Southeast Asia continues to enthrall and delight. Very few areas of the world offer such a profound sense of peace; most return from their visits stirred by the beauty of the landscape and the generosity of their hosts. Our most recent trip included a visit to Burma, which has languished under a military dictatorship for 40 years, and as a result, received just 200,000 visitors last year. The country is safe for foreigners, but there is no outside cell reception, local airlines are prone to delay, and credit cards and ATMs are nonexistent. Sadly, the money the regime gains from tourism is a small percentage of the revenue it earns from Burma’s vast natural resources, so the potential for leverage is minimal. However, the Burmese people themselves welcome the opportunity to share their exceptionally beautiful and culturally fascinating country.

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