In this fabled country, still mostly unknown by outsiders, foreigners aren't allowed everywhere, but there's still extraordinary history & nature on display in capital Rangoon (aka Yangon) & areas like Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, & various beaches.

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Started by Shwe Ei Feb 5, 2010.

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Comment by nanda on October 10, 2012 at 10:33pm

Myanmar is one of the treasure hiding in Asia. Myanmar is the best place to visit in SEA. Just come to visit Myanmar and you will have wonderful time  here.I can teach you much about Myanmar culture. You can do things the hard way and Learn slowly, on your own or learn as much in one trip as you would in ten trip by yourself. You can check the pictures Myanmar all tourist destination as following the links

Hope you appreciate it!

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Comment by Flashpacking on July 27, 2012 at 10:03am

Hey, not sure invitations are required any more. Check out how we got a visa for Myanmar. Also Yangon used to be the capital but isn't anymore, the government have created a new capital city which many aren't pleased about. We didn't particularly like Yangon, but loved Myanmar.

Comment by Sandra & John Scott on July 27, 2012 at 9:58am

How can we get an invitation to visit the capital of Myanmar?

Comment by Flashpacking on July 25, 2012 at 11:43am

Just spent nearly 3 weeks travelling around Myanmar (Burma) as part of an around the world trip. Initially on arrival in Yangon I was underwhelmed. However, the longer I spent touring different places and interacting with people the warmer my heart became. I can now say I would not have missed this journey to Myanmar for the world. You can see some of my travel photographs at 

Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 23, 2010 at 11:37am
I read this morning that high-end tourism is up in India, and now I see it's up 37% in Myanmar. Of course, it's up from a tiny base, but still....This is another of those situations that make me wonder, Is increased tourism likely to enrich the ruling party, or will it give the people new ideas that could be detrimental to the rulers?
Comment by Rick Green on March 25, 2010 at 12:40am
Thank you for the recipe, Ei. I will cook it tomorrow and serve it with some rice and stir-fried vegetables.
Comment by Shwe Ei on March 25, 2010 at 12:13am
Here one recipe!

Chicken Wing Curry
(This is not Myanmar traditional cooking way, its only easy way to cook, but the taste isn't so different)

1. Mix altogether turmeric ground, sugar & salt with chicken (let stand it 10 min)
2. chop onion & garlic + ginger (ginger - 1/2 tea spoon –chopped)
onion should be double than garlic ( one big onion & 3 garlic clove)
3. make warm the pan/pot
4. add 2 spoon of oil and make oil hot a little bit.
5. add a bay leaf, chopped onion, garlic and ginger.
6. add paprika or chili powder
7. add a little cinnamon powder/stick
8. add chicken. Stir-fry for 30 seconds
9. add some a cup water and cover the pan/pot
10. when water nearly run out, stir the mixture thoroughly
11. make it tasty with salt (if need)
Comment by Shwe Ei on March 24, 2010 at 11:41pm
I studied and worked in Tourism Industry as soon as I finished high school. I love travel a lot. When I prepare a travel arrangement, I put all my heart and also thinking what if I am travel myself. I want the best value from my trip, so I should get the same for my clients and friends.

But economic situation was not allow me to work in Myanmar Tourism. Prior to raising my family, I had to leave for another country. Now I am thinking back to Myanmar and to serve for my country.

This time every single grain is my hope.
I am really do hope a better tourism situation for Myanmar.
Comment by Rick Green on March 13, 2010 at 4:55pm
If there is little to no people-to-people contact between locals and foreigners, how are Burmese to know about the outside? Learn about other cultures and what other people think of them? Realize that what their government is telling them is false? Do we not then give the regime total control over the information disseminated to its citizens, making it easier to keep the people under their thumb?

If there were a complete boycott of travel to Burma, I would venture that it wouldn't place the junta in serious jeopardy. They have no trouble making a lot more money by selling the country's natural resources, which is where the main impact lies. When speaking of sanctions, however, people should be aware that this isn't a clean way of forcing political change. While we don't have to invade, the consequences can be harsh and are borne mostly by the everyday people. Consider the sanctions applied against Iraq after Saddam Hussein was expelled from Kuwait. Hundreds of thousands of children died as a result and Iraq was invaded anyway.

I agree with Shwe that people should go and make every attempt to meet and befriend the local people.

BTW, Shwe, I've had Burmese food in San Francisco and loved it. I would be delighted if you would share some recipes with us.
Comment by Karin Leperi on March 13, 2010 at 3:42pm
One of the many rules of diplomacy is to have an open line of communication. By severing ties, we do just the opposite. According to some very dear friends of mine from Burma, many local people have been financially devastated by the drying up of tourism.

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