Nyaung Shwe



Chiang Mai

Kuala Lumpur
As a child, I saw a photo of the temples at Bagan rising out of the peach-colored mist at sunrise. I knew I had to go there. To go or not to go? While I had wanted to visit Burma since I was a child, it wasn’t until this year that I actually made it to Burma. I, like others, was concerned about the brutal junta, and did not want to do anything to support them. The first time I planned a trip to Burma was at a time when the country had recently opened to tourism. “Opened” is a misnomer really, as one could visit as part of a group tour for not more than 7 days. Thai Air had such a tour, leaving from Bangkok. While I dislike group tours, I wanted to go so badly and since it was the only way to get into the country, I decided to go. I had done my research with what was available (not much) and had talked extensively with a friend who had been there. We already had tickets to Bangkok. Just as I was about to book, ASSK asked that people boycott Burma. So I booked a trip elsewhere Posted in the Asia forum