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Traveling in Burma

By , posted on: May 30, 2011
Countries governed by military dictatorships are not generally renowned as prime holiday destinations, and Burma is no exception. Unless you’re o­n a pre-organized package tour, there is nothing easy or relaxing about traveling through Burma. Take, for example, o­ne of the most basic transactions necessary o­n arrival in a new country: changing money into the local currency. As there is no internationally recognized banking system in Burma, credit cards, ATM cards and traveler’s cheques are largely useless. You must carry […] » read more

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Five days in Burma

By , posted on: February 26, 2012
As the plane descended into Rangoon’s international airport, I noticed a slight change in my heartbeat. I felt calm, but also excited, knowing that I was about to return to Burma for the first time in 24 years. Inside the airport, a young immigration officer smiled as I gave him my passport. He was quite chatty, asking me about The Irrawaddy – how we gather news from inside Burma, how we designed our website. With a smile that betrayed his betel-chewing […] » read more

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