Myanmar isn’t too bad as a tourist. It’s quite safe. I hear criminals get sent to do hard labor for pretty much anything done against a foreigner. That sure would keep me on the straight and narrow.
I won’t be too critical of what I see at the moment since the internet is heavily guarded here. Though we use proxies and the likes, I still like to be cautious.
The plan at the moment is to visit the main tourist spots. I’d also like to visit along the border with Thailand and to areas along the border with China in the northeastern Shan State and to the Irrawaddy Delta area. Those seem like really nice regions.
Things here aren’t all Rambo (the latest one set here), life is relaxed and things are simple. If people at home are worried for my safety, don’t be! I’m hanging out around Inlay Lake relaxing and enjoying the nature. It’s nice here. It’s in the highlands, so it’s cooler (and I don’t hear Elise complain about the heat all the time)(though to be fair, I hate the heat as much as her but I’m quieter about it) and the pollution isn’t as noticeable. The lake itself is nice. There are floating gardens, houses on stilts and water gypsies. It really makes you realize that you’re in a totally difference place.
I’m really disappointed that I can’t describe it as well as I’d like. It’s more of a feeling that the sights. Even just riding around on a single gear bike on dirt and crushed stone paths was amazing. People unsure whether to fear me to greet me (I’ve got a month long beard-ish thing going on, so I took “peculiar”). I followed a monk on a dirt path through the forest to find a little monastery. I took another path and ended up in front of what I’d describe as the cutest mountain I’ve ever seen. I’m still having a grand old time.
Oh, and those two regions I mentioned up there… A little joke. They’re the regions listed by the Canadian government as “avoid” regions. Don’t worry. I have no intention to go there.