How to Stay Safe While Traveling in Myanmar

As awesome and exotic Myanmar is to travel to, just like with any unfamiliar place whether down the street, across your town, state or even across the globe, it pays to stay safe. Staying safe doesn’t mean that you’re traveling to an unsafe place but it means that you conduct yourself in such a way that you maximize your personal security and safety regardless of where you go. This is true when traveling to Rome, Italy or London, England or in this case Myanmar. Keep the following tips in mind so you enjoy the exotic charms of Myanmar without getting your expectations dashed or coming home with a bad taste in your mouth about this Southeast Asian hidden travel gem.

Venture Out With a Tour Group

When going traveling, whether checking out Bagan, exploring the exotic temples of Yangon or taking in the precolonial splendor and grandeur of Mandalay, you need to travel with a group of people preferably with your tour group along with your tour guides. Usually, regardless of where you’re traveling, whether that’s in Europe, America or Asia, when you’re in a tour group, you are less susceptible to crime or other hazards because there’s security in numbers. Moreover, since all of you are traveling together in a group you’re more likely to look out for each other.

Travel During Daytime Hours

Most crimes occur during nighttime hours, that’s why it’s crucial that you arrange all your activities to be during daytime hours when traveling in Myanmar. Ideally, you should travel why it’s cool. Just like any tropical Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar can really hot and humid especially around noon time. It’s a good idea to gather and get the group together at the break of dawn, head out and check out the sites, hit the local restaurants and enjoy yourselves before noon time. This way, it’s still relatively cool and you enjoy the security of being out in broad daylight.

Focus on Common Tourist Spots When Traveling in Myanmar

By basing your travel itinerary on locations that are geared towards travelers, you gain an added measure of security because these places already expect tourists and made provisions for your safety and security. Compare this with traveling to a spot that is quite remote and is unfamiliar to tourists and travelers. In that particular situation, you might just be opening yourself up to all sorts of hazards and security issues. It’s much better to focus on common tourist spots but at the same time truly enjoying the local attractions. This means you don’t have to visit tourist traps but you can still enjoy a truly fulfilling and satisfying exotic travel experience.

Nothing spoils a trip worse than security and safety issues. Maximize your enjoyment of Myanmar by following the basic tips above. These tips aren’t rocket science but they’re pretty much common sense. Unfortunately, in the rush to explore, appreciate and enjoy such an exotic travel treasure like Myanmar, common sense can sometimes be quite uncommon. Keep these tips in mind to truly enjoy a memorable Myanmar travel experience.

Top 10 Must Haves in a Girly Girl Handbag – How to Travel Smart and Stay Safe At The Same Time?

There can be 101 things that are seemingly important to bring everywhere along, just in case you need it. Every girl is unique, what I think is important might be unnecessary for others.

Big bags can be trendy, but it is not exactly practical in a foreign country. Branded flashy bags are one of the worst things to flaunt since this is what thieves will spot first. Functional bags with simple designs are the best!

No, I am not going to list camera and map being important here. Because it is something majority will bring anyway. This list is recommended for girly girls who want to travel smart and stay safe at a foreign country.

1) No girly girl goes out without carrying a basic make-up kit. Make sure you have a proper mirror – there can be more than 1 use for it.

2) Always carry a proper spray-on deodorant/perfume/sun block/insect repellent/ointment in your bag. Can use it for yourself or dodgy attacker.

3) Petroleum jelly (Vaseline lip balm) can have more than 10 uses when travelling. Like anything, do not overuse it.

4) Carry a reputable built-in filter bottle everywhere. It works for non-potable water (e.g. from the taps at public toilets) but not undrinkable type.

5) Good to know the emergency numbers, accommodation and any other useful contacts. Always ensure phone has battery and bring portable charger.

6) Bring your house keys along. Swiss Army knife is considered weapon and not allowed in some places. Use functional key chains (e.g. karabiner) here.

7) Bring mechanical pencil (minimum 2B lead darkness) and blank A4 paper. Good for doodling anything casual to writing something important.

8) Carry a light foldable umbrella with silver surface on the outer side. Good to fend off UV rays, rain, and dodgy stranger. Now available in metal casing!

9) Have a small pouch to store your passport and money (zip locked!). Personally, it is good to top with 7 scented panty liners.

10) It is good to carry a handbag with sling. I like to sling it on and my hands resting on the handles. Hope to deter thieves by making it harder to steal.

Safety is one of the most important aspects in our life. It is a basic human need and must be fulfilled before achieving anything else. Just Google and you can find a long list of recommendations on safe and smart travel.

The ideal total weight of a handbag (+ laptop) is supposed to be no more than 15% of your body weight. For travelling, keep the girly girl handbag to the range of 5% of your body weight will be more appropriate.