Tailor-made Myanmar Tours
Famous jurist Louis D. Brandeis once wrote ‘sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants’ to root our corruption. And for nearly a decade, sunlight spread through the streets of Myanmar, casting off a half-century of darkness brought about by the 1947 assassination of Aung San, and subsequent 1962 coup by General Ne Win. But dusk has set upon the nation of Myanmar. Old prejudices and predilections for authority now threaten to extinguish the new-found democratic values that had spread like wildfire. But, after having ignored the nation since World War II, now is not the time for the international community to forget again. Now is the time to witness the sun rise over Shwedagon Pagoda to experience the faith of the Burmese. Now is the time to see the rising sun evaporate the morning mist, revealing a plain of religious wonders in Bagan. Now is the time to cruise the Irrawaddy River to realise this country still flows forward. We forgot Myanmar before. We forgot when Yangon (Rangoon) was the Pearl of the Orient, and Singaporeans studied the city as a benchmark for their own city-state. We forgot the Chin soldiers who fought, and died, for the Allies in World War II. We forgot that a country existed at the crossroads of India, China and Thailand. Let us not forget again because, if we do, the sun will once again set on the people of Myanmar.