Myanmar’s leading tourism association opens with the greeting: ‘Let the journey begin’; an apt message not only for the increasing swells of people visiting the country’s shores each year, but indeed for the nation as a whole as it strives to bring its infrastructural development up to the same spellbinding standards as its natural beauty.
Situated in Southeast Asia on the borders of Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand, for the past few decades, Myanmar – or Burma as it is sometimes known – has remained one of the biggest hidden secrets in the world. Dictated by political, social and religious conflict, its intentional blockade to the rest of the planet left many questions unanswered.
However, since 2011 and a subsequent easing of tensions – although some aforementioned problems are still evident – the views that have greeted curious visitors and tourists have instantaneously made the country one of the most attractive destinations around the globe.
What exists now is a natural aesthetic appeal that trumps pretty much anything in its wake, and an economic, infrastructural development strategy that promises to catch up to the rest of the world at an increasingly rapid rate in the years to come.
14 states, 67 districts, 330 townships and more than 68,000 villages a balance is being formed, and thanks to the natural preservation of a landscape largely untouched by industrial evolution up to this point, business travellers can look forward to historical and natural perfection as well as more frequent economic opportunities as the development unfolds.
Myanmar’s chequered history set upon a simply spectacular landscape culminates in one of the world’s most fascinating locations, with its infrastructural evolution just getting started Writer: Matthew Staff