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wisconsin_fan81
post May 4 2009, 09:35 PM
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I would really love to go Burma, but after watching the news footage and reading a lengthy article about a lot of the state-run businesses, it seems one would have to pretty careful. what are some tips to supporting the local economy and the people directly? where to stay, eat, and such? I would love to be an aid worker there, but could not find a lot from our end. I understand their government is not very fond of Americans...short of Suu Kyi that is.


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post May 5 2009, 11:07 AM
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What's the article you read? I don't know much about the state-run business you're talking about.


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post May 5 2009, 03:15 PM
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My general rule for supporting the local gastronomical economy (as long as its safe) is simple. Wherever the tourists are go at least 3 blocks in any direction and follow the locals.


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post May 5 2009, 03:20 PM
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The article was from a couple years ago...I want to say it was in Conde Nast Traveler. It said that some of the larger hotels are owned by the state or by people in association with their military gov't.


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post May 6 2009, 03:18 AM
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QUOTE(laorfamily @ May 6 2009, 03:15 AM) *

My general rule for supporting the local gastronomical economy (as long as its safe) is simple. Wherever the tourists are go at least 3 blocks in any direction and follow the locals.
I second that general rule, wouldn't do it any other way.. yes.gif


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post May 6 2009, 02:33 PM
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QUOTE(ScottWoz @ May 6 2009, 04:18 AM) *

QUOTE(laorfamily @ May 6 2009, 03:15 AM) *

My general rule for supporting the local gastronomical economy (as long as its safe) is simple. Wherever the tourists are go at least 3 blocks in any direction and follow the locals.
I second that general rule, wouldn't do it any other way.. yes.gif

I third that. If you want to support locals it's not difficult to identify which are the places you'll want to eat and stay at. Local businesses are not 'big business'. They are small, family run places that will appreciate your support.

Burma is a beautiful country and the Burmese are lovely people. I think you'd really enjoy yourself. There are many people who won't visit b/c of gov't ways but there are always ways to support local communities. I think you'll find once you're there that that's the case.


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post May 7 2009, 08:38 PM
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Excellent. Thanks for the advice! I may make Burma my introduction to Asia then.


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post May 8 2009, 08:16 AM
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QUOTE(wisconsin_fan81 @ May 7 2009, 09:38 PM) *

Excellent. Thanks for the advice! I may make Burma my introduction to Asia then.

That would be an awesome way to go! Most people skip Burma, instead hitting Laos, VN, Thailand, Cambodia.... I think Burma is one place that still offers the greatest cultural experience in SEA.

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I would love to be an aid worker there, but could not find a lot from our end.


I've done some volunteer work around SEA, mostly with wildlife though. Do you have some ideas or organizations in mind? Still hoping to do some aid work? Maybe there's something through the Red Cross?


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I last looked when they had the cyclones there last spring. The American Red Cross sent a lot of aid over, along with the U.S. Government, and their "government" held us at the border for quite some time.


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post Nov 2 2009, 09:47 AM
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Here the very news is Burma GOVT eagerly want to get favor from US,so they try to close to GOVT of US,and they will do some good hunting to US,
so here tourism is really directly to common people.all depend on travelers come and visit and some part is own by GOVT related,if you visit to Burma there guide and hotel and srevices and transport all will welcome to you.including me.
so do not hesitate to visit and chose Burma for your travel.
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