Fears growing tourist numbers will spoil Myanmar

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Fears growing tourist numbers will spoil Myanmar

Post by KoKo » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:43 pm

For a long time Myanmar – also known as Burma – was closed to the outside world.

In 1996, the leader of the country’s pro-democracy movement Aung San Suu Kyi urged tourists to stay away, as their money would go straight into the hands of the country’s oppressive then-rulers.

“Visiting now is tantamount to condoning the regime,” said Suu Kyi. “Burma will be here for many years, so tell your friends to visit us later.”

By the end of 2015, “later” had arrived – Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory and ended almost five decades of military rule, sparking a revolution.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to see a place rapidly transform right before your eyes, jump on a plane to Yangon or Mandalay.

Full story: News.com.au

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