Destination Golf - August 2017 * - Page 37

Exploring the cultural wonders of Myanamar more international standard courses, new renovation on our domestic airports such as Heho, Inle Region, Kawthaung, the southern capital of Myanmar as well as in Mawlamyaing, the last international Port before Myanmar’s independence from British.” “The ministry is working not only for Golf Tourism, but to promote Myanmar as last frontier destination in Tourism. We have lots to offer from the white water rafting in the northern Myanmar, cultural and historical tours towards beaches, islands, diving/ sailing, trekking to the land of Himalaya peaks etc.” “Bagan is our classic destination with thousands of pagodas, Mandalay, the last kingdom of Burma is a must see stop, Lake Inle populated by groups of ethnic Tribes and is a natural lake over 900 Meters above sea level, and of course the beautiful beaches are second to none. We are constantly developing more products throughout the country.” It has been a short three years of regular traveling to Myanmar and I am astonished at the pace of growth. When I first arrived a brief email took about 40 minutes to download, today my wifi speed at the Novatel in Yangon was significantly faster than my connection in downtown Bangkok and with the purchase of a cheap SIM Card I had 3G or 4G even in most remote areas. Myanmar will always have its magical charms for me as does Cambodia, Vietnam and so many others with those places, it feels like I took a nap one day to wake and discover they were suddenly, culturally transported, decades forward. This time I am making a concentrated effort to mindfully dedicate to memory each personally touching moment and experience while the endearing innocence still exists ahead of the wave of modernity to come.” As Mark Seigel says, “…Now is the time and Myanmar is the place” Volume 3 • Issue 40 37