Jan 29th 2010 4:28PM why the heck doesn't this stuff happen when i ride the 6 train?!
Nov 23rd 2009 10:00PM That is wonderful news! It's great to hear the corruption aspects may have changed for the better in the wake of Nargis. Definitely better read than Burmese Days because it document's the country's modern predicaments and dilemmas.
Nov 23rd 2009 9:40PM I completely agree. Myanmar is a beautiful and amazing country. I can't wait to go back. I was surprised Bago wasn't on the list of destinations. Remember, because of the economic sanctions placed on Myanmar, the official US currency exchange is ridiculously low. Basically fractions of a penny on the dollar vs. the kyat. When I was there, money was often exchanged at the best rate in the various Yangon marketplaces (which is considered on the black market). This is a necessity because there were not ATMs to take my American bank card. It may be different now, particularly with the infiltration of the Euro.
Also, you should definitely note of corruption. Maybe you'll get lucky and not experience it. Some do, some don't. The police and military officials around Burma are notoriously corrupt. I was in a taxi cab once at night with my friend and an MP stopped the cab, demanding a 20 dollar US "Toll" to cross a bridge. It wasn't a toll... It was a bribe (more or less).
Bagan is inspiring, but it will not be devoid of tourists. There will be plenty there from Australia and Europe, though not nearly as many as Siem Reap. Be sure to check out the sunrise and sunsets from the temples (pretty popular thing to do)... It's incredible. Bago, roughly an hour outside Yangon, is great too.
Also, Emma Larkin's book Finding George Orwell In A Burmese Tea Shop is a wonderful read for anyone interested in the subject.
Nov 13th 2009 5:12PM jeez kids, the cheap shot bickering in the comment section sounds like a middle school playground. maybe you two should work it out before 5th-period study hall next time.
every single one of these covers scares me... and I was born in the 80s.
Nov 6th 2009 8:27PM Ah, the glory days when the playboy brand was synonymous with lifestyle, intellect, and class, not tramp-stamps on the backs of girls who choose to drink at Chili's on a Friday night.
Oct 30th 2009 11:18AM I can agree with hagerstown. I use to live near there... That area is an ugly, ugly cesspool
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