Comments on: Visiting Burma: How To Do It Responsibly http://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/ travel wide, live deep Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:01:06 +0000 hourly 1 By: Alastairhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-366813 Sat, 25 Feb 2012 18:40:21 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-366813 I have read some great things here. Worth bookmarking for returning to. I wonder just how much hard work you place to make this sort of amazing helpful internet site.

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By: Sutapa Chattopadhyayhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-244916 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:28:13 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-244916 Audrey, thanks a lot for the thoughtful (and informative) reply!

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-244760 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:55:51 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-244760 @Sutapa: We felt very safe during our visit to Burma and every traveler we have met who has spent time in the country has said the same. The government doesn’t want to be known for jailing travelers – unless you swim across to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, you should really have no problem. Now, what you do need to be aware of as a traveler is that local people can be at risk of arrest. This means never initiating political or controversial topics – if a local person feels safe (i.e., knows there are no secret police around), then he/she will speak openly. People would tell us, “Burma is a rich country in resources; it doesn’t have to be a poor country. But the government controls everything now.” There was also quite a bit of frustration with selling food and natural resources to China for low prices, which in turn pushed up the local price because of reduced local supply.

We did meet a few Buddhist monks during our trip, but this was mostly at temples where they gave us information about the temple. What many people don’t realize is that the initial cause for the demonstrations was the increase in diesel prices – they began as economic demonstrations and then turned into more political/human rights demonstrations.

A good novel (but is grounded in historical events) about Burma over the 20th century is The Glass Palace. If you are back in Asia, definitely consider visiting Burma. It’s a fascinating place with incredibly warm people.

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By: Sutapa Chattopadhyayhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-244455 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:37:04 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-244455 The reason I ask about Buddhist monks is, they were at the forefront in the recent revolt against the Govt.

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By: Sutapa Chattopadhyayhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-244441 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:15:03 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-244441 I commend you guys for travelling to Burma. I would be a little concerned, but then I suppose the Myanmar government has more to lose by mistreating tourists given how bad their rep is anyway, so they should let citizens of the world alone. Did you guys meet any buddhist monks? Just curious…I know so little about Burma (even though I am from the Indian subcontinent and travel to Burma before 1947 was pretty normal).

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-219661 Mon, 04 Jul 2011 11:38:32 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-219661 @Chris: Reena has been in touch with us. I think an excerpt of this very article might be appearing on your site sometime soon.

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By: Chrishttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-219165 Sun, 03 Jul 2011 07:07:04 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-219165 Hi, you might also be interested in a new non-profit project that uses storytelling for raising awareness about responsible travel to Burma. Thanks!

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By: Maybe visit Burma. Definitely take a stance. | Featured | burmablog.nethttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-194147 Wed, 25 May 2011 15:19:59 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-194147 […] pagodas and beyond the borders to the tourist no-go areas.If travelers go they by all means should do it responsibly. I am not at the point where I would urge anyone to go and explore Burma. I am too scared of […]

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-153911 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:22:51 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-153911 @Tania: I’m glad to hear that you had a great time in Burma. The country is a gem, so are its people — particularly given the unnecessary difficulties they face. Continue spreading the word, because in the word of one of the Burmese people we met: “Tourism in Burma…it’s the people’s business.”

And I believe the Myanmar visa upon arrival at the airport in Yangon is long since gone. Even when we traveled, it was necessary to apply for a visa to Myanmar at the embassy in Bangkok.

In any event, well worth the effort to visit the people of Burma.

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By: Tania Nesserhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/visiting-burma-how-to-do-it-responsibly/#comment-148828 Sat, 05 Mar 2011 03:05:36 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=953#comment-148828 Burma has been one of my traveling gems. I joke and tell people I went because of a picture I saw of Ubein Bridge during sunset that a German backpacker took. I completely changed the course of my travels to go there after he basically told me everything you wrote in this post. I have since spread the word why I believe it is more important to go vs. avoiding.

I was one of the first travelers to receive a visa on arrival at the Yangon airport, but a Google search has led me to believe the service has been suspended.

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