Myanmar? Burma? Where? What? With little doubt the name(s) evoke some sort wonder and mystery in your mind. That was my reaction after I spun my globe back in 2006 wondering where I might wander next and stopped on Burma. There were some travel guides available but they would never begin to explain the amazing journey that you are going to find there.
And now the Top Five Reasons to Travel to Myanmar….all good reasons but I saved the best for last.
1. It’s still a “road not taken”…with the closed-door policy of the military junta in place, Myanmar is not on the radar or bucket list of many travelers. In my opinion, it is the premier country to observe rich, untouched culture in Southeast Asia .
2. You can feel good about traveling there now. The military junta is gone and the people are gaining rights. Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer under house arrest and has retracted her request that tourists avoid travel to Myanmar. (“Please use your liberty to promote ours”- Aung San Suu Kyi)
3. Incredible cultural diversity! BUT, as ironic as it seems this diversity will diminish as open policies allow for westernization. Get there before Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Carl’s Jr.! No kidding.
4. Buddhism and temples. There is nowhere in Southeast Asia that even compares in the sheer numbers of temples and archeological sites than Myanmar (though Ankor Wat in Cambodia has bragging rights). Monks garnished their red robes mark every turn.
5. It’s cool. Admittedly it is. Other than Cuba there are very few places on earth you CANNOT buy a COKE and bag of Doritos or whatever name brand product you might want when you want it while you are there (EDIT 11/26/2012- I recently read that Coca Cola is now sold in Myanmar). It’s not the West. It’s traditional. It has been sheltered from any influences aside from China. Now is the opportunity for a once in a lifetime trip that is at the apex of travel experiences.
Have you already been traveled to Myanmar? If so, tell us your story.
If not, are you interested?
I will be posting here in the coming months about my tour in Burma. Stay tuned for more!
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Safe travels always!!