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anti-malaria medicine needed in Burma?

Can anyone recommend me whether you need to take anti-malaria medicine while traveling to Burma?
14 years ago, January 6th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #98588  
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I'm traveling to Burma in two weeks. I'm a kind of person, who mosquito love to bite and I suffer from that seriously. I don't really want to take anti-malaria medicine but is that a nessarity?
Also, are the mosquito nets available in the hotels< if so, can anyone recommend the hotels across the Burma? Reply to this

14 years ago, January 6th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #98625  
Hello Huong 😊

Check the WHO(World Health Organisation) website. It gives health information for all countries in the world, including information about which ones are a Malaria risk.

I'm a kind of person, who mosquito love to bite and I suffer from that seriously. I don't really want to take anti-malaria medicine but is that a nessarity?

Anti Malaria medication wont stop them biting. Try using a DEET containing insect repellant to prevent bites.

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14 years ago, January 6th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #98628  
Was in Burma in Nov 09 - you don't need tablets for Mandalay, Yangon, Inle or Bagan....further north Malaria has been reported in Kachin & Shan state, I met a nurse who worked in Lonton - Indawgyi Lake, malaria was a big problem there in the rainy season. I took Doxycycline for my trip to Burma. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 6th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #98629  
Most hotels have aircon or fans - prices below are for a room with private bathroom
- Mandalay I stayed at the Royal City Hotel $17 per night, go and see the Moustache Brothers - bring some reading material as a gift.
Yangon - Ymca was grim - roof leaked in the rain at 3am, Ocean Pearl better, $10-$15 for a room. Haven also recommended.
Inle Lake - stayed at the Inle Inn very nice, $10, friendly staff, check out the winery for great views of the lake 3-4km out of town.
Bagan - New Park Hotel - $8 - nice rooms, bike hire $1 per day
Hsipaw - Mr Charles - $10 - was being extended - noisy if hanging around during the day - otherwise fine, still better than the other 2 options in town by all accounts.
Myitkyina - lots of people stay at the YMCA but after my Yangon experience decided to give it a miss - stayed at New Light Hotel - $17, lots of grubby chinese hotels in this town so check the rooms first - look fine from reception but not so great inside
Bhamo - Grand Hotel, very nice $13 - Friendship hotel looks good too
Katha - Ayerawaddy guesthouse - basic, clean, shared bathroom, $5, with fan, helpful staff
Sinbo - only one place to stay, basic $2.5, shared outdoor washroom and WC

Have a great trip! The Burmese people are amazing!
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14 years ago, January 9th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #98907  
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Thanks for suggestions! :-) very valueable!
also about transportation. did you use local transport trains and buses for long-distance? we were thinking whether hiring a car is a better option since we have only 2 weeks. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 10th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #99054  
I used mainly private buses and boats - transport very slow whichever way you go so if you can hire a car that would be quicker. I think you have to hire a driver as well though. Didn't meet anyone driving themselves. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 11th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #99135  
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Thanks again for sharing.

I'm leaving in few days, so now comes the issue of money. Somewhere I read that you need to have a lot of one dolar bills to pay for the food, enterance fee and so on. Could you tell me what is convenient? Do we need some local currency? They all take USD (especially hotels) but sometimes we could use local money to pay small fees I guess.

And also do you remember where is good to exchange the usd for local currency. Rangoon or elsewhere? Banks or exchange office?
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14 years ago, January 11th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #99213  
Food was paid in Kyat, not $US, about 1000 Kyat for $1, you get better exchange rates for higher value notes, You don't need an abundance o $1 bills maybe $20 worth. Most places have change for $US, entrance fees are payable in $US but it was $10 for Bagan ( or maybe it was $20??? ) , Inle $3, $10 for Mandalay city sites combined ticket. Bring some $10/$20 bills but the majority in $50 or $100 notes for better exchange rates.

Hotels are payable in Us$. Bus Transport was payable in local money (Kyat), Airfares in $US, Trains in $US or kyat, Boats sometimes US$ sometimes kyat.

Taxis usually kyat, $US can work in Yangon.

There are No ATMs and banks are useless to foreigners. Credit Cards not accepted for payment in most places so bring enough $US for your entire stay.

Yangon is the best place to change money - in the Bogyoke Aung Sang Market, there is a man about 50-60 years old, tall with glasses that was a reliable money changer, you can find him about 20 metres inside the main entrance. He will also change other currencies although not sure about the rates. Make sure all your $US notes are new, unfolded and undamaged - they are so particular about the $us banknotes it's not funny. There is also a hotel near the market - think it was called the Grand or Central or something that also changes money, slightly lower rates than the market. In Mandalay there were fewer places to change money - there was a taxi firm that I changed money at, can't remember the name, but ask at the Royal City Hotel and they will tell you where to go. Outside of Mandalay and Yangon there are fewer options to change money and the rates are a lot worse. Don't exchange at the airports unless you want to get ripped off. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 11th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #99214  
Flights are also a quick way to get around, not to expensive and saves lots of time. Better to fly with Yangon Airways or Air Mandalay where possible. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #99466  
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Thanks a lot!!! this is very useful! Reply to this

14 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 11 Msg: #99552  
Have an amazing trip! Reply to this

14 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #100303  
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It is best to visit your GP for a recommendation, but if you want to research yourself online then visit the NHS Fit for Travel website as it has detailed and up to date latest information on malaria areas worldwide and what type of medicine is effective (none is 100%!e(MISSING)ffective though so take other precautions not to get bitten):

