Posted on 14 May, 2013

This post is by Fiona Hyde, Project Coordinator – Mandalay, Myanmar.

Democracy is Alive in Myanmar!

Open Heart International has been coming to Myanmar every year since 2002 and life never seemed to change much during this time. The country was very poor, the people delightful but quiet. However, since the democratic elections in 2010 the country is being transformed – and life is changing rapidly. There is enormous development in the major cities and people have finally the freedom of speech they truly deserve. This year the tourists are most certainly here in droves.

Here are some of the other things that have changed:

The streets are clean

There are tourists and traffic everywhere – it can only get worse!

There are ATMs and you can even use your credit cards

There is the internet (still painfully slow though)

Mobile phone shops, petrol stations, shopping centres

Inconsistent electricity supply – the grid cant keep up with the development and it crashes about 3 times a day

Great food and many new restaurants

The people can speak openly about politics!

If you are thinking of coming to Myanmar now is a great time. It is still off the beaten track but with some of the most wonderful people and sights in the world. We love the country!

One thing that hasnt changed is the price for the basics in life is still exceptionally cheap. Food, household items, travel. A pair of prescription glasses sets you back $10-$25 only. Here I am having a free eye test. Can anyone help me with the Myanmese letters please?!

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