Myanmar is an amazing travel destination, there is such an abundance of colour, exotic places and interesting attractions. Few persons have heard about Myanmar, some only know it as Burma, the old name, and most people have the same reaction when they hear something like this from northern Thailand’s neighbors: “Myanmar, is this a country?”
It is also amazing, impressive and hits you as a cold shower since you take the first step in the airport. Even though I seriously prepared myself before heading out this summer, nothing prepared me for the reality that you will discover there. Whether you want to get there in the very near future, or want to enrich your general culture a little, you should know a few things about Myanmar.
Vaccines: And here’s how we get to the favorite topic of all tourists and, precisely why, something more delicate. Is it safe or not to travel to Myanmar (and not only) if you are in good health? Well, what we can tell you is what we chose and what made us make a decision or another. We started at the end of 2017 on a longer trip and didn’t know exactly where we were going. That is why before I left I got typhoid and diphtheria / antitetanus vaccines. It is true, however, that we met during our trip quite a few tourists who did not take any precautionary measures. What we advise you is that, if you are uncertain, talk to a specialist doctor before explaining in detail what to do. Only then will you be able to make the best decision, whether or not to get vaccinated.
As you walk on these meadows, it is almost impossible not to notice on the street red spots, the bleeding that are closely related to this practice. Once you have started chewing this tobacco, it not only causes addiction, but also very hard teeth. If you come across a kun-ya-loving taxi driver, you need to be prepared to slow down every minute to open the door and spit. Not at all delicate, if you ask us, it is even scruffy. Going back to more earthly habits, however, you will notice that most people wear slippers here. And not any kind of slab, but some of the velvet. This is at least weird, given that the whole country is covered in dust, whether it’s cities or villages. I understood why you slap. As often as you have to go barefoot, it is a convenient, cheap and ingenious option. But why the velvet? We have no. If anyone knows, give us some news. Find additional info at Myanmar travel information.
The food: What is to be said in the food chapter should be considered as more than subjective. We know that many like it, but we don’t. Close to nothing. As I said before, we excluded the street food option from the beginning, because we found it unhealthy. Moreover, the preparations they serve in traditional restaurants did not give us back. Not even their famous noodles. The only preparation we really enjoyed and ordered several times was a green tea salad that turned out to be absolutely delicious. Otherwise, we thought that Burmese cuisine is an unfortunate combination of ingredients and tastes that do not fit well. We repeat, this is how we perceived things, because we met a lot of people who glorified the traditional restaurant preparations, and even the street food.
Burmese food is a combination of Thai, Indian and Chinese. I recommend eating fresh food on the street, a little bit of everything you do with your eye. The pineapple chicken from Innwa is really good. Do not venture to European food, Burmese are not very good at it. Women don’t go to bars in the evening. Those who, however, dare to do so are very poorly seen. The rule does not apply to tourists. Read more info on Places to visit in Myanmar.