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Ancient stories of Myanmar

Updated: Jan 26, 2019

Most people would never come up with the idea to visit countries like Myanmar. Although this is a fairly big country in Southeast Asia, it's direct neighbor Thailand is far more popular among common travelers. And this is the point. It's all about marketing, advertisements, media influence. So let me take the opportunity to introduce you this colorful country as I have seen it.

Aboriginal farmer in Bagan

Officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and also known as Burma, is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city and former capital is Yangon. Since 1992, the government has encouraged tourism in the country; however, fewer than 270,000 tourists entered the country in 2006. The most common way to enter the country is by air. By any other means getting into Myanmar is quite problematic. According to Lonely Planet: "No bus or train service connects Myanmar with another country, nor can you travel by car or motorcycle across the border – you must walk across." They further state that "It is not possible for foreigners to go to/from Myanmar by sea or river."

Taking a walk in the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

To be continued... :)

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