Pretty often, when I traveled, I went to places where, I heard, no tourists had been seen for a while.
This is what happened in Chin state. I was there when the area started being accessible to foreigners (Chin state just after opening up to tourists and Northern Chin state diary). The state was not prepared though to welcome those who wouldn’t be open to accept whatever they encountered. On the way back to Kalewa, a bus stopped as there were some natural obstacles on the way – after a few days of heavy rains, landslides stopped us and wouldn’t let us continue the journey until the passangers cleared up the road.
In Thamanthi I was an attraction to local women who would follow me everywhere, assisted me during meals and were so super friendly and hospitable that I felt super safe there. Not that Myanmar was a place where one needed to be extra careful but it looked more as if I had my personal female bodyguards 🙂
And Indawgyi… Not only in the guesthouse, but as well on the way to Indawgyi, were they surprised to see a foreigner (Stranger in the Indawgyi Lake area and Though route to Indawgyi). In Hopin I took a bike to the lake and seeing reactions of local people, it was obvious that a white (wo)man is seen there as often as a dinosaur or Buddha. This is how the people reacted when they saw me 🙂