Myanmar is a land dominated by Buddhism, family, and tradition all the while becoming modern, worldly, and tourist friendly. You may have heard horror stories about ethnic cleansing, warring factions, and rebel groups, but the truth is not any easier to spot during a visit. Most of the stories come from more remote areas of the country and Myanmar has a firm grip on where tourists can visit, quickly closing down state borders if the government deems it not safe for tourists.
In recent history, much of Myanmar was completely closed to western travelers but now, thankfully, many new areas are being opened and tourism is encouraged. A sort of “tourist trail” has been established and with the ever increasing number of visitors this trail is becoming much easier to access.
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