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As our bro Jaunted noted last week in his coverage of the state of Southeast Asian tourism, Myanmar is growing at an incredible rate after opening its doors to tourists a few years ago. Seven million tourists are expected in 2020, up from only 300,000 in 2010. In 2013, the number of visitors went up an astonishing 93%, from 1.3 million in 2012 to 2.4 in 2013.
That is absolutely incredible growth, but a question quickly arises: Does the infrastructure exist to support all those visitors? The answer currently is no, but the country is working to ensure they have enough beds.
The conundrum for North American travelers when it comes to Southeast Asia is the upfront cost and the time it takes to get there. Sure, it's a sexy destination, but it's halfway around the world, and most people struggle with finding the time to make the trip a reality.
For what it's worth, travelers who brave the journey will be happy to know it gets much easier on the wallet once you hit the ground. Take Kuching in Malaysia, for example, where not only the food and cost of living is cheap compared to the American dollar, but the hotel rates look really good, too.
Now that Myanmar's iron-fisted miltary dictatorship has decided to free a few political prisoners and re-open its doors to foreigners, let the luxury hotel invasion begin!
First up at bat? Southeast Asia's Apple Tree Group, whose international hotel portfolio includes a colonial-era steamship, a villa built by the grandson of a Laotian king, and a thatched roof ecolodge along the Mekong in Vietnam, is shooting for an April 15th opening of its "highly anticipated tented luxury lodge" on the shores of the Irawaddy River in Bagan, called… wait for it…Bagan Lodge.