Although it remains in many aspects one of the most time-warped countries in Southeast Asia, there’s no disguising the breakneck pace of change in Myanmar.
In Yangon, the largest city, landmarks such as the shimmering gold Shwedagon pagoda are steadfast reminders of the nation’s rich Buddhist traditions, but elsewhere things are much more contemporary. Cafes and restaurants fill with expatriates and a growing Myanmar middle class, while smart new office blocks host multi-national companies.
This new spirit of openness is due, in large part, to pressure placed on the ruling military government by opposition activists such as Aung San Suu Kyi, otherwise known as “The Lady” and the subject of director Luc Besson’s 2012 movie of the same name. On this one-day journey guests can learn more about Burmese history visiting landmark sites that hark back to the country’s often-tumultuous past and signpost a (hopefully) brighter future.
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