I had wanted to visit Burma for many years, but in deference to the wishes of Aung Sang Su Kyi, the pro democracy leader, who felt an influx of tourists would add legitimacy and respectability to the repressive military regime, I made no attempt to do so. After her release from many years of house arrest, 'The Lady' is now anxious that foreigners should visit her beloved country, both for economic reasons, and so that the situation in Burma/Myanmar may be more widely known throughout the outside world.