Burma Safety

Myanmar Security

Armed forces, ethnic militias, armed drug smugglers and the presence of landmines pose a particularly high risk to your safety. What do you need to know about Burma Backpacking? Budget, visa, hostels, weather, food hygiene, transportation and safety tips for traveling in Myanmar. Road and traffic conditions in Burma. Participate in this fantastic charity event and discover Burma by bike!

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Burma has undergone drastic changes over the last ten years. Just a century ago, it was a largely unapproachable land, making even crossings across the frontier a real adventur. Still feeling like it is today, it is now opening up to travelers like never before, thanks to the end of a long-standing tourist blackout, and westerly owned properties, travel facilities and even cash machines are beginning to show up almost all over the night.

Myanmar still remains untouched and harsh due to decade-long insulation, but things are happening very quickly in this recently opened land and there is a threat of tourists going the same way as the massive packet of overtourist industries in Thailand and other neighbouring states. This fact will be a great deception and an even greater lost chance for a committed program of sustainable travel.

However, this upturn in the West's tourist infrastructures has not yet affected the locals too much, and the curious and foreign image of the country's cultural life can still be seen very clearly. It is now ripe to come to Burma before the speed of transition is sustained. Burma is a little bit of a paradox.

It is in many ways largely unaffected by the West's civilization and you will still see how much practice is being made of folk costumes and traditions, but at the same times there are still remains of colonialism, with teas drunk almost as much as in England and teahouses all over.

Myanmar, like many Southeast Asian nations, is very old-fashioned and conservationist, perhaps even more so because of the relatively topical nature of West Asian travel. Travelers are not supposed to be wearing the kind of old-fashioned clothes like the ones still worn by many natives (even though they are becoming more and more fashionable in the West), but they should make sure that all clothes are worn respectfully and not in an enlightening way, and this applies to both men and woman.

Myanmar has bags of Christians and Muslims, but the great majority are Buddhists with powerful animistic tradition, and travelers should uphold this. While all foreigners need a permit to travel to Myanmar, perhaps to draw tourist, the immigration procedures are relatively simple.

It is possible to obtain a consular permit from any of the consulates before you go, or even better, you can obtain an e-visa by requesting it on-line on the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population's website. They can be used at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airport and at three Thai-Myanmar checkpoints:

It is advisable to obtain a Myanmar consular or diplomatic visas before entering the U.S. because you cannot obtain a visas at the MJC. Please be aware that Myanmar visas - and the price of visas - may be subject to changes without prior notification.

We recommend the following vaccination schedule for Myanmar through the Centre of Disease Control and the NHS Fit For Traveller website. It is strongly advised that all travelers keep up to date with their regular immunizations such as MMR, diphtheria - invertebrates - tetanus and varices (chickenpox). Consult your doctor, specialised nursing staff or your travelling hospital to find out which vaccines are apropriate.

Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is necessary if you are traveling from a state where the illness is present. The malaria risks vary across the whole state. The Yangon and Mandalay metropolitan areas are low to no risks, the remainder of the state is low with further counsel, while there are high-risk areas in the far south, between the Thai frontier and Andaman Lake, in the area around Loikaw on the Thai frontier and in the northern and west, behind Mandalay on the frontier with India, Bangladesh and China.

Anti-malaria drugs are recommended depending on where you go in Myanmar, how long you stay there and what you will do (whether you are in a group or not). It' important to keep in mind that healthcare throughout Myanmar is not strong, and if you know you need to get healthcare in advanced, you should consider getting it in Thailand or China instead.

In Mandalay and Yangon, chemists and hospitals are available for small injury or discomfort, and of course we strongly recommend that you take out medical cover. On-line travel clinic. Ultimate travel guide for vaccinations. criminal activity and security. Burma has very severe penalties for crimes and therefore has very low criminal counts. To say that there are occasionally travelers' accounts of opportunist larceny, as everywhere, so a little bit of good judgment and consciousness should keep you and your possessions secure.

Foreign Commonwealth Office advises against travelling to Rakhine State (except Ngapali Tourism and Thandwe Airport), north-eastern Kachin State on the border with China (except Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao) and the Kokang Self Administered Zone in Shan State N.E., all because of the continuing threat of war.

As frightening as it may sound, the reality is that most travelers can readily shun these and other frontier areas, and all areas open to visitors are generally quite secure. It is in the government's legitimate interest to keep visitors and travelers secure and will not leave them in areas of conflicting interests.

Utilize your good judgment, adhere to the vast majority of the land in the interior - where there is no warnings from the authorities - and you will avoid each other. Are you supposed to go to dangerous countries? It is the truth about the fear and safety when travelling. Safety advice for travelers. Myanmar's language is Kyoto (pronounced "chat"), usually shortened as K, Ks or MMK.

They can' t buy or trade the Kiev outside Myanmar, so you have to change it when you get there. There' s still an old idea among travelers that you have to take vast quantities of money into the land, what's remaining from the time when Myanmar was still largely sealed off and there was no infrastructr... that's just not any more.

Cash machines are now appearing everywhere (although they currently only spend Kyat), and large commercial banking and even hotel are often the best places to change money. US$ is often acceptable, only in some major tourism resorts, long haul transportation such as train and attraction entrance fee, so it is best to carry a large amount of US$ and change some in Kyoto to get paid for domestic use.

Simply make sure you use all your own domestic currencies before you go. Burma is still an exorbitant costly destination for travelers, mainly because the tourism industry is still very new and in high uptake. EVER BUDGING really well puts you back around 30 GBP a days, more medium distance choices with personal rooms can be between 30 to 75 a days, and the skies are the limit for top end luxurious travel. Here are some of the best deals you can find.

However, you can keep to a reasonable price if you dine on the streets and take public transport. Burma is a temperate rainforest like much of Southeast Asia it is warm and humid! It gets very warm from March to May, especially in the main plateaus and the towns of Mandalay and Bagan, but it can be a good season to go if you do not disturb the sun and are provided with shelter and moisture.

Yangon. Yangon, once the Burmese capitol, is still one of the heart cultures of Myanmar, thanks to the truly impressive Shwedagon Paya and the rich ness of the architectural heritage of the colonies. It is also one of the ways you can fly to Myanmar, and thanks to its relatively high travel infrastructures, you will probably get through here at some point.

It is one of the holiest places of Buddhism in Myanmar and an important memorial in Yangon. Mandalay. In spite of its exotic name, the Mandalay is overcrowded, filthy and is mainly used by travelers as a point of entry and exit. Small alleys full of Stupa, temple, churches and convents, handicraft stores and traditional arts and crafts and crafts shows make for a thrilling discovery filled time.

Not only are the ditch and fortifications of the former Mandalay Stadelle spectacular, but the Mandalay Palace has been entirely restored from the same. All this before you immerse yourself in the scores of Buddha sculptures and relicts, golden and jewelry fairs and innumerable other jewels that make Mandalay so unique.

Partly between Mandalay and Yangon and with the Ayeyarwady River meandering by, this huge sanctuary will astound even the most traveller, as it is home to virtually thousand shrines, stupas and remains rising from the wide open plain. The Yangon fair is a truly'off the beaten track' place and an astonishing place to get a sense of indigenous cultures and to get a good meal while you're at it.

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