I travelled to Burma (Myanmar) back in 2011 when it was totally closed to international tourists. How?
I was working in Thailand at the time with Burmese migrants. One day, I was told to hand my passport over to a coworker and a week later, it came back with a visa to Burma inside…
Don’t ask questions.
From the moment I stepped off the plane in Burma, I was heavily restricted. I was accompanied by a Burmese guide at all times (who spoke flawless English), I stayed in government approved accommodation, and was only allowed to visit 4 specific cities.