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    Drinking water

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 26, 2013

    This is not exactly an warning, but an advice. As you know, when in Burma you should drink only bottled water. I am not sure, but I didn't find mineral drinking water. We find easily drinking water, but without minerals. If you are cycling or making a trekking and drink a lot of this water you wil become weak due to the lose of minerals. Include juice fruits and other liquids, such as tea, in your diet, or buy some salts in a pharmacy to add to the water.

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    Money

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 24, 2013

    You need some USD to pay for public transportation and services, as well in some hotels.
    In banks you can change USD, EUR and other well known currencies. The best rate I got in the country was at Mandalay airport, just beside the luggage area [1 EUR = 1319 MMK, Octobre 5th 2013].
    At Money changers, only USD are accepted to change.
    ATM are becoming popular in the country, especially at the airports and in the downtown of big or tourist cities. I have found them in Mandalay, Bagan, Nyaung Shwe and Yangon.

    The bills must be new, unmarked and in excellent condition! For USD, the best rates are with 100 and 50 bills.

    At Nyaung Shwe At Yangon Airport

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    by bangkokjim Updated May 9, 2013

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    Travel agency

    by huubjurgers Written Nov 30, 2012

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    Warning: About Shan Yoma Travel & Tours agency in Yangon:
    \We had an itinerary there and it was BAD BAD BAD!
    $ 2150 pp for 21 days!
    I'll come back later but absolutely don't do business with them.
    They 'bought' their so-called award!
    Better got to 'Myanmar Diaries!'
    A bit more expensive but OK
    I'll write more on this later.
    HJ

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    Watch what you eat

    by etfromnc Written Oct 17, 2012

    Burmese food can be every bit as delicious as its Thai and Vietnamese cousins, but eating meat there can be a chastening experience. According to one Bagan cafe owner, chickens can be kept for as long as 15 years before being slaughtered, after they finally stop laying eggs. I do not need to tell you that meat from a 15-year-old is hardly succulent and tender. Similarly, a short walk through Nyaungshwe market’s meat stalls is fascinating, but won’t leave you hungry for beef. Instead, go veggie. Thanks to the huge Buddhist population, options are plentiful. The ethnic Shan food is especially good for non-meat eaters, with hearty noodle broths supplemented with super-fresh greens, many grown on the floating fields around Inle Lake.

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    14th most dangerous country?

    by etfromnc Updated Oct 17, 2012

    On 12 August, Travel + Leisure magazine rated Myanmar (Burma) the 14th most dangerous country in the world. From my experience, it is one of only two of the 50 countries which I have visited where I was consistently aware that my life could end or be seriously limited at any moment. My first visit to Myanmar was not a Kipling cruise nor a hot-air balloon ride. It was more a matter of fording rain-swollen streams and rivers, and if you read my intro page, you know that I had no proper gear nor clothing for nature adventures. We also did such fun things as walk through mine infested areas with strong encouragement to follow directly in the footprints of our Karen leader. Wearing leather soled loafers, that was quite a challenge for me, especially since each hill seemed to be endowed with its own new rain storm.

    Travel + Leisure had this to say last week:

    The Allure: Play Kipling on a cruise down the Irrawaddy River, enjoy hot-air ballooning over ancient Bagan, and wander the market stalls in Yangon, the capital.

    The Warning: Burma is ruled by a ruthless military junta that is suspicious of foreign visitors. Travelers should assume their activities are being watched. Routine medical care is inadequate. There is no State Department warning on Burma, but U.S. Treasury sanctions ban the import of Burmese souvenirs or gifts. Burma is a cash society, so don’t plan on using credit cards, ATM cards, or traveler’s checks. Please read my dietary warning as well.

    Go or No? This place is for the very adventurous traveler only. The Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board in Yangon can provide a list of tour operators.

    I feel that Myanmar rates a rank higher than 14. Ask Aung Sun Sue Kye now that she is no longer under house arrest but she has not been allowed to assume the position to which she was elected, President of Burma.

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    $10 airport tax!!!

    by Mique Updated May 18, 2012

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    Quite a few people don't realise that they have to pay $10 airport tax when they leave Burma since it is one of the few airports in asia at least that haven't included the airport tax in the tickets yet. And it is quite tempting to spend the last dollars thinking that you can get money once you land in Bangkok/Doha/Home..... , many people end up in trouble at the airport. Not sure what happens but it could be that you pay with your credit card there (provided that you have one) or that they have to borrow money from fellow passengers but it is wise to keep this much money at least so you don't need to find out.

    Nowadays the airport tax is included in the ticket for ALL airlines. So no need to pay tax at the airport anymore.

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    Tap or local water

    by stevemt Written Feb 18, 2012

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    Do NOT drink tap or local water. Use only bottled water you have bought.

    This includes ice in drinks, cleaning your teeth, salads (not that you find many of them in this country, except perhaps in top class hotels which would be ok.)

    Remember also that food served on plates at roadside food stalls have probably been served on plates that have been rinsed in cold water that has been in a bucket all day. The problem is not with hot food, it's with the washing up facilities.

    This is a general warning that extends all over south east asia/

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    BEWARE OF SNAKES IN MYANMAR..

    by DennyP Updated Feb 6, 2012

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    SNAKES
    When travelling in the countryside in Myanmar BEWARE of snakes..Myanmar has a large range of different snakes and many are venomous that pocess neurotoxic venoms that are deadly. Many people die of snake bite each year in Myanmar usually because of the lack of fast medical and hospital attention.. The hospitals in Myanmar are not likely to have any anti-venene so if you are bitten it can have a serious outcome.
    Myanmar has the largest snake in the world and is commonly known as the Burmese Python this snake can grow up to 5 meters in length and is extremely dangerous . The main snakes to worry about are the snakes that you would come in contact with while out walking. There are some common sense things to remember..
    WATCH WHERE YOU ARE WALKING
    ALWAYS WEAR A GOOD PAIR OF HIKING / WALKING BOOTS/ SHOES.
    BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
    STAY CLEAR OF ANY SNAKES THAT YOU MAY COME ACROSS.
    DON'T BE INQISITIVE..WITH ANY SNAKES.
    ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL TORCH AS MANY SNAKES ARE IN DARK AND COOL AREAS OUT OF THE EXTREME SUNSHINE. IE: TEMPLES AND THE LIKE...EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN IN THESE PLACES.
    CONSIDER ALL SNAKES VENOMOUS.

