In this fabled country, still mostly unknown by outsiders, foreigners aren't allowed everywhere, but there's still extraordinary history & nature on display in capital Rangoon (aka Yangon) & areas like Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, & various beaches.

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Burmese junta aims to reopen country to tourism in 2022 - but who will go?

An interesting piece from CNN: "Visiting Myanmar, which has previously spent decades under military rule, has always presented dilemmas for travelers weighing up whether their trip will support what has in the past been labeled an oppressive regime, or will help locals who need outside lifelines. The question is now, with Covid still an issue across the region and the wider world of travel, plus the turmoil currently gripping the country, will anyone come?" Click here.          

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Exploring the new Rangoon

“I have a robe for you,’ a passing monk said to us near the mighty Shwedagon Pagoda, which gleams and beams across the city of Yangon. We had been wandering around the centre of town being dazzled by the temples, buildings, animal statues and Buddha images – cleaned to within an inch of their many karmic lives. Lift your eyes and golden spires swirl above you, lower your eyes and small, feet are padding across the tiled outdoor floors – small feet belonging to many maroon-robed monks. Anyway,…

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Finding the real Burma in its tea shops

by Shwe Ei  We Burmese have a penchant for tea to rival that of the British. But one difference is that perhaps even more than in the U.K., in Burma (Myanmar) tea shops are truly an important and integral part of daily life. More than in even other tea-drinking countries of Southeast Asia, the streets of most cities and towns here are filled with tea shops, and most are crowded with Burmese who will sit for hours, catching up with friends, doing business, and in general conducting life... keep…

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  • Myanmar is one of the treasure hiding in Asia. Myanmar is the best place to visit in SEA. Just come to visit Myanmar and you will have wonderful time  here.I can teach you much about Myanmar culture. You can do things the hard way and Learn slowly, on your own or learn as much in one trip as you would in ten trip by yourself. You can check the pictures Myanmar all tourist destination as following the links

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    Hope you appreciate it!

    For more information contact  dagontravel@gmail.com

  • Hey, not sure invitations are required any more. Check out how we got a visa for Myanmar. Also Yangon used to be the capital but isn't anymore, the government have created a new capital city which many aren't pleased about. We didn't particularly like Yangon, but loved Myanmar.

    Myanmar Visa in Bangkok and Some Travel Gadgets
  • How can we get an invitation to visit the capital of Myanmar?

  • Just spent nearly 3 weeks travelling around Myanmar (Burma) as part of an around the world trip. Initially on arrival in Yangon I was underwhelmed. However, the longer I spent touring different places and interacting with people the warmer my heart became. I can now say I would not have missed this journey to Myanmar for the world. You can see some of my travel photographs at http://flashpackatforty.com 

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  • I read this morning that high-end tourism is up in India, and now I see it's up 37% in Myanmar. Of course, it's up from a tiny base, but still....This is another of those situations that make me wonder, Is increased tourism likely to enrich the ruling party, or will it give the people new ideas that could be detrimental to the rulers?
  • Thank you for the recipe, Ei. I will cook it tomorrow and serve it with some rice and stir-fried vegetables.
  • Here one recipe!

    Chicken Wing Curry
    (This is not Myanmar traditional cooking way, its only easy way to cook, but the taste isn't so different)

    1. Mix altogether turmeric ground, sugar & salt with chicken (let stand it 10 min)
    2. chop onion & garlic + ginger (ginger - 1/2 tea spoon –chopped)
    onion should be double than garlic ( one big onion & 3 garlic clove)
    3. make warm the pan/pot
    4. add 2 spoon of oil and make oil hot a little bit.
    5. add a bay leaf, chopped onion, garlic and ginger.
    6. add paprika or chili powder
    7. add a little cinnamon powder/stick
    8. add chicken. Stir-fry for 30 seconds
    9. add some a cup water and cover the pan/pot
    10. when water nearly run out, stir the mixture thoroughly
    11. make it tasty with salt (if need)
    Finish!
  • I studied and worked in Tourism Industry as soon as I finished high school. I love travel a lot. When I prepare a travel arrangement, I put all my heart and also thinking what if I am travel myself. I want the best value from my trip, so I should get the same for my clients and friends.

    But economic situation was not allow me to work in Myanmar Tourism. Prior to raising my family, I had to leave for another country. Now I am thinking back to Myanmar and to serve for my country.

    This time every single grain is my hope.
    I am really do hope a better tourism situation for Myanmar.
  • If there is little to no people-to-people contact between locals and foreigners, how are Burmese to know about the outside? Learn about other cultures and what other people think of them? Realize that what their government is telling them is false? Do we not then give the regime total control over the information disseminated to its citizens, making it easier to keep the people under their thumb?

    If there were a complete boycott of travel to Burma, I would venture that it wouldn't place the junta in serious jeopardy. They have no trouble making a lot more money by selling the country's natural resources, which is where the main impact lies. When speaking of sanctions, however, people should be aware that this isn't a clean way of forcing political change. While we don't have to invade, the consequences can be harsh and are borne mostly by the everyday people. Consider the sanctions applied against Iraq after Saddam Hussein was expelled from Kuwait. Hundreds of thousands of children died as a result and Iraq was invaded anyway.

    I agree with Shwe that people should go and make every attempt to meet and befriend the local people.

    BTW, Shwe, I've had Burmese food in San Francisco and loved it. I would be delighted if you would share some recipes with us.
  • One of the many rules of diplomacy is to have an open line of communication. By severing ties, we do just the opposite. According to some very dear friends of mine from Burma, many local people have been financially devastated by the drying up of tourism.
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