Burma Warnings and Dangers

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Burma Warnings and Dangers

  • Money Matters.

    Rangoon Warnings and Dangers

    YANGON(RANGOON) THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT..When travelling in Burma ..as US Dollars are the currency of choice...make sure firstly that you have enough for your trip. (cash). I carried with me about a hundred dollars in small denominations a couple of $20's, $10's, $5's and singles..when paying taxes (entry and departure) try and have the...

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  • Footpaths / pavements.

    Rangoon Warnings and Dangers

    The footpaths in Yangon are highly irregular to say the least! There are a range of pavement styles, and few are without major subsidence, large cracks, uneven joins, and/or gaping big holes! Most of the holes will be full of litter and beetle nut spittle, and look fairly gross. Not to mention the harm you could do to legs, shins, ankles and feet...

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  • Power cuts.

    Rangoon Warnings and Dangers

    ALWAYS CARRY A TORCH WITH YOU HERE Due to the fact that the electricity can be turned off at any time of the day or night ..to carry a torch with you here is imperative..You will notice here that all of the large hotels and hostels have large generators mostly out the front for power backup..unfortuneately the poorer establishments don't have...

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  • Water / hydration.

    Rangoon Warnings and Dangers

    BURMA I found travelling in Burma (Myanmar) to be the hottest place that I have ever been anywhere that I have travelled. When "out and about" for the day ALWAYS make sure that you carry with you more than sufficient fresh bottled water with you for the day. To say this place is like a furnace is an understatement. The chance of getting...

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  • Drinking water

    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...

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  • Money

    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...

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  • Travel agency

    LSWarning: 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 OKI'll write more on this later.HJ

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  • Watch what you eat

    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...

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  • 14th most dangerous country?

    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...

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  • $10 airport tax!!!

    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...

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  • Tap or local water

    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...

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  • BEWARE OF SNAKES IN MYANMAR..

    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...

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  • MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCES ARE COVERED

    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...

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  • TRAVEL INSURANCE IS A MUST IN S.E.ASIA

    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"...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY A PONCHO OR UMBRELLA

    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...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF WATER HERE

    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...

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  • Internet Access

    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...

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  • Photographing Government Buildings....

    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...

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  • Beware the Smiley, Powdered Children.

    Beside the multitude of cats, roasted fish and coconuts, Burma seems to be inundated with curious kids. This kids will approach you en masse and in a single chat say "HELLO!". Ignore them... Really, Little blighters they should be seen and not heard!Don't be sucked in by their infectious smiles, their natural exuberance and their sincere curiosity....

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  • Laugh & the world laughs with u, poo & u...

    Diahorrea is a major problem for most travellers & in reality it's a game of Russian Roulette. Two people can have the same meal & just one may get it, for the source, time & point of contamination is near impossible to determine. Perhaps the cook went to the loo & just touched your cut of the pie after.... aw grooooo. There really is no way to...

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  • CARRY AND USE A STRONG MOSQUITO...

    WHEN TRAVELLING IN AND AROUND THE TROPICS ALWAYS CARRY AND USE A RELIABLE STRONG MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT AS MALARIA AND DENGUE FEVER ARE PREVELANT OTHER HANDY ITEMS I ALWAYS CARRY ARE: SMALL PACKET OF TISSUES (IN CASE THE ROLL IS EMPTY) A SMALL TUBE GOOD SUNSCREEN CREAM

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  • Great Culture - Opressive Government

    Burma is now known as Myanmar. It has been a while since I have been to Myanmar, and yes, - it was Burma then. However I like to keep up on current events and how they relate to travellers. Be aware that the country is very unstable and internal incidents and events are frequent. That being said, - a country is not necessarily the same as its...

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  • VISIT BURMA MYANMAR UNION OF MYANMAR ETC

    Let us leave the political situation.. get back to travelling..whenever you see Pizza and spaghetti and capuccino.. you know that it is touristy.. in a country where tea is the popular drink, but i can understand the tourist wanting something differnt than curry, vegetables and noodles.Bgan, Inle Lake, Ngapali beach are touristy in that the Major...

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  • Dont be Naive.. Please come and visit...

    I highly recommend that you go.. the people are wonderful and the boycotts etc. hurt those without money and not those who have contact with govt such as guest house owners, hotel owners, restaurant owners etc. the people at the tea shops and those eking out a living in the markets ( not those vultures who descend upon you at the bogyoke market a...

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  • Airport porters

    Be careful at the airport with the porters. No, don't worry, they'll not steal anything form you. But it can happen that you get out of the cab (when you arrive by car) and 2 porters try to get your luggage out already even if you have only half a suitcase. And of course they want to be recompensated for their 'efforts'. Ok, i understand that they...

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  • US $$'s-Mint, crisp notes only, Please!

    Myanmar does not have any ATM's, nor are credit cards accepted (except at some upscale hotels).SO YOU NEED CASH!Carry US $'s... But NEW CRISP NOTES only! No tears or scribbles on the notes, or sometimes even new but crumpled notes are not accepted. Mint clean crisp notes are what you want to carry with you.This is important as you can find yourself...

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  • Always Carry a flashlight.

    Myanmar is a realtively safe place for tourists, but there are FREQUENT POWER CUTS at night, and daily too. So ALWAYS carry a flashlight with you, even during the day, as the return to your hotel may be after dark. It's easy to get lost in the dark (and sometimes with the lights on too.)Don't worry though. The Burmese locals are a very sweet...

