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PM's visit: From majesty to modesty
The contrast could not have been sharper.
A guard of honour lined the strangely deserted roads as David Cameron's convoy drove from the airport through the streets of the purpose-built capital Naypidaw to the presidential palace inhabited by Thein Sein.
Two magnificent modern metal bridges crossed a huge moat and led up to the enormous pillared frontage.
Inside the chandeliers shimmered from dizzying ceilings, marble green, and flunkies in sarong-style uniforms served drinks.
The PM and his team were treated to Salmon dumplings, potato gratin and apple pie with ice-cream for lunch.
And then just a few hours later came Aung San Suu Kyi's home, which has been in effect her prison for 15 years.
The setting, next to a lake, is beautiful but the modest frontage is in need of repair and a lick of paint. And the front doors stick.
The Nobel laureate and her aides entertained the PM's team at a humble round wooden table in what at some stage might have been her kitchen.
The discussion was all about how to improve the lot of the people.
The press conference took place on the verandah, with technology so elementary that questions could hardly be heard over the microphone feedback.
It is easy to understand the overwhelming support Aung San Suu Kyi received in recent elections when you see the way she lives.
For most people lives are hard in Burma and she does not seek to insulate herself from that.
Warmth and honesty comes across in everything she does.
Even if she does come to rule the country she loves you cannot imagine that she would abandon her home in Rangoon with its noisy teeming street and move instead to the sterile luxury of that palace.