Most visits to Burma are trouble free. However, there are several ways you can ensure your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Avoid traveling at night due to poor road conditions and insufficient lighting. Additionally, although Burma drives on the right, many vehicles are right-hand-drive, making driving and crossing roads more hazardous.
Some fighting continues in border regions, and landmines are also found here. However, these are not close to the main tourist routes and foreign nationals are unlikely to be affected.
Petty crime is not commonplace, even in larger cities such as Yangon. However, this may be increasing as tourist numbers rise – exercise the usual precautions, and avoid having valuables on show.
Ngapali Beach resort is safe, but travel to the rest of Rakhine State is not permitted due to ongoing fighting.
Avoid demonstrations and protests, and never photograph or film people in uniform, including the police and military.
Independent travelers should be careful. Although some travel restrictions have been lifted, many remain, and not all destinations have been “approved” for tourism. Some regions may only be reached by plane or train – but not by road; others may not be visited at all.
Homosexuality is illegal in Burma. Although the law is rarely enforced, people have been sent to prison in the past, and same-sex couples should act discretely.
Families traveling to Burma with kids may be overwhelmed by how “hands-on” the Burmese are towards them. While the contact is not threatening, constant squeezes and petting can come as a shock, and can be unpleasant for the child.