Burma is the largest country in Southeast Asia with over 50 million citizens and for a first time there are now some kind of elections.
At the same time Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world facing even sanctions from Western governments, who complain about the organized abuse of women and other violations of human rights.
Burma reveals a lot of natural beauty and around 750.000 tourists are visiting Burma every year however most of them will not come back due to heavy Internet censorship, suppression, high crime, corruption and bad roads.
Nevertheless, most of the Burmese people treat foreigners extremely kind and with a lot of respect.
Many of these old boats seem to end up between Myanmar and Thailand as swimming gold mines, that benefit from Thailand's visa regulations, which are forcing long term visitors to all kinds of doggie visa runs to neighboring countries.