There is in fact a Burmese connection. A lot of folks disappeared just prior to the Burmese election. It's possible some didn't come back and others came back skint after buying presents for family.
@Methos The whole market is suffering. Ms Kam is selling snacks that people eat after work. Their alternative is to wait until they are home and have a cheaper homemade meal with rice.
@Stocky Same same.
Yes, a lot of people have done that with little or no problems. Just make sure you tell immigration on first arrival what your intentions are with evidence of flight booking for a short stay in EU country.