Tips

Tips for travelling to Bagan city in Myanmar Asia

Public Health

In general, we recommend the vaccine against hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, and prophylaxis against malaria and dengue.

Aside from vaccinations and medications, note that it is very important to avoid contact with the virus through mosquitoes, this is achieved by using repellents, mosquito nets, long pants and long sleeves with natural fabrics, preferably cotton, not wearing perfumes or colognes, etc …

We must also avoid bathing in stagnant water, drink bottled water, cover open wounds or bleeding, etc. ..

Weather

The best time to visit Myanmar is once they have finished the monsoon winds, ie from November to March is considered peak season so we must be proactive in hiring accommodation for those dates. During this period, there is not much rain neither sweltering heat so we will not see too many mosquitoes that we can transmit malaria and dengue.


 

General Tips

To Bagan have to go without haste. We recommend booking a couple of days or even three to visit and become acclimated to the weather, light and above all to its landscape. You can travel by horse and carriage, taxi, or bike, but whatever the choice the visitor surely will be wonderful. One possibility is to travel by carriage to remote areas, and cycling around near our accommodation.

It is also advisable go to view the Mount Popa (Mount Pope) is a lonely summit surrounded by monasteries and fertile lands. The climb usually takes about 30 minutes down a country road assaulted by monkeys.



Woman’s guide

1) Footwear and your feet – You will be taking your shoes and socks off a lot at pagoda’s and walking all sorts of places on floors, stairs, that you normally would not do barefoot. So take a pkg. of wet towelettes with you to clean your feet. In addition to general dirt you might be walking through bird and monkey dung, spills and garbage.  Wearing slip on sandals is the easiest.A good suggestion is to  wear plastic shoes.  (Croc sandals were comfortable and fit the bill).  At the end of the each day it is possible to soak your feet in the hotel bathtub.  Pack and bring  a pumice stone or small scrub brush as well as some scrubbing material.  After cleaning  your feet throw your plastic shoes in for a soak.  If you don’ t clean your shoes it has defeated the feet washing exercise. Also be aware that sometimes the hotel room floors are not  ‘spick and speck’ so you will want to put your sandals right back on if you aim to get to bed with clean feet.

2) Dress attire- Very quickly you will notice that a very high percentage of the locals wear long skirts.  They are modest and short shorts or above the knee skirts are frowned upon. Regardless how comfortable you might be in them, once in Myanmar you will or should be conscious of just how wrong they are in this country. Crop length pants seem to be the best as long pants tend to end the day with dirty cuffs.  Also, an ankle length skirt or a knee length skirt works well.  Skirts are also easier for maneuvering the bathrooms.




3)Bathrooms- Always go to the bathroom with a few tissues up your sleeve.  Even toilets recommended by guides might just be a whole in the ground.  Hold your breath and squat low! An aid, something like a ‘wopeeh’ might be handy. Aren’t you glad your shoes are plastic and you can wash them tonight? Seldom found are facilities with both running water and soap.  And fewer times less was there anything to dry your hands on. That’s also where your towelettes help you also. Even a high end hotel lobby bathroom, while spotless, only provided a box of facial tissues as the drying option for hands.

You can’t miss the rising and the setting of the sun from the tops of temples and pagodas!!

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