So, another country has been ticked off the bucket list and that country is called Myanmar (previously called Burma). I was there not only as part of my mission to visit all the countries in South East Asia but there was something about the country that I found very alluring especially now that they have just opened their doors to the outside world.
Opening their doors – yes – but they still seem to struggle in giving their trust to outsiders. Visas are still required to enter the country which is now fast becoming a tourist magnate in the region. I must be very stupid when I drove right over to their embassy in KL to apply for the visa only to be choked with hordes of people who were there to renew their working permits.
Somebody in the crowd who was chewing betel (an early sign!) gave me a pamphlet showing the location of the tour company to which the application of all visas to Myanmar in Malaysia has been outsourced. With all the fusses of looking for a parking space around the embassy, I almost shouted in frustration when I found out that company was only a few LRT stations away from my office. Grrrr! (more…)