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Why Visit Burma now? – I can think of a few reasons.

Whether you still call it Burma, or it’s now, not so new name, Myanmar, as it is officially known, one thing is for sure, this is a country you should be heading to quick time.  Why visit Burma now? There’s no rush, right? Well yes, there kind of is.

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‘U Bein Bridge, Mandalay’ by Staffan Scherz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

So, why visit Burma? All this..

And this

Basically, Burma isn’t somewhere that has been easily accessible for many years, in fact, tourism was a big no-no. In recent years this has all changed, and although it’s not currently at the same level as places around it, such as Thailand, it is possible to head to beach resorts and cities to explore the stunning nature, culture, and wildlife that make up the jaw-dropping country as it is now. It’s illegal to camp, and you must stay in a licensed hotel, of which there aren’t that many, but if you manage to base yourself somewhere central then you’re certainly good to go.

I say you need to go now, or at least very soon because the fact is that as soon as somewhere opens up to tourism, everyone gets on the bandwagon. We mentioned Thailand a little earlier; once upon a time this used to be somewhere only backpackers and the intrepid went to, but nowadays everyone and their auntie is heading off for a Full Moon party or trekking through the jungle on the back of an elephant. Burma isn’t mainstream yet, and that’s what makes up so much of its charm.

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Sunrise view from Golden Mountain

Mysterious, misty mountains stand, imposing against lush, green landscapes, almost like something from another world. Remember the Jurassic Park film, the Lost World? Do you remember how it looked so eerie and prehistoric, well to me that’s how Burma looks. There is something so stunningly natural and unspoiled about it that it must be retained for as long as possible – of course, it won’t be, because tourism will take over because tourism means money, and economies love money.

As it stands at the current time, Burma has retained a lot of the old Orient, something you won’t find anywhere else, because even China has lost a lot of this with the influx of visitors from all over the world. On top of this, traditions and cultures remain, and this is one of those places that you will feel you are really traveling in, not just visiting. Exploring somewhere as it is in its purest form is the best way to get a real feel.

I can compare this to where I am currently residing, in Turkey. Basically, I am in a country that is rich in culture and traditions, but I am living in a tourist resort, and many days I feel like I am back home in the UK. In Burma, this isn’t the case, because you are living the life of the locals when you head here, even to the few tourist resorts that are currently cropping up around the country.

So, if you want to visit somewhere authentic and real before everyone else cottons on to the trend, I suggest travelling to Burma, sooner, rather than later.

Bagan, Myanmar Images below by KX Studio is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Burma/Myanmar‘ by dany13 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Lemro River Pier
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Local women with spider web face tattoos
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Local transportation
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Mrauk U Princess Resort bungalow
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Some local children
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Andaw Thein Temple
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Village Piglet
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Lemro River Boathouse
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Markets
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Your guess is as good as mine
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Boat of Mrauk U Princess Resort
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Little house on the island, Lemro River
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Golden Rock, Mount Kyaikhtiyo
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Traditional transportation
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Traditional house near Laymyo River
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Mrauk U Princess Resort bungalow
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Farmer heading to fields for the day

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