In December 2012 I met a four-time visitor who said that she was not coming again because as the country opened up to the outside world it was losing its sense of isolation and mystery. In other words, she begrudged local people their new political freedoms and economic possibilities, because it was spoiling her holiday. Myanmar’s development damaged her intrepid-explorer self-image. She’s probably in North Korea now.
The boat holds one person comfortably, and two can fit inside with some manoeuvring. Though not exactly “luxury”, it is a sharp piece of work – especially considering it is made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles.