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1. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

can anyone tell me if burma is safe at the moment? thinking of going there in about 2 weeks but i was told yesterday that its a bit dodgy at the moment!

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Not that dangerous. But just be alert if you are there. Its politically unstable few years back since the army junta took over the country.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 9y

I went to Myanmar last year and I felt totaly safe and as far as know nothing has changed. It it not a dangerous country for tourists - the military junta actually want to encourage visitors to the country. The regime have an apalling reputation for the way they treat their own people though, which is why there is a debate as to whether visitors should go or not. It's best to read up on the pros and cons of going before you go, and if you do decide to go, make sure that your money, as far as you can help it, goes to private enterprises and not the government. Lonely Planet only list privately run guesthouses, restaurants etc so its a good idea to get this before you go.

if you do decide to go, you will find that its a fantastic country and the people are amazing and I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time - I did. I 'm planning to go back one day and see the things I missed.

send me a personal message if you want any more info.:)

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5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Mac:)

I doubt, that as a tourist u would be in any danger in Burma.
Check this link. Burma is one of the safest countries in the world, at the moment to visit, as a tourist. The light green countries are the safe ones.
http://comebackalive.com/site3.php?page_id=9
The only thing that may get u into trouble is being politically active, but that would usually just get u deported.
When applying for the visa, dont say u are a journalist, writer, anything to do with TV, or a photographer. This may prevent u from getting the visa. Also, if u are taking a camrea, computer, typewriter etc into the country, have an explanation ready, as to why. Basically, explain that u only have these things for tourist activities and nothing else.

What have u heard, that makes u feel it may be dangerous, at the moment, to travel in Burma?

Mel

6. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

Ive been to Burma as a backpacker and can assure u its very safe. In fact one of the reasons its so safe is its appalling human rights recored - u really wouldnt want to land up in a Burmese gaol, as the general sentiment goes.

And to avoid international forore and high insurance payouts, the junta puts an emphasis on keeping tourists alive and well- ull get to see cleaner, and obviosly more expensive "foreigner only toilets", and some more dangerous modes of transport (ie the pickup at Kyaiktyo) refuse to take foreigners beyond a certain altitude, also the penalty for hitting a foreigner with an automobile is said to be 10,000 US dollars and a long time in jail.... So just dont do anything vaguely political eg openly taking photos of military installations/Aung San Suu Kyi's home and you should have a great time in Myanmar. Im looking forward to another trip back to the golden land too, so much more remains to be seen

7. Posted by QCLisa (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

I just was in Myanmar with my husband a few weeks ago. We were in Yangon, Mandalay, Inle, Pindaya, Heho, and Bagan. There is no reason for you to worry about personal safety on the ground (some of the planes are a little scarey). I never had any problems and my husband is as American looking as you can get. I found the average Burmese to be very nice. In fact, we had one of the most pleasant experiences I have ever had at a hotel in Pindaya. Inle Lake was AMAZING and if we had resorts like some of those there, here in the U/S, it would be booked for years! My one regret is not spending more time there.

Now, there is a HUGE fear of the current government. NOBODY in Myanmar will talk about it for fear of being jailed. I had a nagging feeling that the government "keeps tabs" on what happens with you and who you interact with. It would not shock me to find out that my bags were gone through by them.

If you want more information, feel free to send me a private message.

Bottom line, go, have a great time. I saw things that were amazing and learned things I would have never expected. I would go back, especially to Inle.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 10, 2007, at 4:52 PM by QCLisa ]

8. Posted by linly (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

been there and i felt safe, burma is one of the nice place on earth, i am thai and i were stuning by temples..(as a budhhist )and i found that burmese are very kind,they pleased to help tourists but sadly that the media always say about negative things. I just forgot it! life is just once go there and see myself, i always wish that i will be there once again..

may i advise that u can catch up low cost airline in bkk direct to burma: very easy

linly

9. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

For all the same reasons mentioned above, I say go. The Myanmar people are absolutely amazing. Their government, not so much.

10. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

thanks for all the replies guys, sounds like a great place! i think im probably gonna go now. can u recommend the best things to see there in about a 10 day time frame?

to answer your question Mel, an english guy thats been working in chang mai for a few years said it was a bit dangerous around the north of the country near the border with a lot of military activity! would you recommend entering over land or should i just try and catch a flight??

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 15, 2007, at 2:25 AM by mac1234 ]