Other than John Rambo?
Wife and I in the process of scheduling a trip to this newly opened country early next year.
Other than John Rambo?
I probably wouldn't call it Burma to anyone in a military uniform.
Knew a patient at my hospital just got back. Hospitalized from a infected bug bite.
Doesn't sound like a bucket of fun. Taiwan was humid/sweaty enough on it's own and the joy that is squat toilets.
My wife and I thought about North Korea but neither of us care to see the country. Not like there is much natural beauty you can see...
The main difference between NK and Burma is you can't become a white poet warlord in NK
On the one hand, people travelling to some of these off the beaten path destinations are doing it just for the bragging rights. On the other hand, there's a lot of places that I wish I'd been to before they turned in to mainstream destinations that have lost all authenticity and been overrun by fucking Australians, like Thailand.
But be honest Tarrant, how often have you even left the continental US? Do you have a current passport?
Myanmar (Burma) was on my list this year, but I didnt go because I was also wrapping in Vietnam and Cambodia in the same trip. I waited too long to process my Vietnam visa, so I scrapped the whole thing and went hiking in New Zealand instead. It will most likely be a trip I take next spring.
I don't get why people are so afraid to get off the beaten track. As someone who has traveled (on vacation) to over 25 countries, my best experiences have been to places like this. Bhutan was probably one of my favorites. Terrifying landing deep in the himilayas into Paro (youtube a video of the landing), but then a week of amazing trekking and touring a land that time has seemingly forgotten. Television was only introduced for the first time about 15 years ago! It is an incredible experience.
Re bug infection: That can happen anywhere. Always get your immunizations before you go and you really do not have a whole lot to worry about. I have never had anything more than "Delhi belly" in Nepal, but it is pretty normal.
*edit* OP: If you really are interested in Burma, I have a Danish friend who has his own travel company out of London. Last year he added Myanmar to his tours and I know he has been there himself for first hand experience. I can put you in contact if you like.
Last edited by Jysin; 09-22-2014 at 03:18 PM.
Thanks for the offer though! Really wish more people would grow up and actually see the world to form their own opinion.
But then again I got the same lecture when I went to Havana so to each their own.
Myanmar isn't even in the same league as NK in terms of risk, nor was it ever.
Yeah just head there and throw hard Dollars towards the junta regime, sounds like a plan.
Also consider to buy your fuel from the ISIS controlled oil fields and hoard enough rice from NK while you are on your boat trip.
OTOH i wish more peeps i know would go of the beaten path in Cambodia, that would tremndously help them with their land mines problem as well.
Since this is the wannabe hipster vacation thread, it's not about where you go but how off-beat your activities are when you get there.
Going to Burma and taking an Instagram selfie of yourself and some 6 year olds head on a stick behind you, then posting it on Facebook while spamming f5 hoping for /likes means you failed with your hipster aspirations.
Now if you go to Paris but instead of visitng the Eiffel Tower you kill a hooker then off yourself, you can pretty much hold that over anyone else's touristy trip.
Last edited by Pasteton; 10-01-2014 at 05:42 AM.
There are people who go to off the beaten path type places to be cool, and there are people who do it to get a more genuine experience. Once enough tourists go to a place, it fundamentally changes. You go to Bangkok, for example, and you have to work really damn hard to get a genuine experience. And even if you do that work, Thais see you and think "tourist" and treat you like the average tourist, aka like a douchebag. In places with few tourists, most people have no preconception of who you are. You aren't big white guy who wants young Asian whores, or white drunkard, or disrespectful white guy, or "walking ATM whose money can be mine if I con him well."
My best experiences traveling were in cambodia, taking a motorbike through inland Vietnam, and Laos. My worst experiences were tourist spots in Vietnam, and my most superficial experiences were all of Thailand (minus the beauty of the land), tourist spots in Vietnam, and the one tourist hotspot in each of Laos and Cambodia. The correlation between meaningful/genuine experience and how many tourists typically go to those places is not a coincidence.
Once enough white people go somewhere, whatever the place originally was is gone.
Last edited by Vinen; 10-02-2014 at 03:01 PM.
Been there. Went over the Thai border. Place is a shithole. They *take your passports* at the border. If you aren't back on time they close and you cannot leave. Town was a shithole full of beggars and sketchy as fuck taxi drivers that want to drive you to very unofficial looking tours to places in the middle of nowhere.
Only upside is there was a huge market with fake ... everything. The ex-wife and sister stocked up on $3 Gucci purses and glasses. But you can get fakes in far safer areas.
I can't stress how different the vibe is between Thailand and Burma. I would never visit there again.
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