If you want to order anti malaria tablets online you need to be careful as there are many online pharmacy services operating outside the law. I am in the UK and travel frequently for work and the only website i can find that is fully registered with all the relevant UK authorities is Dr Fox: http://www.doctorfox.co.uk/anti-malaria-tablets/

Malaria is potentially fatal so if the NHS recommend taking anti malaria tablets then I would do so. Reply to this

14 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 13 Msg: #100340  
My experience is that the entire time that I have been in Asia I never met anyone that had gotten it. if you are traveling in the deep woods like the first poster said wear Deet, White cloths, long pants & socks, especially around day break and sunset. Everyone talks about Malaria, fair enough, but you are much more likely to get Deunge, especially in the cities in the rainy season. I knew lots of people who had duenge which can really knock you for a loop and each time you get expossed it gets worse, which is why I allways ry to stay in rooms with aircon or floor fans.

when you get into a room go to the curtains and the towels if they are hanging and brush them, if you get a flock of the little bastards not a good sign.

Tiger mossy's are the bad boys so if they are the little brown guys they are a pain but the Tigers are very bad news, as they carry both the Duenge and Malaria. I always carry the Mossy coils like .40 cents for 10 burn under your bed and in the bathroom. I book the room and then light en up and go out for a few hours with the room closed off and usually have good results.

Doxy is good to have with you if you get liquid dodo or a heavy dudy fever and you are a couple of days from a competent doctor. The thing is in Asia is you have too worry about Virus which are incurable for the most part. Bacteria which the doxy will take care of and Parasites which the Doxy can help with but you will need some specific medicine for that in most cases. If you get malaria they double dose of the medicine that works best for that areas strain. Some areas it is the Doxy other the meflaquin probably misspelled.

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14 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 14 Msg: #100341  
I forgot lots of garlic and hot peppers help as well, they really like sweet. Also remember mossys go to where the blood vessels are close to the surface neck, wrist & ankles. they follow the Co2 upstream to find you.

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13 years ago, May 6th 2010 No: 15 Msg: #110273  
Hi Chuck,Thanks for the info,but what are mossys and mossy coils??If I am right they call them mosquitos coils here in the states?They look like little black coils in a tin.Let me know.We use deet 100% it works the best.Doxy is ok but it makes you sun sensitve and you have to start taking it before you go and when you are hame for about two weeks or more.Doxy is best used for food poisoning,I had the experience a few times.Take two as soon as you can hold them down and one every six hours for a day.It kills all that ails you.Let me know about the coils. Reply to this

13 years ago, May 6th 2010 No: 16 Msg: #110274  
Hi Irish Flag,About the money changers,does it matter to the authorities if you change $ on the street.Does it have to be an offcial changer so as not to ruffle anyones feathers?What would you suggest ,this is coming from a parinoid old traveler. Reply to this

13 years ago, May 6th 2010 No: 17 Msg: #110302  
The Mossy coils is Aussy slang for mosquitoes & Mosquito coils don't bring with you they are very cheap everywhere in Asia.

If you go to the official places you are going to get a bad rate and support the regime. When you get there people will offer to change for you. Watch the guys from India at the train staton in Yangon they tryed running a old con trick on me where they do a slight of hand and say that you gave them a smaller bill as it is illegal to exchange except in the gov appoved places, many folks will get ripped, me I just let them know that it was unexceptable and that bad things would happen very fast if i did not get my money correct, which is not a good way to go, but as I was as big as three of them put together and I was wearing a large backpack in a small room, it worked for me. They, the evil doers are just as affraid of the police as the tourist, cuase the regime wants them us dollars and taking the money changer out is more productive than the tourist. PS I am not predjudiced against Indians but they were of Indian desent so that is why I mentioned it. that episode at the train station was the only negitive from the whole trip to Myanmar You are going to love that place just like everyo one else has.

If you do take the train which was a great trip to Mandaly once you are in the sleeper car they do not stop and you can not walk from car to car like in most places so be sure to bring drinks and snacks with you. Buy train tickets early and yes as a foriegner you can go on the sleeper trains. Reply to this

13 years ago, May 9th 2010 No: 18 Msg: #110498  
Hi Stanley,

I changed money 3- 4 times in Aung San Market - no problems , the military tend to leave tourists alone. Changed money another time at a taxi company in Mandalay. The market in Yangon is the most reliable place and the best rates - I tend to avoid guys operating on the streets, unless you are very familiar with the notes and know how to spot a fake. There are money changers in some hotels but the rates are lower, I didn't notice any "official" money changing places, don't think the Burmese Banks change money, but to be honest I never went in so could be wrong. Plus you want to avoid lining the regimes pockets if at all possible.

The more North you go the harder it is to find money changers so get plenty in Yangon.

Only spoke with the military once - got told by a bunch of rather drunk military in a bar in Bhamo that I should be drinking their beer - Myanmar Beer instead of the imported Chinese stuff, politely said no, it was too expensive and that was the end of that conversation :-) They realise the value of tourism so will leave you be. Reply to this

13 years ago, May 10th 2010 No: 19 Msg: #110555  
Hotels are payable in Us$. Bus Transport was payable in local money (Kyat), Airfares in $US, Trains in $US or kyat, Boats sometimes US$ sometimes kyat.

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13 years ago, February 10th 2011 No: 20 Msg: #128768  
How many of you out there have been to Burma (Myanmar)? There doesnt seem to be a lot of good stuff written about the country unless I'm looking in the wrong place! I was keen to go but I discovered today I will need to backtrack on myself to do so and I am now wondering whether it is worth all the hassle given there are so many amazing places in Asia to see.

Would value your opinions.

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