Burma / Myanmar - a country with a unique culture and civilization, for many years isolated from the outside world. Now the situation is changing. After democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, was released from house arrest in 2010 and a civilian government installed in 2011, the country is opening up to the outside world. In 2012, the number of foreign tourists increased by an unprecedented 30 percent and this growth is expected to continue. Foreign travellers who have already visited Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, are now choosing Burma / Myanmar as their next destination. Wanting to experience Asia as it once was! And they are not getting disappointed. Exciting adventures await the foreign traveler almost everywhere: Culture, history, nature and people. A friendly and hospitable population who are all too happy to receive visitors to their country.
Poverty is evident but so are the human warmth and openness that one encounters. Tourism is an industry where money is spread across a large number of hands and therefore benefits many people. - The porter at your hotel, the local guide who shows you around, the young woman selling postcards and drinking water, the waiter in the restaurant, the souvenir seller - everyone gets their share of the money spent by tourists. And this money are not hidden under the mattress. They find their way into the local economy and helps create livelihood for even more people. That is how tourism helps fight poverty in the country.
People in Burma/Myanmar have a strong desire to see more tourists visit their country. Foreign tourists represent links to the rest of the world and helps break the isolation that the country has suffered from in the past fifty years.