01.A02. Space & Place
Myanmar, the former colony of Britain previously known as Burma, is slowly opening up to the world. For decades the populous nation has largely been removed from global affairs by a strict military junta. The enigmatic leaders prefer a regimented, tightly controlled society. Things we take for granted, such as the internet and freedom of speech are regulated and, under the xenophobic regime, tourism was almost non-existent. Gradually though, the junta has been forced to relax their laws and restrictions as an increasingly aware civilian movement gathers momentum. Tourism in Myanmar, though still limited, is on the rise, allowing a growing number of visitors to see the natural and cultural beauty of the country and mix with the peaceful, incredibly hospitable people.