Traveling in Myanmar.

Is it safe to travel alone in Myanmar?

As a solo traveler, this is one of the first questions I usually get from people who wants to travel somewhere. They ask me “Is it safe in x and x country? Can I travel there solo?”, to which o usually reply “It depends”. But when it comes to Myanmar, I can say that it felt very safe to travel in. Asides all the political issues in the country, I didn’t know much about Myanmar. I knew about Bagan and that was pretty much it. I didn’t know if it was seen as a safe country to travel in and if it was more troublesome traveling there as a female solo traveler.

My guard was still up the first two days, but it quickly changed after I got to actually talk to locals and befriend them. I realized it’s probably one of the safest countries to travel in. Well, that is, if you avoid the north. During my days in Myanmar, I walked around alone in Yangon, I took local buses to Ngapali Beach, I got into taxis, spoke to locals, went to more touristic sites such as Bagan, and less, like Hpa-An. Never once did I feel threatened or scared. I felt like the locals were just curious about who you were and why you were there.

Traveling solo can be hard and difficult because it means you have to take care of yourself. It’s even harder when the country you’re going to feels unsafe. So therefore I’m here to tell you that Myanmar is probably one of the safest places you can travel to. And the most beautiful! Tourism here is just starting to rise so if you know where to go, you can even find places that’s completely untouched by tourism. It’s a fascinating country that has everything you can wish for! The only thing that might be tough is the distances between places. For example, you have Bagan and Inle Lake, which are two of the biggest destinations in Myanmar. It takes around 8 hours to travel between them. Then you might want to go to Ngapali Beach, which is a whopping 20 hour bus ride from Bagan and from Ngapali to Yangon it’s another 16 hours on a bus. But if you’re asking me, it’s definitely worth it and you’ll be able to really see the country on a bus rather than always going on flights. It might sound like a hassle, but once you’re inside Myanmar, it’ll be all worth it.

Whether you are craving for beaches, city life, culture or want to learn more about the country’s fascinating and tumultuous history, you can get it all here in Myanmar.

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Two nights in Yangon.

Two nights in Yangon

Myanmar is one of the countries that is bound to receive more tourists in the upcoming years. I knew that I had to travel there before tourism boomed so I booked my flight from Vietnam to Yangon with no expectations. Arriving to Yangon, I couldn’t contain my excitement. My first impression of it was that I thought it looked much more developed than I had imagined. There weren’t any motorbikes on the road either, just a bunch of cars. It felt very different from the previous country I visited, Vietnam, and I just knew that I would love it.

Many people who travel to Myanmar either end in Yangon or start there. I stayed for two nights which was enough for me. If you’re also going to stay in Yangon for a few days, here is what I recommend you to do.

Where to stay

In my opinion, there’s no better place to stay at than Bodhi Nava Café & Hostel. Although a bit more expensive than other hostels, it’s definitely worth it if you want to stay at a warm, welcoming, clean place with a really beautiful café which serves some kickass smoothie bowls. Although it’s a bit outside of the city centre, I found that to be a relief. The area itself is quiet and calm, and it only takes about 10 minutes to walk to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the main sight to see in Yangon. It’s one of the most beautiful hostels I’ve ever stayed in and I would happily return to Yangon just to go there again.

What to do

Yangon can be a bit messy, chaotic and crowded, but there’s a few hidden gems that’s worth visiting in the city. First of all, you must walk to Chinatown. This area is by far the most interesting in Yangon and when night falls, you must go to 19th street in Chinatown. It’s a busy area with bars, food stalls and restaurants, where you can indulge in some Burmese or Chinese food.

Away from the city centre lies the massive Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the main attractions in Yangon. Go here for either sunrise or sunset. If you want less crowds, you should try to make it for the sunrise. Not only is there almost no people there, the pagoda itself is incredible when you finally see it in its full glory.

