Jump to content

Welcome to Mingalapar Forum
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

Myanmar: Asia's Last Natural Frontier

- - - - - Frontier Natural

  • Please log in to reply
No replies to this topic



    VIP Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,278 posts
I have just returned from a two week business trip to Asia where I visited China, Singapore and Malaysia. One of the things that struck me most on this trip was the degree to which Asia has leapt into the 21st century over the nearly 50 years since my first visit to the continent in 1970.
Once primitive transportation hubs, pothole-rutted roads, and quaint local guest houses have all given way to glistening state-of-the-art airports, vast ground transport and communications networks, gleaming skyscrapers, cosmopolitan hotels and fashionable shops in almost every major Asian city. Today’s travelers have to look long and hard for vestiges of the continent’s true local history and culture because of urban modernization and the overbuilding of destination resorts targeted to travelers in search of a tropical paradise.
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many of Asia’s premier destinations in the 80’s and 90’s when it was still relatively easy to discern and experience the soul of the destination. One country that I visited on several occasions in the early 90’s was Myanmar, which at the time had just changed its name from Burma, as it was known since it became a unified state in 1057. If experiencing Southeast Asia as it once was is on your future travel agenda, then, I can confidently recommend Myanmar as perhaps Asia’s last natural frontier.
Called the “Golden Land” because of its thousands of gilded pagodas, Myanmar today is similar to what Thailand was like 25 or more years ago. But things are quickly changing. Just five years ago (when a military junta turned power over to a civilian government), less than one million tourists visited the country. By last year that number had escalated to nearly five million. It’s just a matter of time before this once untouched country will be mainstream.

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Frontier, Natural

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users