Visiting Burma

Visiting Burma

“Visiting a country renowned for its cruel military dictatorship can be extremely daunting. However, with the latest changes in government and the introduced reforms, is this the right time to visit? Tim Mannakee spent some time in this beautiful country lately, here is what he has to say”

I’ve always wanted to travel to Burma but felt uncomfortable visiting a country renowned for its cruel military dictatorship. However, with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and several hundred political prisoners, coupled with the reforms introduced by the new government, I decided the time was right. My wife, who travelled to Burma previously in 1987, accompanied me on this Asian adventure, and we expected to see a country that had changed like the rest of south-east Asia. How wrong we were; it was like stepping back in time.

Travelling by road is pretty tough and our backpacking days are behind us, so we opted to fly between destinations. The itinerary included the capital Yangon, formerly called Rangoon, Inle Lake, Mandalay and…

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