    HUGE BURMESE PYTHON..EXTREMELY DANGEROUS RED SPOTTED PIT VIPER ..EXTREMELY VENOMOUS. NEVER BE WITHOUT A SMALL RELIABLE TORCH ON YOU EASTERN WATER SNAKE ...MYANMAR WOLF SNAKE ...MYANMAR
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    MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCES ARE COVERED

    by DennyP Updated Dec 13, 2011

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    When travelling to/ through Myanmar make sure that your finances are covered...The only currency that is accepted for Entry and Departure taxes is US Dollars...These US dollar bills must be in pristine condition...crisp and new otherwise they will not be accepted by government authorities entering and departing ALL the different regions you will visit in your stay as there is an entry AND departure tax....Make sure that you have some bills in small denominations ie:$5's $10's and $20's. When paying taxes always try and have the correct amount in US $'s thus avoiding change in Burmese "Kyiat" at a really lousy exchange rate.This will also ensure that you will not be left with a lot of worthless Burmese "KYAT " currency when you leave.
    There are no ATM machines. The bank will give you a really low rate and travellers cheques are not accepted anywhere. Best exchange rates on your money can be negotiated at your hotel. DONOT exchange money in the street it is illegal.

    MAKE SURE ALL US$'sFOR XCHANGE ARE  CRISP & NEW DEPARTING HEHO AIRPORT WITH AIR BAGAN FOR YANGON MANDALAY AIRPORT...ARRIVALS.. CROSSING THE BEST EXCHANGE RATES NEGOTIATED AT YOUR HOTEL
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    TRAVEL INSURANCE IS A MUST IN S.E.ASIA

    by DennyP Written Dec 13, 2011

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    S.E.ASIA.
    I love to travel through S.E.Asia and also know what the medical system is like..Make sure that you are ALWAYS carrying travel insurance..it is a must! When I prepare to travel I always carry with me a Travel Insurance contract that will cover me for all the countries that I will be travelling in and also I take out a special" repatriation clause that will get me back home in case of dire emergency. Travelling is great fun but accidents unfortunately happen anywhere and anytime.Hospital stays can be horrendously expensive also some times hard to find. You know mother nature can play a hand as well I was once caught in an earthquake in Peru with no notice at all. A lot of travellers indulge in wonderful and sometimes very dangerous activities without giving it a second thought. but as they say:
    DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

    ELEPHANTS GETTING TOO PLAYFUL NOW YOU PROMISE TO BE A GOOD BOY NOW!!
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    ALWAYS CARRY A PONCHO OR UMBRELLA

    by DennyP Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    While travelling through Burma and ALL of South East Asia I always carried a poncho with me as it can rain at any time and when it does it is extremely heavy. The weather can change in a minute and to be in an exposed areas such as out on Lake Inle as happens I was glad that I was carrying it. My poncho also covers my backpack as well. The poncho is light , small and when rolled up fits into my pocket no problem..

    A SMALL GOING ASHORE TO MARKETS  LAKE INLE WATERWAY TO  ENTRANCE LAKE INLE  AT NYAUNGSCHWE OUT ON LAKE INLE ONE OF MANY WATERWAY ROADS AROUND THE LAKE
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    ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF WATER HERE

    by DennyP Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    MYANMAR (BURMA)
    When travelling out and about in Myanmar ALWAYS make sure that due to the excessive heat you will need to carry plenty of fresh water. This in a lot of areas this is not easy to find. So, before you set out for the day have more than sufficient bottled fresh water for your daily needs . I found the heat in Burma to be the most extreme that I have have ever endured travelling anywhere. The best and cheapest option is to always buy large bottles at the supermarket and keep them in the hostel/hotel refrigerator.This way I always new that they were not "refills" with ordinary water...ALWAYS check the caps to make sure that the seal has not been broken .I once got caught this way and suffered for a few days with extremely bad stomach problems...

    OUT AND ABOUT..A VERY LONG WALK .LAKE INLE.. OUT AND ABOUT SCHWENDAGON PAGODA YANGON OUT AND ABOUT   MY TRUSTY STEED BAGAN OUT AND ABOUT BY BICYCLE .NO PARKING PROBLEMS. CARRY SUFFICENT WATER FOR YOUR DAY OUT
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    Internet Access

    by gabriellefox Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is no public access available to the internet. "Illegal use of a modem" is punishable by 15 years in prison. The SLORC is very serious about not letting any information in or out. In 1996 Leo Nichols was arrested for "Illegal use of a fax machine." He died in prison shortly after being arrested. Only a couple servers that we know of are inside the country, but they are privately owned, or within the US consulate.

    The End
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    Photographing Government Buildings. Don't Do It

    by Hmmmm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Don't Do as I did here and photograph Government buildings. After taking this photo here of the Kawthoung Burmese Immigration Office, on the northern Coast of Snake Island, I was told by my guides to Put my camera in my bag. I could be arrested. Or at least my Camera could be confiscated.

    The guides were quite serious, and told me later that the Army, which rules the country with an Iron fist, do not tolerate such liberties.

    Kawthoung Burmese Immigration Office

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