Burma. . . . . .what to bring?

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    Dec 26, 2008 8:21 AM GMT
    I'm leaving tomorrow for Burma. What do I bring with me? Any suggestions?
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    Dec 26, 2008 1:13 PM GMT
    An updated world view, the country is more recently known as the Union of Myanmar.
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    Dec 26, 2008 1:14 PM GMT
    Aw Terry, you beat me to it.
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    Dec 26, 2008 1:36 PM GMT
    From the US State Department:
    SAFETY AND SECURITY: U.S. citizens traveling in Burma should exercise caution, register with the U.S. Embassy and check in for an update on the current security situation. U.S. citizens are encouraged to carry their U.S. passports or photocopies of passport data and visa pages at all times so that if questioned by Burmese officials, they will have proof of U.S. citizenship readily available.

    In September 2007, the Burmese Government brutally cracked down on peaceful demonstrators, using gunfire, rubber bullets, batons, and tear gas against them and those observing in the vicinity. The authorities killed at least 30 people during the crackdown and arrested more than 3,000. On September 27, 2007, security forces shot and killed a Japanese journalist in the Sule Pagoda downtown area during a demonstration. The Burmese Government has a standing law, which is sporadically enforced, that bans all gatherings of more than five people.

    On May 7, 2005, three large bombs simultaneously exploded in Rangoon at two crowded shopping areas frequented by foreigners and at an international trade center, killing at least 20 people and wounding several hundred. On April 26, 2005, an explosive device detonated at a busy market in Mandalay, killing at least three people. Although other smaller-scale bombings have occurred in Burma in recent years, including in early 2007 and early 2008, the 2005 bombings were more sophisticated and specifically targeted more highly trafficked areas than those used in other bombings.

    In light of these incidents and the possibility of recurring political unrest, Americans in Burma should exercise caution in public places and be alert to their surroundings. Furthermore, Americans in Burma should avoid crowded public places, such as large public gatherings, demonstrations, and any area cordoned off by security forces. The Embassy also advises U.S. citizens not to photograph or videotape the military or police, because doing so could be interpreted as provocative.

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    Dec 26, 2008 1:40 PM GMT

    Actually I have no clue. Do you need to get any shots of vaccines?
  • leatherman05

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    Dec 26, 2008 1:50 PM GMT
    a copy of mein kamph
    your own handcuffs
    list of places u like electrodes attached
  • DCEric

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    Dec 26, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    uhh... you are aware of the Junta, yes? I would bring a known way out. The address and phone number of the US embassy in either Dhaka and Bangkok (or both) which are the closest nearby locations of US embassies. Some way to protect yourself from one of two governments around the world that don't even fake democracy. Depending on where you are from in the US, light long sleeves, because it gets colder in the tropics than most mid-latitude folks realize.
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 26, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    Myanmar (beside Brunei and tiny East Timor) is the last South East Asian country I never been to. I plan to go there myself some days. There a lot of Myanmar citizen living and working in Malaysia. Myanmar people are usually very friendly . I have date one guy from Myanmar in the past.

    Since I myself never been there I have no advise to tell you what to bring. Be careful with those gem dealer and people who what to sell to you at cheap price. Unless you know this stuff you could end up getting scammed.
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    Dec 26, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Bring small gifts like pens, markers.

    You won't find a condom in the entire country.

    Comfortable shoes....most temples and sites have long processional stairs in front of them.

    Sunscreen You can buy a cheap hat there.

    Anti-diareaha medicine, just in case.

    Mosquito repellant

    Try to hire a driver when you arrive at the airport. He will take you around and show you the best/cheapest places to stay.

    Rolling papers.

    The people are amazing......the crafts and local stores sell beautiful objects. BARGAIN!

    Have a great time!!!!

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    Dec 27, 2008 3:33 AM GMT
    A couple of AK-47's and plenty of ammo.