Burma What to Pack

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Burma What to Pack

  • What to take/wear for Myanmar.

    .FOR MENShorts are not worn locally here, but are acceptable. Remember though it is a conservitive country. For entry into a pagoda your knees must be covered as well as your shoulders. IF wearing shorter that knee length shorts, carry round a sarong or the local garment with you in your back pack to slip on when necessary.FOR WOMENThe same goes...

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  • DAILY NECCESITIES THAT I CARRY WITH ME

    My day bag is a small back/pack that carries my cameras and lenses (out of sight) also my daily neccesities.It is important to carry with you an International Power Point Adaptor for recharging all your electrical items. The most important thing to have with you is your bottled fresh water ..carry more than you think you need. I buy mine at the...

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  • Less is Best

    One small suitcase if you are moving around or a back pack for those who don't want to buy. Men: 2 shorts, one long pants, t-shirts, a comforatble pair of walking shoes(mine are 30 years old0, thongs, an umbrella and a light sweater or rain slicker . A battery charger with plug adaptor.An electric usb charger for your mp3 freese you from...

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  • Use Hard-Sided Luggage - Why?

    Aircraft baggage handlers chew betel nut (like more than half the population in Yangon).They spit everywhere.Some spit lands on your luggage.So try to have ONLY carry-on luggage.Because the flight attendants don't chew betel nut.But your fellow passenger might.You should use hard-sided luggage if you are bringing check-in baggage.So that you can...

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  • How To Stash Your Cash

    Bring a mesh pouch to hold Burmese cash. Burmese cash is filthy, soggy and stinky. Don't put it into your regular wallet because you'll want to throw away your wallet after that.

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  • Crisp new US $ Bills and lots of them

    you can use US$ most anywhere but the exchange rate is flexible depending on who you deal with. Generally we got between 800 and 1000 while the going black market rate was around 1200 per USD. You need to have nice crisp new bills or you will have to negotiate and argue with your counterpart to use your bills. This seems to be a common issue in...

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  • Be prepared!

    Travel light! This eases everything. You can get laundry service in most hotels. Alternatively bring some (eco) detergent.You might want to consider using waterproof or rainproof (inner) bags . Bring flip-flops otherwise - if you are unlucky and hit a several day lasting rain - going out for food wont be fun at all.High boots are only good as...

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  • Novel (Fiction)

    Daniel MasonThe Piano Tuner ISBN: 03-304-9269-1 2002Dutch translation:De Pianostemmer ISBN: 90-234-1003-3 2003On a misty London afternoon in 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the War Office: he must leave his wife, and his quiet life in London, to travel to the jungles of Burma to tune a rare Erard grand piano. The...

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  • general packing tips

    In the rainy season you definitely need an umbrella. A raincoat can be useful but i (and all Burmese with me) swear by the umbrella. That and shoes/sandals that can stand an enormous amount of water. Good mosquito repellent!! In every season there are mosquitoes here. And they are not of the tiny size either.If you're attached to a special brand...

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  • Keep your Rucksack Safe

    If you are travelling Anywhere and using a Rucksack / Backpack as your luggage then I would Strongly recommend that you use some form of Rucksack / Backpack Pro-tector !!This tip is from my own personal experience, as I have had Big Problems having my Rucksack damaged or even destroyed by airlines, particularly on Airport Carousels,What can happen...

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  • Sourcebook

    Luca Invernizzi TettoniMyanmar Style (Art, Architecture and Design of Burma) ISBN: 0-500-01890-1 1998 Manamar Style will appeal to art collectors, lovers of exotic architecture and interior design, travellers and anyone with interset in this unique country.With over 500 superb photographs by worl-renowned photographer Luca Invernizzi Tettioni,...

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  • Guidebook (Illustrated)

    Elizabeth Moore, Hansjörg Mayer & U Win PeShwedagon (Golden Pagoda of Myanmar) ISBN: 0-500-97483-7 1999This book gives the reader a multi-faced view of this magnificent Buddhist shrine.The texts by archaelogist and art historian Elizabeth Moore of the School of Orient and African Studies in London and Burmese scholar U Win Pe discuss the history...