What to eat

If you are tired of eating fried food and rice, make your way to ‘Nourish Café’ where they serve delicious vegan food. Not only is the food fresh, it also tastes divine and is healthy. They also have desserts there such as vegan muffins. The atmosphere itself is also very relaxed and you’ll find lots of expats sitting there, working on their computer.

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Safe countries to travel in

10 Safest Countries in the World

 

The concept of traveling alone sparks a huge challenge due to the fact that a different environment and ambience awaits the curious wanderer.

 

In some countries, the locals themselves do not trust their own place as a must-visit, which is of course a warning a traveler should take at their own risk.

 

But whether it is a matter of national defense and security or work-life balance, these countries are deemed the safest to travel to in 2019.

 

1.      Singapore

 

Singapore is a favorite destination of expatriates due to its low crime rates and semblance of better opportunities.

 

The people of Singapore are very observant when it comes to their cleanliness, which is why chewing gum, smoking, littering, and vandalism are not tolerated at all.

 

Their discipline and observance only puts their country higher on the list of the safest countries.

 

 

2.      Finland

 

The first in a series of Nordic nations on this list, Finland might be the safest among the fellow Norse solely based on being the “happiest country” according to the 2018 Happiness Report.

 

Finland is one of the few unknown corners of Europe, which makes it less touched thus, posing a very low risk when it comes to potential dangers.

 

3.      Norway

 

Norway may rank second in the 2018 Happiness Report but that does not mean it is less safe. The basis of such is more of a slight economical statistic rather than its people.

 

Their work-life balance is the third-best in the world which explains why the risk of you being caught in the middle of crime is still very low.

 

If there’s going to be any danger when you are there, it might be its steep highlands and deep waters rather than crime.

 

4.      Iceland

 

Where to begin with Iceland? It is the most equal, most peaceful, and the fairest countries in the world which is why the only way you will find yourself in a bad place here is if you are unjust.

 

They have low taxes, free education and healthcare, which is all the people of Iceland need. Their lives do not have to be complicated at all.

 

You might even be the one posing a bigger threat to them than them to you.

 

 

5.      Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong is heavily populated with tourists. Its separation from mainland China gives the people of HK more reason to work on improving their own lives rather than wasting time causing havoc.

 

There’s not a lot of room for violence to occur since the main purpose of tourists is to visit and leave, while the rest are part of the workforce that makes sure tourism continues to flourish.

 

6.      Uzbekistan

 

Uzbekistan may not be the first place you think of for travel due to the threat of neighboring territories but it actually is a police state.

 

This means that national defense is their top priority, making you safe as long as you are within their borders.

 

Just looking at its cities’ facades will already make you feel secure.

 

7.      Switzerland

 

Traveling to Switzerland is as sweet as their Toblerone chocolate as it is also one of the world’ safest.

 

The country is a center for banking so you can only imagine. amount of money that comes in and around on a day-to-day basis. Security must be ultra-tight or there goes their economy.

 

The people are contented with the quality of life and number business opportunities present, which is why they see no reason to do hocus pocus.

 

8.      Canada

 

Ironically for Canada, their second largest land area happens to contain the least amount of people. This gives the country a lot of untouched nature to explore.

 

Pegged as the country with the nicest people, Canada’s abundance of wilderness may pose more of a threat than violent crimes.

 

There have been more cases of elks and moose posing more harm than human beings.

 

9.      Indonesia

 

Indonesia is an archipelago with a whopping 17,000 islands encompassing its state. It is definitely a paradise upon landing.

 

Tourists are treated to a combination of beaches and volcanoes similar to Polynesian island states.

 

Indonesians have faith in their national defense, which is definitely repaid in kind.

 

10. Denmark

 

Denmark is a perennial placer in the ranking of happiest countries.

 

This Scandinavian nation has high living standards in health, education, and welfare due to the fact that taxes go to where they should.

 

The country is a living example of a world without corruption. The people feel safe and secure that they always get what they work and pay for.

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