South Myanmar TravelTravel South Burma
It has ushered in a new and promising age for Myanmar and its afflicted peoples, but also for tourists and travellers, for now even more of this unbelievable land - once outlawed. There are many changes and enhancements underway to take Myanmar into the twenty-first century, and further and further away from an infra-structure and way of living that has in some places remained virtually unchanged as it was in the early 1900s.
However, the process of societal and economical transformation takes a long enough period of development to allow the traveler a view into a fascinating, colourful and historical age. Tourism is growing but still low enough to keep the masses (for the moment ) in check and give the adventure-loving people who have lost their way here the opportunity to experience the best that this nation has to boast without competing with other people.
When you are looking for a beautiful and peaceful landscape, you can choose a leisurely drive along the Irrawaddy River, linger a few hour or even a few nights on a paradise sand or hike through the woods to explore secluded ethnical towns. Burma has places of interest that even travelers who have experienced it before will feel amazed and amazed - on a large scale, but perhaps you want to get started quickly.
So if you want the best of antiquity and modernity, now is the right moment to move to what was then Burma and is now Myanmar. They cannot travel to Myanmar without a permit and although there is a restricted permit on entry, it is not suited for tourist use.
Coming from Australia, Canada, an EU member state, the UK or the USA, as well as some other qualifying states, you can request an eVisa on-line that will allow you to remain in the state for 28 consecutive years. But if you decide to go this way, you MUST go to certain places in the world.
Coming from another state or intending to travel to the territory via a different means of entry, please review the applicable visas through your own authorities and consulates. Myanmar's typical meteorological conditions are subdivided into three different season. The temperature is around 32°C, the temperature at nights drops to 19°C, which makes sleeping much more comfortable.
The Mandalay area can turn these low temperatures into really cold 13°C. What is Myanmar like? In Myanmar, your odds of becoming a criminal are about as slim as in a less developed world. Easy - Myanmar's government is desperately trying to get the aliens to pay large sums of money and want to show the land in its best possible perspective.
You will find many deceptions - this curse of Asiatic travelling that makes you reluctant about the resourcefulness and ingeniousness of some of the most succesfull and creative people in the world. Myanmar even seems to suggest an offical participation, like the one where an officer misses or finds your immigration stamps wrong when verifying your identity card somewhere after entering the U.S. and demands silence payments to overlook it.
Work on some of your assignments and ask other travelers about the fraud that is going around. Because of the continuing riots or uprisings, there are bags in the countryside that are regarded as insecure areas, especially at the border. Usually these are limited areas, so it is unlikely that you will accidentally trip into them.
Myanmar's infrastructures, which offer travelers and visitors the opportunity to rack their brains at nights, are constantly grow. HI Hostels - the lowest cost and lowest priced hostel for travelers - are available in all major touristic centres of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, but seldom elsewhere these days.
Usually you get less money at the front of Myanmar's housing than elsewhere in Southeast Asia and the price starts a little higher. Being a predominantly buddhistic country, the questions of label and consideration are very similar to those in other Southeast Asia countries.
Burma is still unbelievably old-fashioned and if you want to be a respectable traveler, you really have to do some housework before you enter the state. Myanmar cultural labels are complicated and comprehensive, but here are some of the more general things you may want to know; clothing - in the bigger places the people of Burma are more open to the West and you might see short dresses and short sneakers.
In addition, if you want to go to places of worship - churches, sanctuaries, etc. - you must keep your feet on your buttocks. Myanmar's community affections - even if you have someone in a dragging line, you really must keep a low profile. When you come from one of the other Southeast Asia nations such as Thailand or Laos, you will find that your daily expenses in Myanmar are increasing a little.
However, the gap between Myanmar and its neighbors is steadily widening as more and more tourism enters the nation and its customs become more competitive. Myanmar's money is the'Kyat'. It is not possible to exchange Kyat outside the UK, so you must pick up your money on your return and make sure you get everything you don't want out of the state.
However, more and more people are accepting plastics - in the shape of debt and card payment - and if you use the larger hotel or restaurant, you should have no problems to pay in this way. When you want to change forex, it is not difficult to find coin exchangers in the larger city.
Normally you will not be able to trade pound Sterling, although you may find a few exemptions if you don't care about a bad currency quote. It was not so long ago that you could clean up your mobile after entering Myanmar because the telephone and web were almost non-existent. But things have changed fast in this area, and now you probably won't run into a dilemma, especially not in the city.
Wi-Fi in hotels and guest houses (and free for guests) is also now common. Myanmar's cooking is a beautiful blend of culture with cuisines from various other countries - especially China and India. Best of all, it is super-budget - at roadside stands and in many places - and one of the few things in the land that reconciles it with other Asiatic locations.
Like almost all Southeast Asia travel locations, there are big differences in choice and type of foods, and sometimes it seems that every small city has its own delicacy. Malaria risks exist throughout the entire state, with the exception of the towns of Mandalay and Yangon.
If you need malaria pills or not depends on where in the land you want to visit - always ask your family doctor to be sure. There is dengue fever in Myanmar too, but there is currently no immunisation, so preventing it depends on avoiding gnat sting. Mosquitoes, which carry dengue fever, bite during the days and are more frequent in the city.
Talking of vaccines: The following vaccinations are suggested for trips to Myanmar: Hepatitis A, diptheria, poliomyelitis, tetanus and typhoid. If you are from a yellow fever-risk state, you must present a yellow fever immunization record when you come to Myanmar.
This is also required if you have travelled 12 or longer hrs through the airports of a yellow fever-risk state. Like with many targets in Southeast Asia, we advise not to drink the waters as there is a danger of soiling. Myanmar's main formal tongue is Myanmar, but there are indeed a number of indigenous vernaculars, while Mandarin is not uncommon.
People in the tourism sector will usually be able to overcome the fundamentals of communicating with you, but otherwise you will need to enhance your facial expressions and have a phrase book with you. The modernisation of the post-democratic regime has brought many changes to the road network, particularly in the road network, which has so far been appalling, to say the least.
That makes more goals possible and quicker than before, but it will take a long timeframe to make headway. Myanmar is usually sluggish from A to B and is likely to continue until more traffic infrastructure is upgraded and all streets are up-graded.
Most of Myanmar has been totally inaccessible to visitors until recently. There are different regulations for different closed areas, but this generally means that you can only go to these places as part of a trip or with a qualified local guides.
Traveling around the countryside usually takes a little more thought and thought than in other places in Asia, but that's not to say it's not. Travelling by Trains - Since net and railway traffic has remained virtually unchanged since the arrival of the British, Myanmar's average speed (25 km/h for longer journeys) is unbearably low, anything but convenient and not exactly on time.
PICKUP TRAVELS - Passenger pick-ups with seats are frequent in Myanmar. It is a low-cost, but can be very sluggish, as lorries stop every few meters to take people in, and very unpleasant (even if they are hit, the trucker will think that more people can be trapped).
Public transportation - There are always buses in the major capitals, and even cabs are omnipresent in the city. Below you will find the most popular types of public transportation - cycle or trishaw's with sidecars, cart, oxcarts and tuk-tuk-tuk 3-wheelers.