An Inside Look at Burma From VQR


Shwedagon Spire (Burma), photo by Christopher Bartlett


Our Summer 2012 issue features original reporting on and from Burma.

Since 1996, Burma has asked foreigners to stay away, but independent travel has been encouraged following the release of political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had spent 15 of the past 20 years under house arrest. Lonely Planet has named Burma one of the Top 10 countries to visit in 2012 because of its new friendliness to tourists—although that doesn’t mean problems don’t still exist.

Our Burma issue includes the following:

•  An introduction to Burma by VQR editor Donovan Webster
•  A trip down a barge on Burma’s river highway, the Irrawaddy, by Jason Motlagh, with stunning photos
•  How an insurgent movement of pro-democracy activists—from underground, in exile, or in prison—returned to take Burma’s military junta by political storm, by Delphine Schrank
•  Editor Donovan Webster’s up-close-and-personal encounters with Burma’s generals, as well as The Lady, Aung San Suu Kyi
•  Exploring what’s left of Burma’s remote headhunting tribes, where skulls are harder and harder to find, by Elliott D. Woods
•  A trip deep inside the rebel camps of Burma, by Robert Young Pelton

View the entire Table of Contents for our Summer 2012 issue.

If you’re not a subscriber, but you’d love to have this issue in print (with all the four-color photo glory), consider subscribing between Aug. 22–29, when you’ll receive the Burma issue free with any subscription order.

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Published: August 2, 2012