The legendary kindness of Burmese

One of the greatest things about travel is that we find out how many good, kind people there are.

We may hear about the legendary kindness of Burmese people when Myanmar was listed as the world’s generous country in 2016. We might doubt about that since iron-fisted military rules have just been emerging from decades, thus still far to be influenced by the modernity of the 21st century. But, as a wanderluster who has many chances to know about this incomparable country, I understand why.

My first impression about their kindness was in Bagan in an early winter morning. Since we scheduled to leave Bagan in the evening, we did not have a hotel reservation there. The cruel winter wind was like a thousand daggers piercing through my skin as we were sitting outside a hotel. The doorman invited us to step inside to keep warm. It was just about 3am and we were all tired after a sleepless night in the bus. Beyond that, the receptionist asked us if we wanted to take a short rest before going to enjoy the sunrise over the old Bagan. And the offer was free of charge! It came as quite a surprise for me to discover about the Burmese people and their kindness.

From Yangon to Mandalay through Bagan, I always received the necessary help from the local when needed. I realized that generosity is more than just giving money or food, it’s about the willingness to help strangers and to be kind to other people. Burmese people proved me that wealth doesn’t make generosity, kindness does.

When in Myanmar, I had learned another lesson of life. To be kind is more important than to be right.

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