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Update for Travelers to Myanmar

May 6, 2008 By: Nancy Harkrider

Travel to Myanmar is safe outside of Yangon

Nancy Harkrider, Travel Agent Central Asia contributor, filed this report

On May 2, Myanmar experienced the worst cyclone in over 70 years. The storm hit Yangon, and the Irawaddy Delta including Pathein and Bago. Other areas of the country have been unaffected.

Yangon itself was badly damaged. It will take time and a massive humanitarian effort to normalize life for those in the affected areas.

Nancy, a partner in Explore Asia, notes her company has confirmation from its land operators that, with some modifications in the affected areas, travel to and around Myanmar remains safe.
While international and domestic flights in and out of Yangon are running normally, travel agents will want to redirect their customers around the affected areas. Hotels and tourist destinations upcountry are operating normally.

Explore Asia recommends agents stay in close touch with their own ground operators to coordinate and reconfirm travel details for their American travelers.

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