After 50 years under junta regime, life in Burma have improve in the city, but in the countryside, life is still struggling. Most of natural resources in hand of goverment such as: gem, teak wood, petroleum, gas and export. To China and Thailand.
One of very good thing Myanmar unknown to the rest of the world is coffee. They grow mostly in the highland area, pick by hand, process by hand. The origin of coffee brought by British when they colonized Burma , coffee tree grown under the shade of Macca tree. The weather, water, soil, cultivation method ( not or very limit to use fertilizer yet) make Burmese coffee has distince flavor compare to other. And very high quality. Because of less known, their green bean price still quite cheap, of course if you can buy directly from the farmer.
Kachin state is border of Myanmar and China. A remoted and poorest State of Myanmar. Most people even Burmese they dont know about Kachin coffee. Kachin in Myanmar is commonly known as not famous in coffee farming. Because they grow it for China market. Highland coffee are usually harvest in March. These coffee beans have never entered to Myanmar market yet. The famers sell to China through border passed illegally. But now Chinese gov block all border pass except Myanmar gov official gates. The famers have no idea to sell in Myanmar yet. Coffee beans are good . But Chinese are not coffee lovers. They have not much price in China too.