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  • A Burmese Odyssey

    Pascal Khoo ThweFrom the Land of Green Ghosts ISBN: 0-06-050523-0 2002Dutch translation:Het Land van de Groene Geesten ISBN: 90-295-2555-X 2005In 1988, Dr. John Casey, a professor visiting Burma, meets a waiter in Mandalay with a passion for the works of James Joyce, and the encounter changes both their lives. Within months of his meeting with...

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  • Travel Story (Dutch)

    Joop VerstratenDe Boeddha en de Marionetten ISBN: 90-74328-99-7 2006

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  • Field Guid (Birds)

    Silkworm BooksBirds of Myanmar ISBN: 974-9575-68-7 2005Myanmar supports one of the richest and most diverse bird communities in mainland Southeast Asia.The descriptive field guide to the birds of Myanmar will appeal to both novices and seasoned birdwatchers. The listings include full-color illustrations of each bird, along with standard...

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  • Guidebook

    Lonely PlanetMyanmar ISBN: 1-74059-695-1 9th Edition oktober 2005

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  • If you can't get visa at home...

    In the beginning I thought I was lucky enough to find a Myanmar consulate in Greece that was able to provide us with an approval letter in order to get a visa upon arrival. What I didn't know is that they charged a hefty 120$, which I considered a complete rip off and denied their service. Unfortunately the web page for online visa of the Myanmar...

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  • A must - pair of thongs

    Bring your own pair of thongs - you will need them because nearly every building especially religious buildings you enter you will be expected to take off your shoes. If you are tall you may have difficulty finding your size as the average male height is 5 feet 4.Thongs are easier to carry than sandals.

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  • Have coffee, tea, soup on tap!

    This tip relates to wherever you travel! We always carry with us a small electric jug and an international plug which means that we can always have a cup of coffee or tea when we want! We also carry packets of soup and noodles so if we are feeling peckish and don't want to venture out too far we can relax in our hotel room!

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  • Rubber Flip-Flops!

    Temples/pagodas have a strict no-footwear policy. Which means you'll be spending half your time completely barefoot. For ease and convenience, don't wear socks and lace-up shoes. Even better, wear rubber flip-flops! They're cheap and easy to clean. Let's just hope they don't melt in the intense Myanmar heat.

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  • Bring LOTS of $1 bills(and other things)

    Leave you big heavy luggage at home Lightweight clothes (dress respectfully please), and comfortable shoes that are worn in are best. Pepto of course...and prescription Cipro will really knock out the nasties. Yes, by all means BRING YOUR CAMERA ! for the SLR people, don't forget a polarizing filter. If you are still using film (like me), bring...

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  • Money Matters

    I put this under the packing section because of current monetary issues in Burma. First of all, because of a 2003 US ban, credit cards are invalid in Burma, and ATMs are pretty much nonexistent. When you visit, you will more or less need to bring all the cash you'll need for the duration of your stay. Calculate and plan ahead.Secondly, you will...

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  • Sun block and moisturiser.

    We went there in late March which is the hot and dry season. It was especially dry in Bagan.Do remember to bring sun block for your skin to avoid getting burnt from visiting the open pagodas.The weather there is also quite dry, so if you need, bring some moisturiser along.

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  • Travel adaptor.

    I surfed the web on the types of plugs that are used in Burma. It turned out to be wrong information from most of the websites on the internet. From the internet, I thought the plugs used there are the same as in Singapore. Hence, I did not bother to bring a travel adaptor for the charger of my digital camera.The truth is, the most common plug is...

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  • Packing List

    As usual a large duffle with wheels is what I would recommend or a back pack. You do not have to pack much for this country and clothing can be bought very cheaply .I used a large duffle as I was taking out gifts for my friends and relatives and bringing back books and souveniers. Ladies - Travel light. You can survive on sarongs (long) and...

