My travel to Thailand allowed time for a day trip over the border to Myanmar (aka Burma, depending on who you ask). It was a lot different from Thailand. Things aren’t as good there compared to Thailand, which makes more money on tourism. It was still a great experience and I recommend checking it out if you have the chance. We only visited a border town so I didn’t get a great representation of the country. The people were very kind and the temples looked slightly different with more domes than towers.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, was long considered a pariah state while under the rule of an oppressive military junta from 1962 to 2011.
The generals who ran the country suppressed almost all dissent – symbolized by the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – and stood accused of gross human rights abuses, prompting international condemnation and sanctions.
A gradual liberalisation process has been under way since 2010. The country is expected to see a major shift after the government changed hands early in 2016.
The dominance of the largest ethnic group, the Burman or Bamar people, over the country’s many minorities has been fuelling a series of long-running rebellions, although a gradual peace process yielded a draft ceasefire deal in 2015.