Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon
"I was just travelling — interested to see what the country was like, after having been pretty much closed off for decades. However, I was only in Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon (former Rangoon) so it was a limited impression. As far as I could see, the poverty was very pervasive. It was at a level that one sees in India, with a poor infrastructure.
"On the other hand, there is a small group which is part of a 'booming' economy, as Myanmar opens up to the countries to the west and east, and, very much, to the north — China. It is a country which is becoming once again an important crossroads between those countries, with railroads and roads and big harbors being built by the Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Indians, to give access to and from the Indian Ocean, cutting short the route through the Straits of Malacca (Singapore).
— December 2015