The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. It is home to more than 100 ethnic groups. There are a huge array of tourist sites to explore here, including beach resorts, jungles, native tribes, ancient ruins and vast cities. The culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism, although there is also evidence of Indian and Chinese influences in the architecture, food and traditions of the country.
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The political situation in Myanmar is unstable, with protests, conflicts and the possibility of violence in certain areas. In general, crime against tourists is rare, but it is possible, so you should always take sensible precautions and look after your personal possessions properly. Areas surrounding the border with China are not advised for tourists to visit due to the likelihood of armed conflicts and ongoing military activity. Many destinations within Myanmar are subject to restrictions or limitations – check the information and recommendations for your specific area of travel before beginning your trip.
During the rainy season from May to October flooding is widespread and roads may become damaged or impassable. If you need medical treatment while in Myanmar, head to the cities of Rangoon or Mandalay, where you are most likely to receive advice and treatment of a reasonable standard. Outside of these areas, medical care may not be available. Hygiene standards are not the same as in the UK, so avoid any extensive treatment unless it is an emergency. Drink only bottled water and take care of what you choose to eat.
There are mosquitos in Myanmar, and reported cases of Japanese Encephalitis and dengue fever, which can be fatal, so consult a travel clinic to discuss vaccination for Japanese encephalitis before your trip. Take all possible precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos by using insect repellent with 50% deet.
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