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  • Weird, but true (September 07 monk...

    This is Shwedagong pagoda, a really beautiful structure that is the spiritual home for many Burmese. However, in recent days, it has become the center of protest and the government's violent response so it has been closed down - hopefully, temporarily.If you're traveling in the country, please be careful.

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  • monsoon rains

    I had truly forgotten the fury of monsoon rains. it is early july and i am in yangon. the rain is so incessant and pouring down that i have to change clothes each time i leave the hotel and come back. but the burmese go about nonchalantly/ longyi is much better to wear in this weather than pants.. umbrella is a must of course and then navigate...

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  • it is fourth of July and it is raining...

    driving into town from the airport I noticed how lush and green everything looked. There is a reason, the incessant rain. this afternoon the rain continued and it is now close to 11pm in the internet cafe i am writing this from, wireless mind you, and the rain is coming down. so those of you who are not used to the monsoon rains, july is the rainy...

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  • The high cost of school education

    Monday, June 25, 2007High Cost of High School EducationYour o­nline news report "Rangoon Schools Face Investigation over ‘Maintenance Fund’" is absolutely right. Corruption at the government-own High School No. 1 of Dagon Township in Rangoon is the worst. They don't care about anybody. If you want your child to be put in A or B classes [the best...

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  • Getting dollars back

    Be carefull when you pay in dollars and you don't have the exact amount. I never had a bad experience until we wanted to by train tickets in Mandalay. We had to buy them at the MTT-office there. Fortunately they had already told us that there were tickets available so they couldn't get back on that . My friend had the exact change, i didn't. First...

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  • The worthless sanctions against Burma

    on 8th March 2007, there was an op ed page article on International Herald Tribune. It described how worthless the US sanctions have been in Burma, has done nothing to budge the generals. While Thailand is its biggest investor, China does a lions share of energy investinga and Russia just got the contract for offshore drilling. India the largest...

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  • Exchanging money in Myanmar

    There are no ATMs in Myanmar! And places do not take credit cards. This makes dealing with money rather difficult. Prior to arriving, make sure you have lots of U.S. dollars (Euros are accepted as well, but dollars appear to be most prevalent).Huge importance: Bring $20s and $100s, as this will get you the best exchange rate. Make sure the bills...

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  • Rules while visiting Shwedagon or other...

    It is important to keep in mind that Shwedagon paya is a sacred and holy place, so a visitor should always conduct oneself peacefully, quietly and respectfully, so keep in mind: Always keep your voice lowered and at a respectful tone while within the walls (honor locals’ meditation)Dress should always be modest. Footwear should be removed before...

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  • Souvenir vendors

    One thing that you'll have to struggle with, is souvenir vendors. Specially children selling postcards. In fact whenever you reached a sight, you could get surrounded by a dozen of people trying to get a precious dollar from you. Some of them were even eager to follow you all around. The problem was at its worse in Mingun outside Mandalay.You soon...

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  • Safety in Mynamar

    Personal safety in Mynamar is not an issue so no special precautions are needed. Despite it is a very poor country and in many cases you'll find yourself surrounded by many souvenir vendors (specially children) I soon found out that noone showed any intention to harm me or try to steal anything from me. In fact I had always my wallet in my back...

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  • No Credit Cards, Cheques/Clean Dollar...

    Credit cards and traveller's cheques are not accepted in Burma. Make sure that the dollars/euros you bring look new. Not torn, not dirty, nothing written on them - otherwise you will have trouble exchaning them. Also, if paying in USD and getting money back, make sure that the notes are OK.For some strange reason, a 100 dollar-note gets a better...

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  • Honest people

    One great thing about Burma is not having to constantly watch your back. I left my bicycle parked for almost 2 hours with my backpack in the basket. It was in a fairly high foot traffic area. When I came back, guess what?? The backpack was still there, with all the stuff inside. Try that in Rio, Paris, or New York !!

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  • No Hotmail

    When I was in Myanmar in Dec 2005, Hotmail was banned throughout the country. So don't rely on having access to it. However, gmail worked as did my university email account. So if you haven't got a non-hotmail account before you leave for myanmar, make sure you set one up.

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  • Don't get caught - Check flight...

    Make sure if you are flying internally that you confirm the time that your flight departs before you get to the airport. This is a particularly so if you are travelling when the weather is changeable.Our experience with this was not good!We had booked a flight leaving Heho for Yangon at 1.30pm. We got to the airport early (as you do) and then found...

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  • Don't take trains in Burma!

    Is not a danger, but it colud be really annoying! We took the train from Yangoon to Mandalay because some friends told us it was a good way to travel and see the landscape! BUT the train was brooken and it took 32 hours instead of 16 to reach Mandalay!!!If you really want to try to take the train take a lot of food with you, and don't eat what they...

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  • Heat like none I had known

    Today is 9 april 2006. I am writing this from Yangon Myanmar. For the past few days I have been here and staying at a lovely air conditioned Excel Treasure Hotel. But during the day, getting around by taxis and getting your business done is made extremely difficult by the torrential heat. I live in Cuba so I do know something about Heat. We have a...

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  • Annoying things about Burma...

    ... for the travellerAll individual tourists have to change 200$ into FECs on arrival. FECs are tied to the dollar and can be used to pay for accommodation, entrance fees, train and air travel (NOT for buses and restaurants!!).For a 'present' of 5$ you can lower this sum to 100$, but this is only necessary if you stay in the country for less than 3...

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