Is Burma Safe for TravelWill Burma be safe to travel?
Enjoy, stay safe and enjoy the adventure. Yes, I think Myanmar is safe (I speak for all tourist areas).
Security in Myanmar (Burma)
Traveling in Myanmar is safe for the overwhelming bulk of people. A number of areas of the land are still closed due to the continuing civilian wars and/or mines. If you are in remote areas, where the government is less used to seeing foreign nationals, it may be that your municipal officers will ask you what you are planning to do.
On the following web pages the German Federal Administration offers travel tips and information on the latest hotspots: We' ve been told that some travelers find new ways and stay in the mountains for a whole weekend or more. Avoid walking to areas limited to non-nationals; ask before departure. Campsites in the mountains are not legally, as foreign nationals must be declared to the locals by the owner of "licensed accommodation" every night.
There is a high risk of death from snake bites in Myanmar. Although not unknown, crime like robberies are scarce in Myanmar. The natives know that the punishment for theft, especially of aliens, can be harsh. The majority of travelers remember local people who grab their cash because they are being chased by someone who gives them back a K500 grade they dumped.
When someone takes your bags to a coach terminal, it's almost certainly just a motorbike rider who hopes for a ticket. Much of the north, east and south of Shan state and areas in Kachin, Kayin and Rakhine are off the reservation because of the continuing struggles between the Myanmar army and various international travelers' organizations.
Land mines in frontier areas are a menace. Myanmars takeouts are quite insignificant compared to others in the area. The small behind the scene charges are paid, whether you like it or not, to a cab, a Trinishaw rider or a tour leader to take you to a motel to buy a marionette or even to get some toast.
If you arrive at a coach terminal, you may be contacted by tugs, some of whom will try to take you to a specific accommodation that will offer you a comission. Use caution when claiming that the location you have selected is "not good", although in some cases motorcyclists who are warning travelers that "foreigners cannot remain there" may be inappropriate.
This said, some travel-related business and toys go to imaginative lengths on or use hard-sell techniques to mess up buyers so try to keep your mind about you. Bad condition of roads and railway infrastructures and relaxed security norms and processes for air and sea travel can sometimes be hazardous.
Representations of Buddha that are considered improper or insulting by Buddhist people have created serious difficulties for Myanmar's people. Respect your regional religion and act accordingly.