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A Private Tourism Site in Myanmar Aims to Fill a Governmental Void

Excerpt from New York Times

Sep 03, 2013 8:41 am

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Allender’s site may be less positive than the official one, but in an age when travelers expect an abundance of information, something is better than nothing.

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Myanmar's castles, like this one in Yagon, are one of the nation's major tourist attractions. eGuide Travel / Flickr


Travel in Myanmar is changing so rapidly, even the country’s own tourism Web site – which displays outdated entry fees to Bagan’s temples — can’t keep up, a lapse the new site Go-Myanmar.com aims to address.

Founded by 34-year-old London expat Marcus Allender, based in Yagon, the new travel site provides overviews of tourist-friendly areas of the country as well as transportation advice, suggested itineraries for independent travelers and useful travel tips on everything from visas to SIM cards….

The site doesn’t gloss over the difficulties of travel in Myanmar, including frequent blackouts, lack of infrastructure and unreliable Internet service.

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