We would like to apologize for the lack of post last week.
This week, in our latest “Weekly EcoBurma Round-up”:
The tourism boom in Burma and unconventional tips on responsible travel are back in the limelight.
Let’s begin with the latest news on Burma’s flourishing tourism trade.
The country is opening up to the outside world and tourism has been growing: the number of travelers is up 37%, and the number of business travelers is up 60%, mostly from Thailand and Japan.
This growing travel demand (for both business and leisure) can explain why Singapore Airlines “will add Yangon to its route from late October” with 16 flights per week.
Seagoing tourism has not been left behind: In addition to offering tourists a cruise to Mandalay, Orient Express Hotels Ltd., “that runs a famed luxury rail service between Singapore and Bangkok, is planning to add a cruise up Burma’s Irrawaddy River to its five star tourism services”.
Mr. Rosa, global sales and marketing director for trains and cruises, didn’t indicate how much a ticket might cost. Prices will surely be quite high but according to him,”our passengers will have a chance to experience five-star comforts in an area which is usually considered inaccessible due to lack of proper infrastructure”.
However, if you want to travel responsibly in Burma, you should also consider how the people of Burma can benefit from the revenue of such a luxurious river cruise.
“Visiting Myanmar feels like opening a door into a charming world where time has been standing still […]. You will be welcomed into the country by people who are proud of a culture they are keen to share with you, who are equally curious about your lifestyle and country”.
This traveler shares, with great genuineness and her own experience, 15 tips for responsible travel to Myanmar, in order “to remember that tourism has the ability to both enhance and destroy a culture”.
With great photos, her advice is quite unusual: she describes how to enjoy the amazing landscapes and Burmese culture to its fullest, and why it is essential to have your eyes wide open to all that goes on in Burma, to be ready to immerse yourself in local culture and share with the local people.
Create your own experience, “don’t be afraid to turn left when everyone else is turning right”, let yourself be carried away by your curiosity and Myanmar’s beauty, “don’t become that tourist who complains”, learn how to say min-ga-laba (hello) and jeh-za-beh (thank you – more accurately jeh-zoo-beh or jeh-zoo-tin-bah-deh – editor’s note), “bring your camera”, “don’t be afraid of street food”, “bring enough money”, … etc.
Enjoy this article and tell us what you think!
We come to an end of this article with a gorgeous picture of the White Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun and some advice on how to visit this stunning temple in Burma.
See you next week!