Burmese @ Bagan

Bagan is a rural tourist town, so the local folks live in different lifestyle than the Burmese in city like Yangon.

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Bagan situates in the dry region of Myanmar, so tourism becomes the main economy as crops could hardly grow.

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visitors could meet some locals whose full time job is to pose for photo.

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Tourism is expected to boom in 2013 when Myanmar is hosting 2013 ASEAN Games in the new capital Naypyidaw.

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The government just relaxing the regulations for locals to certified as tour guides.

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Soon, more tourists could be guided by locals with thanaka powder on face or red teeth chewing betel nuts.

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If you stay in New Bagan, you could meet more locals in their residential homes. Nyaung-U has more backpackers while Old Bagan hosts the high end resorts.

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The country is gradually opening up its door to the foreign visitors. Tourism incomes could be one of the good source of income (for the authority) and the common people.

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We will visit Myanmar again and see the progress in the next few years.

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Myanmar is a beautiful country with many peace-loving folks.

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