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Myanmar embraces staycations to escape political tension

Local residents snag hotel deals as demand from foreigners fades

This year's Thingyan water festival was muted as opponents of the Myanmar military urged a boycott.

BANGKOK -- As armed clashes continue to rock Myanmar over a year after the military took control of the country, more residents are checking in to local hotels for a much-needed respite from the turmoil.

During the country's Thingyan New Year holiday in April, crowds of young people milled around the rooftop of a hotel that is a 10-minute drive away from the center of Yangon, the country's largest city. They gathered by the pool during the day with guitars and speakers in hand, and retreated to their rooms by night for a heart-to-heart with friends.

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