It takes some getting used to, but it really is possible. Traveling by scooter to the gorillas in Uganda, through the hectic Saigon in Vietnam, the desert in northern Kenya and past the volcanoes on the Big Hawaii Island...
Myanmar was known as Burma (sometimes also Burma) until a few years ago. Today the country is called Myanmar. But more has changed in this country than just the name. This poor country, where a large part of the population lives below the poverty line, used to be a closed country where you could not just enter. Bordered by Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh, Myanmar is well hidden in Southeast Asia. The reason that you as a tourist could not quickly take a look at this fascinating country was the dictatorship that ruled here. Since January 2011, the dictatorship has faded into the background and a new head of state has emerged.
The many cultures in Myanmar
The country has several interesting cities. The cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan are increasingly visited and are therefore pictures in themselves. The many cultures that walk around here make it a colorful lot. Indians, Nepalese, Chinese and of course Burmese live close together. There is still oppression, the local Muslim population is still not having an easy time. But there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Beautiful nature in Myanmar
You may not expect it, but Myanmar has beautiful nature reserves. River plains with dense vegetation, the abundance of forests and jungles and the tropical climate quickly form the background for a stunning journey. In the national parks you will discover various unique animal species such as the red panda and the snub-nosed monkey. You can relax on the lovely beaches. You will also find them in this mysterious land!