Hitchhiker’s Guide to Myanmar

 The Hitchhikers Guide To Myanmar

 

hitchhikers guide to myanmar

 

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When I told to the other travellers that I will hitchhike in Myanmar, they thought I was nuts. I can’t blame them; I’ve never hitchhiked before and Myanmar is not hitchhike oriented yet. Myanmar was a long-closed country, it has been open to the public for almost 25 years now, though the tourism only started to boom in 2010. Despite the fast growth of tourism, Myanmar is still has a long way to be developed like its neighbouring countries. I had really great time hitchhiking in Myanmar, I hope this hitchhikers’ guide to Myanmar will be useful for you.

 

Luckily, my friend, Morgan asked me if I want to travel to Myanmar together, I agreed and told him we have to hitchhike, although he has hesitation with the idea, he agreed. I didn’t read a lot about Myanmar or places I should visit whilst I’m there, maybe it’s just not my thing. But boy, how astounded I was when Morgan and I landed. >>Read my personal letter to Myanmar.

 

After we arrived, it took me a week to convince my friend that we should really hitchhike; he kept pushing the idea aside until we met a friend of mine that I met in Vietnam who has been hitchhiking in Myanmar for quite some time at that time. He gave great tips which persuaded my friend to go hitchhiking.

 

Since we only hitchhiked for 400 kilometres; 4 pickups in total. I have to ask some other travellers to share their tips for this article.

 

Hitchhikers Guide To Myanmar

 

>> What To Do In Myanmar? Here are my suggestions

FORGET ABOUT THE THUMB RULE

As I mentioned before, hitchhiking is not as popular like in Europe. Burmese doesn’t understand the thump you put up when looking for a ride. Instead, wave to them like you are asking them to come to you. This might feel weird in the beginning but this is the first step to getting to your next destination.

MYANMAR IS SAFE

This is the first thing you need to know. It’s safer than you thought. Burmese are the friendliest people I ever met. We were once dropped in the middle of nowhere, but we didn’t felt unsafe. Instead of suspicious stares, we were greeted by waves, big smiles and warm hellos from the locals.

 

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WALK OUT OF THE CITY

As a general rule of hitchhiking, you have to go out of the city to narrow and specified your target drivers. The good thing about Myanmar is, the roads are quite straight forward; most roads are driving right straight to its destination, you don’t have to worry that the driver might turn left or right at some crossroad.

 

BE VISIBLE

Make sure that the drivers could see you easily; wear a colourful hat, hold a sign and stand by the road. The chances that you will wait for too long, is not that high, but keep your work together and don’t sit around and hope that someone will just pick you up.

 

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SPOT THE BLACK PLATE CARS/PICK UPS

Black plate cards are for private cars, these have enough space to accommodate you. Moreover, pick-ups are usually had black plates which are the best for hitchhiking in Myanmar.

 

LEAVE EARLY IN THE MORNING

You don’t want to be out of anywhere in the evening, make sure to leave between seven to eight in the morning. This will give you enough time to arrive at your destination. It is also a good way to avoid raging heat of the sun during the hot months.

PLAN YOUR ROUTE

Sure it’s exciting to be spontaneous, however, planning is a good idea. Plan B could also be handy at times. However, I don’t suggest to plan too much. Because you will never know if you will be at your destination on time. Be flexible as much has possible.

 

PHRASE BOOK IT IS

I wouldn’t say it’s needed, however, phrase book will useful at times. It has been handy during my stay in Myanmar. The internet is not reliable, you cannot Google translate whenever you need to. I had fun and memorable stories with the locals because of it.

 

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REMEMBER WATER

Don’t forget to have water bottles with you. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere is no fun especially when it’s too hot and no store to buy one.

 

DIGITAL MAPS

My friend and I have the internet on our phones, even though the internet is pretty slow, it works enough when we use google maps to see where we are, where we are heading, or if we are heading in the right direction.

 

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DON’T BE AN IGNORANT

Myanmar is indeed a special country to discover, locals are thrilled to show you their country. But never ask them to go to the closed areas or dangerous roads. Put aside your stupidity and selfishness, because a small mistake would cost him more than your precious I-am-cool story.

 

>>Here are the important things you need to know before heading to Myanmar

 

Anything to add? Let me know through the comment section.

 

 

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Mary Charie
She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels in her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

Mary is now trying to turn her blog site into promoting responsible tourism. She is in the process in writing articles where her readers could learn about travelling responsibly.

11 Comments

  • Agness of aTukTuk 02/04/2017 at 9:22 pm

    I admire your bravery, Mary! So adventurous and inspiring!

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    • Mary Charie 03/04/2017 at 1:25 am

      Thank you Agnes for such kind words and dropping by x

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  • Vyjay 20/09/2016 at 3:39 am

    Myanmar has a strange charm and a tinge of mystery to it. This maybe because it has been isolated from the World for a long time. I think it would be a great experience to hitch hike in the beautiful environs of this country. These are tips which are indeed useful to any hitch hiker.

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  • Jessica 20/09/2016 at 12:26 am

    The first point is an enough reason to hitchhike in Myanmar. Safety and accommodating locals. That was an adventure, Mary! Truly, nothing beats first hand experiences as yours.

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  • elizabeth @ Compass & Fork 18/09/2016 at 4:46 am

    Glad you enjoyed your Myanmar adventure. It looks an incredible place.

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  • Kimberly Erin 16/09/2016 at 9:03 pm

    I actually love hitch hiking, it was my primary mode of transportation while I was in Chile. I agree with the morning thing. sometimes it takes a little longer than expected

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  • Tracie Howe 16/09/2016 at 1:24 am

    How interesting! It never occurred to me to hitchhike here, though it would have been more pleasant than some of the buses I took! I did actually hitchhike without intending to though. A car full of monks picked my friend and I up when we realized how far we had gotten from a place to catch a cab. It must have been a funny sight to see us all squished in that car together!

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    • Mary Charie 03/04/2017 at 1:28 am

      I can only imagine, Tracie! Hope you enjoyed Myanmar 🙂

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  • Subhadrika Sen 15/09/2016 at 10:43 am

    Never hitch hiked before so dont really know the tricks of the trade. But it looks like an experience that should not be missed. Of course safety is the first thing that comes to mind but as you said Myanmar is safe so probably its a good thing to try out there.

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  • Chris 13/09/2016 at 1:10 pm

    Wow!

    Certainly an adventurous way to see the country!

    I would like to point out, Burma has been open for more than 6 years though…

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    • Mary Charie 18/09/2016 at 2:17 pm

      I meant to say that the tourism only started to get hot 6 years ago, thanks a lot for pointing it out 🙂

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