Travel at Election Time
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Jan 28, 2012 12:55 AM Last Post By: wrinkly_ninja
Jan 25, 2012 12:22 AM
Travel at Election TimeI understand there are by-elections taking place in April. Just wondering whether we should try to avoid traveling in Burma around this time. Does anyone have any advice on whether tourism and travel schedules will be affected, or if there are likely to be any issues with increased censorship, security etc.
Jan 25, 2012 12:44 AM
Jan 25, 2012 12:53 AM
2Yep I don't think the elections should be a problem at all (mind you there were several bomb blasts while we were in Yangon so I don't think anywhere should ever be considered totally safe).
Ahhh but the heat - winter? Yeah right - three days forced march (aka 'trekking') in 35 degrees C in December. What the hell is summer like then?
Jan 25, 2012 12:54 AM
Jan 25, 2012 12:59 AM
4Christ - I've heard it can get up to 45 degrees C in summer. Mind you winki ninja is from Thailand so it might not affect him/her so much. Me on the other hand, would be a comatose sweaty blob on my bed for the whole trip.
Jan 25, 2012 2:37 AM
Jan 25, 2012 2:46 AM
Jan 25, 2012 3:02 AM
7Beeing smart and not walking around all day and especially not walking around at noon is probably the best solution... Thats hard to do as a tourist if you want to visit places but it really is the only way to cope with extreme heat.
I can remember how I was at Angor Wat in April or May (not sure which month it was) and it was so hot that walking around seeing the temples made me physically sick after a few days. I have never experienced weather like that in Myanmar though but Mandalay can be extremly hot aswell.
Jan 25, 2012 3:20 AM
8Must admit the three day trek we did from Kalaw to Inle took it out of all of us - it was 35 degrees and very little shade due to deforestation so when we saw a tree in the distance we all managed to sprint to it to sit for a while.
I personally think that one of the worst things you can do is to use the air conditioning - apart from buggering up my sinuses it makes you feel even worse when you have to go out into the heat. At the most we use a fan to cool the air a bit at night.
Jan 25, 2012 5:12 AM
9A fan does not cool the air but does take the heat away from your body, I agree if you can get used to using a fan it is much better for you, last trip only had AC for 1st 2 nights as was so hot, next 6 weeks only fan, but some parts of Laos it was cold at night. In Myanmar only had AC in Yangon, as Bagan, Mandalay and Inle are not so hot at night in Nov/Dec.
Surprised it was 35C in December in Kalaw.
Jan 25, 2012 5:44 AM
10I believe it's very hard to predict what will happen during the by-election since it's a first for Myanmar in a very long time, if ever. Apart from the heat as people have suggested above (and it is very hot in April, so much so, that you can feel the heat radiate off the bitumen roads in to your face), it's also Thingyan during that time of the year. In that respect, it will be a public holiday for about 4 or 5 days and generally, lots of places do close.
Jan 25, 2012 12:11 PM
11Herbie - Kalaw was actually very cool when we left - it was the second day when we got further towards Inle that the heat really set in. Despite 45+ sun factor everyone was getting really burned.
Jan 25, 2012 9:14 PM
Jan 26, 2012 12:15 AM
Jan 26, 2012 3:15 AM
14Yep - just after they had a heavy rainfall. I may be exaggerating a little but I do know that Yangon was 36 degrees (definitely) when we got back to there from Inle and it felt just the same as when we had been trekking. Seriously, everyone was burned despite heavy duty sunscreen, hats etc. And I'm used to NZ summers where there's little ozone layer and I never even wear sunscreen here in NZ.
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