ONE of the world’s most mysterious destinations has finally opened doors to tourists, and they’ve responded in record numbers.
According to Burma’s tourism authority, there were 816,000 international arrivals in the last year – an increase of 30 per cent on figures from 2011. In the last nine months of 2012, international arrivals doubled.
Flight Centre has listed Burma as one of its top 10 countries to visit in 2013. A spokesperson said demand for tours to Burma has been overwhelming.
But you better get in quick. This unspoilt land will only stay secret for so long.
Burma, or Myanmar, remains one of the world’s most mysterious and untouched destinations. The country is now on people’s travel radars as a holiday destination, following the encouraging actions of President Thein Sein, who has put the country on the path to democracy.
Luxury hotels have started to pop up and remote areas are now accessible to travellers, however even the most populated Myanmar still feels authentic
It’s a beautiful and fascinating country, reminiscent of what much of South East Asia was like more than thirty years ago. The sense of excitement is palpable and the Burmese are overwhelmingly friendly and gracious. Sacred sites rarely visited by Westerners and incredible architecture makes this a magical destination
The two biggest highlights of Burma according to Mr Thornton are Bagan – Burma’s crowning glory, comprised of more than 2000 brick and gold-gilded stupas – timeworn remnants of Burma’s ‘golden period’ and Shwedagon Paya, a dazzling pagoda in Yangon.
The county offers a mixed and colourful culture, with up to 135 different ethnicities. It’s location between India, China and Thailand makes it the perfect an add-on for those wanting to explore all of Indochina.
SIA Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah said demand has been growing strongly for both business and leisure travel to Burma.
Smart traveller, the government’s travel advice website still says tourists should exercise a high degree of caution when travelling in Burma.
So is Burma on your 2013 travel radar? Maybe you should plan a trip before it gets too crowded.
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“Travel to Burma and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddha’s in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you. A visit to Burma is to experience the South-East Asia of twenty years ago, full of rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told. Come and discover a little bit of Burma magic with us.”