Over the last couple of weeks, your favorite travel agent has taken you on trips to Belarus, Eritrea, Chile and Georgia (mmm, am I really your favorite travel agent? I’m getting a little worried…). But you only have yourselves to blame: bFor the third week I’m only taking you where you asked to go. And today the destination is Myanmar (aka Burma). Why? Because SexCpotatoes (I really like your nick!) asked for it. I know, I know, it’s the 2nd time we follow SexCpotatoes suggestion, but no-one said you could only ask for one country!
Now if Myanmar is the last of your worries and you’d rather go to Malaysia this week, that’s absolutely fine because I have prepared 159 additional countries for you to explore in my blog. So don’t be shy and click away!
Of course Myanmar being the closed country we all know, there is no official sales data available.
But that’s when the fun begins! Or so I thought…
As you all know by now, when there is no data, in fact there is. Simply go to YouTube and search ‘Myanmar streets’ and you normally end up watching a flow of cars for hours and can make up a pretty good picture of actual sales. I even had people living in Sudan and Ghana telling me my YouTube guesses were pretty accurate! So there.
Except for Myanmar, all you get is footage of protests and other violent events. Let’s hope this country is on the right track now that there seems to be a little more freedom. Still, I managed to check out enough videos to be able to tell you that there are very nearly no new cars in circulation in the country.
Very high import taxes make new cars an out of reach prospect for most consumers, and in this context, the 1992 Toyota Corolla Station Wagon swarms the streets…
With the 1998 Nissan Sunny and 1993 Suzuki Wagon R also very popular.
A few extremely rare 2007 Toyota Corollas…
…and 2005 Toyota Hiluxes can also be seen.
And I’m afraid that’s all I have for you on Myanmar! At least now you know what the Burmese drive and you could even show off about your knowledge at fancy dinners.
Till next week folks!
This information is based on meticulous observation of recent YouTube videos of the streets of the capital Yangon.
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.