Leading Culture and Adventure Travel Blog by Becki Enright. Looking at the world with a different angle to change perceptions of misunderstood places, for the forex Bagan in travel. This overview on travel to Myanmar was updated: February 2019. Constant revisions, alongside access to regular tourism updates via affiliated tourism groups and businesses, ensure that this article remains as a comprehensive travel guide to Myanmar on the web.
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Learning Burmese is Helpful, Not Essential16. Check here for news articles and updates on the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar, which is posing a difficult moral choice about whether is it ethical to travel to Myanmar at a time where over half a million Rohingya refugees have had to flee the country because of violence. Choosing to travel there at this time is, of course, a personal decision since other regions in Myanmar are separate to this conflict. Still, it is good to be well-informed about the situation, political tensions and the Myanmar government’s actions which are not reflective of its people overall. Southeast Asia travel trail now, but as a country which has only recently opened its doors to tourism over the past decade, travelling here means facing many challenges that you do not necessarily encounter on the same scale as other countries in the region. Be prepared for the different kind of travel you will encounter in Myanmar, and don’t believe the scaremongering about the ridiculous expense and immense difficulties that are putting many people off travelling here. The beauty of being in Myanmar is in not knowing what will happen and in the understanding that both you as a traveller, alongside the local people are helping to bring about a new beginning.
Tourism in Myanmar is a new lifeline, providing it does not eventually ruin the country, which is a current concern. I pulled together after travelling through the country for one month. More so in light of the recent Rohingya Crisis, this is now a more common question. Generally, travel to Myanmar is considered safe with no tourist related violence having been reported in the known traveller circuit of Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Hsipaw, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay and the Mergui Archipelago. I never once felt in danger, and nor did I feel in danger despite the curfews in some places. I was always advised to avoid any protests and demonstrations and be more cautious should there be a military event, celebration or rally. While no foreign office or state departments are placing high warnings or statements suggesting avoiding travel to Myanmar unless necessary, there is updated advice since the end of 2017 does show a warning for significant risk of violence in the Rakhine state and the northwestern region of the country.