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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