that they have made outstanding friends internationally and that they have encouraged the expansion of the country's population.
In addition, the frontier disputes have not affected tourism itineraries, making Myanmar a safer place to be. The most important thing is that those who are travelling to Myanmar and trying to get to know the country's cultural life are returning home with a better appreciation of the Aung San Suu Kyi dilemma.