Southeastern Myanmar stretches along the border with Thailand, and its mountains have long been a refuge for ethnic minority resistance groups; as a result, much of the region is off-limits to tourists. Kayin State, in particular, has seen a great deal of bloodshed since the country gained independence, although the Karen National Union (a political organization with an armed wing) signed a ceasefire with the government at the start of 2012. After more than sixty years of continuous struggle, it remains to be seen whether the peace will be lasting. A ceasefire has largely held in Mon State since 1995, while further south the Tanintharyi Region is essentially closed for overland travel.

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In Buddha's footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

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Buddhism has ancient roots in Myanmar, and its influence is all pervasive – arguably more so than in any other Southeast Asian country. Everywhere you go you …

28 Oct 2016 • David Abram insert_drive_file Article
12 photos that prove Myanmar (Burma) is most beautiful at sunset

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Sunset is one of our favourite times of the day – it's an excuse to sit back, drink in hand and take in the scenery, whether you're high above your favourite …

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9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

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In 2011, after 15 years of a tourism boycott to avoid aiding the oppressive military junta, Myanmar opened its doors to visitors. The country, now with a democr…

16 May 2016 • Helen Abramson insert_drive_file Article
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