Hanoi, Vietnam -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/09/2013 -- Myanmar the former Burma, is developing faster than any other country in the world, with regard to tourism. This once secret empire opened its doors for the first time in 2010 and has not looked back since. A change of government brought a change of direction and the big winners are both the tourists who are flooding here in huge numbers and the local people, who are benefitting both economically and culturally from the experience.
As recently as 2005 the small new city of Naypyidaw was named as the new Administrative capital of the country. Merely a greenfield site at the time of the announcement building work has gone on unfettered in a bid to build a capital city worthy of the status. By 2009 the population was close on 1 million, making it the third biggest city in the country, behind Yangon and Mandalay. It is currently among the world’s top ten fastest growing cities.
Naypyidaw lies two miles to the west of the former city of Pyinmana and about two hundred miles to the north of Yangon, the former capital. It was inaugurated on 27th March 2006, Armed Forces Day. There was a massive military parade as more than twelve thousands troops marched into the city, marking their arrival in their new home. The move did not go completely to plan, with many schools and services simply not ready for the move. All that has soon settled down and now things are moving steadily.
Naypyidaw is more centrally located in the city and was already a transport hub. The move seems, on the face of it, a rationally thought out political decision. Also states close by are somewhat unstable and a larger military presence was thought reasonable.
The climate of the country is exceptionally conducive for holiday makers and one travel company, keen to promote the fact that it rarely rains, offered the prize of two free beers for every day that it rained for more than ten minutes of your holiday. Although something of a gimmick it was seen as a light hearted attempt to dismiss rumours that it rains too much in the country.
The new capital, Naypyidaw, is divided up into zones. These zones keep housing, shopping, the military, the ministries and the hotels in separate areas. Most residential housing consists of four storey housing blocks, of which there are one thousand two hundred. The roofs are color coded as for which department of government their residents are employed. Many none government workers are currently living in little more than slums.
The shopping areas boast markets restaurants and the country’s first privately owned shopping Malls, of which the first is Junction Centre. The entertainment areas consist mainly of Parks, gardens and Museums. The largest zoo in the country, opened its doors here in February 2011.
Naypyidaw continues to grow and develop as was hoped. It is thought that it will soon be a recognised named on the world political map. A statement thought impossible just a few short years ago.
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