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.

travel myanmar

travel myanmar

travel myanmar

travel myanmar

History

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.

 

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