After a wonderful few weeks in Bangkok hanging out with some old friends and stumbling upon some enthralling and adorable animals, and exploring some more of the city's temples it is now time to leave Bangkok. Tomorrow at 7am I fly to Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar (Burma). Every traveller I have met who spent time in the country gets dreamy-eyed when talking about the Burmese people. That they are friendly and kind and warm seems to be a given - and that much more inspiring given the oppressive political climate. My aim is to be as responsible a tourist as possible: to travel independently, spend my money on non-governmental tours or restaurants and not engage locals on controversial topics unless they are the ones to broach them.
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