Welcome in MyanmarIn Myanmar welcome
Where authenticity is the true luxury
Following two successive decades of unstable tyranny, the lands now called Myanmar are reopening to the outside worlds. Mandalay' and his bizarre comments about'ringing bells' in a'greener, clearer country' have largely determined the price through which Myanmar is looked at in the West.
Later Somerset Maugham noticed that the name'Mandalay' had its own special charm since Kipling's poetry and only jesters would go there and expected that the town would do justice to these humming words of Kipling's verses. Of course, Myanmar is more than just a'green and romantic' place; it is as complicated and complicated as any other - but when it' is promoted as a holiday resort, it is often confined to the picture postcards that Kipling evoked over a hundred years ago.
Cities like India, Sri Lanka and Thailand are not only experienced in selling, but also in supplying oriental fiction to travelers and offer a smooth and convenient holiday. The majority of visitors see kids immersed in the sparkling Mekong, but not working in sweatshop. Myanmar's tourist industries are still in their early stages. In Myanmar, for example, cash machines have only recently been released.
The majority of people in Burma would rather smok the village sheroots than Marlboro Lights. Thanakas are still used by men and girls to protect their faces from the heat of the day and in rural areas bullocks and carts are often the most frequent means of transport. In fact, the bell tinkles in the hot breezes and large parts of the country are taken by lush, verdant rice rush.
This all makes much of Myanmar effortless to photograph. Burma is not a luxury place in the narrow meaning of the term, but without a doubt an exhilarating, quaint place for the nosy traveler. Myanmar's generosity of welcome, generosity and the willing smile of the Myanmar population mean that they are often described as the best of a trip to Myanmar; even better than the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Bagan Temple.
One of Myanmar's'Grand Four' travel destination, Inle lake, is already ailing. Among other things, the building of a hotel on its shores has exhausted the water so that it is now half as big as it used to be. Surrounding an area of shores around the Inle Sea, on Kalaw's beloved trek trail, kids can now request gifts in a fistful of different tongues and see their contemporaries in shining Bagan realize that they can make more than they ever had by leaving college and sell "hand-drawn" cards to visitors.
Fortunately, diligent and enterprising natives are quickly establishing a sustained ecosystem of goods and value-added chain to create a vibrant tourist industry. The small group that provides travelers on Myanmar's biggest Indawgyi Sea with kayak and spyglass is called'Lovers of the Lake' ('In Chit Thu') and works to protect Indawgyi together with its tourist care group.
Kuthodaw Bagan offers a cooking course for travelers combined with a native children's book and the Nyaung Shwe Horse Club attracts travelers from the renowned route between Inle Lake and Kalaw. Essentially, Myanmar offers a new interpretation of "luxury travel" as humans begin to look for genuine interactions rather than cultivated scenery.
Traveling in small groups is not only less obtrusive for the place and the visitors, but also a more private undertaking for the travellers. The purchase of genuine indigenous foods and crafts not only helps the indigenous economy and culture but also provides new and thrilling outings.
Not only does it help nations like Myanmar to find better places to go, it also makes it easier to find better places to be. Panoptical approximation to travelling, to travelling in the countryside, is a luxury approximation, a shop. Burma cannot be summarized with one name (or two) or with trilling, poetical symbols, but with thousand of small interaction, smile and, yes - now and then - also with "ringing bells".
Click here for more information about the trip to Myanmar. Peasant and Ox and four kids and bike by Harry Carr-Ellison.