Sanne van Oosten and Davey Meelker
Because of years of isolation and economic sanctions from the West, Myanmar is a distinctively unique travel destination. For years it was even impossible to travel there as a tourist, making it a country that hasn’t been run down by tourists… yet. At the end of April 2012, the West started to lift the economic sanctions for Myanmar. We visited right before that, during April 2012. Take a look at what we saw here, but nowhere else.
Sanne van Oosten
We are visiting Myanmar/Burma at a remarkable time. Indeed, preliminary elections have just been held, in which the National League for Democracy (NLD) won almost all of the available seats. But the time we are visiting is remarkable for another reason as well. It is the end of the year according to the Buddhist calendar, meaning the time for the yearly water festival tyngan has come. How is the outcome of the elections influencing the festivities surrounding the water festival?