Burma forms the north-western portion of the Indo-Chinese peninsula and covers over 676,000 sq. kms. India lies to the north-west and China to the north-east. The Bay of Bengal touches the south-western coast and Thailand lies alongside the eastern border. Three quarters of the population depend on agriculture with rice the main product. Tourism is slowly increasing.

The climate is subtropical to tropical with the wet season May to October and subject to monsoonal rains. The cooler months are November to February with temperatures around 24°C. March to May and again in October the country experiences oppressive heat and humidity (38°C).

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

With its tropical climate, Myanmar can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans. Our doctors prescribe appropriate vaccinations and medications which may minimise your risk of contracting deadly diseases while you are away.

Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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