Destination Information for Myanmar
The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. It is home to more than 100 ethnic groups. There are a huge array of tourist sites to explore here, including beach resorts, jungles, native tribes, ancient ruins and vast cities. The culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism, although there is also evidence of Indian and Chinese influences in the architecture, food and traditions of the country.
There are many charming cities in Myanmar, including the historic city of Bago, near Yangon by the Gulf of Mottama, which hosts wonderful Buddhist sights. Yangon itself is the economic centre of Myanmar, with its iconic colonial architecture. Sadly, much of Myanmar is closed to foreign travellers, although many popular tourist destinations such as Yangon (Rangoon), Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan are open.
For isolated beaches and peaceful spiritual sites, Myanmar is a challenging, yet unbeatable, destination. Much of the infrastructure of the country is still in the process of being built or developed, so you may find getting around rather difficult. Travel restrictions are in place in some areas, with permits required for others, so it is advised to do your research before visiting, and plan your trip meticulously.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country. The only areas with low to no risk are the cities of Mandalay and Yangon.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
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