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Health and Safety
Health and Safety
Health and well-being
The general standard of healthcare in Myanmar is poor. Sanitation is lacking as well as proper medical facilities especially in rural areas. Pharmacies and hospitals may not be available during parts of your travel and we advice to bring a full supply of any prescription medicine you are required to take before starting your holiday in Myanmar. We strongly urge not to undergo any invasive treatments in Myanmar, for more serious injuries treatment in neighboring Thailand may be necessary. Each traveler is responsible for his or her own health. First and foremost, make sure that you have travel insurance for your trip. You should also consult your doctor or local travel clinic for the latest information and advice on travelling to Myanmar before departure.
Please note: If you have a medical condition or allergy which requires particular attention, carry a doctor’s letter with you that describes the nature of the condition and treatment needed. We also recommend you pack a medical kit, including paracetamol and a diarrhea remedy.
There are many vaccinations needed when travelling to this part of the world. It is important you ensure you have adequate protection against disease. Book an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic, no less than two months before your departure.
Compulsory Travel Insurance
Best Tour Myanmar does everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. However, travel inevitably involves some risk and this should be recognized by vacation-makers. Travel insurance is a cost effective way of protecting yourself and your equipment should any problems occur such as cancelled trips, delays, medical emergencies, baggage loss or damage. It also gives you peace of mind. Please also ensure your travel insurance covers all activities planned on your vacation.
Culture & Customs
Etiquette and cultural differences
Part of traveling to another part of the world is to experience differences in culture and customs. Trying to adapt to local customs is part of being a good guest. The Myanmar people are typically easy going and forgiving when travelers are not intimately familiar with their customs.
Pay attention to:
• Try not to show annoyance or anger by shouting or becoming abusive. It is considered extremely impolite and is unlikely to achieve a positive outcome. In Myanmar, people always try to be considerate towards others feelings before taking an action and will always try to avoid making others “lose face”.
• Avoid touching other persons heads and feet. Also do not point with your feet to items or people. It is considered extremely rude.
• Public displays of affection between friends of the same gender are not considered strange, however lovers do not generally show their affections in public.
• It is customary to take of your shoes and socks before entering persons homes, temples and various other buildings. You are usually cued by the many shoes standing in front of the door.
• Myanmar people normally greet each other with “where are you going”, however the more formal “Mingalabar” is widely used by foreigners and appreciated
Temple visit etiquette
Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country and foreigners are always welcomed in temples and Monasteries. However, it is important that a few simple rules of etiquette are followed:
• Dress appropriately and act with the utmost respect when visiting Zedi (pagodas) or monasteries.
• Do not wear shorts or tank tops and make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.
• Take of your hat and leave your shoes at the entrance of any temple or monastery grounds.
• If you sit down in front of the dais (the platform on which the Buddha’s are placed), sit with your feet to the side rather than in the lotus position.
• Never point your finger or the soles of your feet towards a person or a figure of the Buddha.
• A woman may accept something from a monk but should never touch a monk.
• Show respect and turn off mobile phones, remove headphones, lower your voice and avoid in appropriate conversation.
Food and drink
It is not advisable to drink tap water in Myanmar. Bottled water is cheap and widely available.
Myanmar food is a mixture of Indian and Chinese cuisine. Local curries and soups are also a staple. Most meals are based around rice. The national dish is Mohinga, rice vermicelli in fish broth with onion, garlic and lime, served with fish cakes and fritters.
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