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  • Children Clothes to give away

    If you leave the tourist spots and go more to the country side the people are VERY poor. Especially childrens clothes are highly appreciated. Also: soap, pens, paper

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  • Bigger Notes in US$ Get You Better Rate

    Don't know which category to put this but think you have to prepare cash (You know that right? It's not a good idea to bring traveller's cheque or credit card travelling to Burman, especially you cannot use M/C at all.) to Burma so I put it to this packing tip.If you want to exchange US$ in black market (you want it for sure, much better than the...

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  • Slippers!!!

    Dont forget your slippers if you intend to visit temples (pagodas). Umbrella, if you go during monsoon.

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  • Pack light

    Depending on your duration of stay, a 55+10 litre backpack should be more than enough for about 21 days. Bring along a smaller bag, say 15 litres as a daypack when going sight seeing or off the beaten track. Burma has 3 seasons. Oct - Feb being the best time to visit. Weather is cool perhaps with a bit of rain now & then. Mac - May is hot & dry,...

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  • Climate

    Myanmar has a monsoon climate with three main seasons, which varies from region to region due to the country's diverse geography. Summer is from February through May with the hottest period in April and May when temperatures can reach about 43°C in central Myanmar, 36.1°C in Northern Myanmar and between 29.4°C and 35°C on the Shan Plateau. Rainy...

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  • Film and Photo equipment

    Apparently, the security scanning equipment at all major inland airports that are tourist destinations (Bagan, Heho, Ngapali, Mandalay, Yangon) are photosafe for up to 800 speed film. We we apprehensive (actually terrified!) after reading lp’s warning because we had our film scanned at the Bagan airport. Our film turned out fine, we are happy to...

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  • Stuff to bring

    Long Sleeve shirt/Pants to visit temples/religious sites.Sandals, durable shoes for walking. umbrella cause it dumps rain. mosquito stuff would be nice to bring. film is best bought in Bangkok if your using a SLR camera and any speed/variety that isnt very common.

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  • Bring your own toilet paper

    Your standard mountaineering backpack will do just fine. Depends on the season and if you are in the north or the south.....but generally its always pretty hot and humid like the rest of South East Asia.

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  • Dress well!

    backpackmoskito repellantknife trekking bootsflip-flopslinen shirts (dry quickly)warm sweat shirtlight rain/wind jacketenough clothes to wear almost always a clean shirt and trouser! Burmese are dressed very well and clean. They also cover their shoulders and legs...But I saw many travellers who did not. iodine for desinfection of wounds (wounds...

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  • Packing List

    If you want to bring along gifts to help the people of Burma, here are several suggestions: current news magazines in English such as Time or Newsweek, current popular novels in English (books are hard to come by and expensive), computer training books (if you are going to Inle Lake, the owner of the Pancake Kingdom in Nywnshwye is collecting...

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  • Packing List

    CLIMATEThe climate is tropical and is generally classified as hot and dry throughout the year. But the seasons can vary drastically. In the summer (March to May), the temperature rises to 43 ° C during the day and falls to 24 ° C in the night; the relative humidity is about 55 % in the early morning and about 20 % in the afternoon, with no...

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  • Packing List

    Myanmar is the land of sandals, to be specific, thongs. First, it is devastatingly hot. Second, Myanmar is very Buddhist, and temples abound. As a tourist you will probably be visiting a great many temples, at which you must doff your footwear outside, and thongs are the easiest to slip on and off. Outside of the cities, you will probably see no...

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  • Orwell on Burma

    George Orwell spent several years in Burma in the 1920s. Although he is better known for 'Animal Farm' and '1984', his most satisfying novel - this is old Cliffie's opinion - is 'Burmese Days', his searing depiction of the colonial jealousies and frictions that he experienced during his time as an imperial civil servant in up-country Burma. If...

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  • Packing List

    Soft-sided bags are more versatile. Also carry two medium-size bags rather than one huge (and heavy) one. Particularly relevant for negotiating narrow bamboo bridges, jungle trails, or gangplanks. Bring a minimum of light-weight clothing; cottons are more comfortable than synthetics. Additional Burmese-type clothing can be bought inexpensively...

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