A girl from the Padaung minority,
one of the many ethnic groups
that make up Burma's population (wikipedia)
Asia's number one budget carrier and voted as "World's Best Low-Cost Airline" for two consecutive years by the prestigious aviation consultants Skytrax, AirAsia introduces daily flights to the gateway of one of Southeast Asia's largest and most diverse countries--Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar.
According to Lonely Planet:
"...the hub of economic activity, a hive of underground intellectual debate and the gateway for most international visitors. The stunning Shwedagon Paya is the centrepiece of the city, a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town. Closer to the waterfront, downtown Yangon is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best British colonial-era architecture in the region. Forget the cosmetic renovations in Singapore: this is the real deal. A walk along the Strand or Pansodan St is like strolling down Pall Mall, albeit without the paint job."
The stunning Shwedagon Paya, the centrepiece of the city
(photo lifted from wikipedia)
Hugging the international headlines of course is elected Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize awardee Aung San Suu Kyi who has been under house arrest by the military junta in the last 12 years. More of her story and the political situation of the country on this link. Vatican and the United Nations, among other international organizations, have been appealing for her freedom but to no avail.
(photo taken by Amy L. Beam
in Rome, Italy, May 29, 2009. lifted from wikipedia)
Myanmar was under British rule, (1886-1948) so many of its buildings are British colonial in designs.With my penchant for architecture, this will be a catch if I come to visit this country.
Old City Hall of Yangon (photo lifted from here)
So, where exactly in the world is Burma or Myanmar (the largest country in Indochina in terms of geographical area)?
Wait, which one is correct, Burma or Myanmar?
If you played hooky during the lecture of your Asian History teacher, aherm. Burma has been in use in English since the British colonial rule while Myanmar since 1989 when the military government started renaming many colonial-era names.
If you've made up your mind, whack here for the ticket www.airasia.com
See you on the road!