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Myanmar (Burma) – what to wear


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As someone who has spent 25 years living in and out of a backpack, I’m getting the hang of packing efficiently and packing lightly. It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling for one week or ten weeks, the amount of clothes you need is pretty much the same. My pack to Myanmar (Burma) weighed 10 kgs and on the return trip it weighed 15kgs. If I hadn’t bought gifts for friends, it probably would’ve only been 12 kgs.

On my recent trip to Burma there was only one thing I didn’t wear and that was my raincoat, although it did rain but the long boat I was in provided raincoats.

My tip for travelling to Myanmar (Burma) is three sets.

  • One you’re wearing
  • One you’re washing and it’s hanging up to dry
  • One is in your pack

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Myanmar (Burma) – luggage and bags


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I’m something of a luggage junkie. I love it. All shapes, sizes, styles. However, I’m not into handbags and only own two. One is a bucket bag and another a small tote for just phone & wallet.

My first backpack was a blue Berghaus travel pack. I was heading off overseas to backpack through Mongolia and to Russia. Unfortunately, I was hit by a car in Guangzhou (that’s a whole other story) and returned to Australia to recover. I still own that pack, it’s in great nick and my kids still use it going to and from their friends places for sleepovers.

When I became a professional outdoor guide I’d heard of Aiking who designed and made the first order of backpacks for my business Serendipity Outdoors. Several years ago, they rebranded to One Planet but quality is still outstanding. Now I wouldn’t use anything other designer / manufacturer. Why?

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Fiji – toilets


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This is such an easy post to write because I found the toilets in Fiji to be mostly western style and very clean. The few squat toilets I came across in street cafes and a few stores were exceptionally clean. Of course, I may have been lucky because I’ve read where others have had bad experiences.

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Hotels are always western toilets and you can expect the usual toilet paper. Rarely is there a bidet or hose as you find in some Asian countries. It’s easy to identify between men and women by their signage is in English.

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Fiji – power supply and plugs


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If you’re coming from Australia, New Zealand or Britain, the power supply and plugs are easy. If you’re coming from other destinations, you’ll need to do bring the appropriate plugs and convertors.

Most of the larger hotels an resorts in Fiji offer universal outlets for both 240v or 110v appliances or 11ov adaptors. If you are coming from the U.S. you’ll need to source an Australian 3 pin design.

Note that many cameras, modern laptops, smart phones etc. that require charging accept power inputs that range from 110v – 220v and therefore do not require a power convertor.

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Fiji – money


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As a regular traveller, I’m often asked about managing money while overseas including ATM’s, traveller’s cheques and so on. So here is a brief summary of money in Fiji.

LOCAL CURRENCY – FIJI DOLLARS

The current Fijian Dollar has been in existence since 1969, replacing the Fijian Pound. Even though Fiji has been a republic since 1983, Queen Elizabeth still appeared on their currency until 2013, when they changed the notes completely to feature local flora and fauna. The Fiji Dollar is like Australia’s decimal system and easy to use. The coins available are 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent coins and $1 and $2 coins. The notes that you’ll come into contact with are 5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 much like Australia.

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Fiji – food


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The food in Fiji is a wonderful blend of local and international influences. The mixture of fresh, local ingredients that you find in most tropical regions is bountiful – fish, taro, coconut, sweet potatoes, fruit all made traditionally with cooking methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. As well there is a large Indian and Chinese influence which makes for a true culinary treat.

One of the favourite meals was a lovo where meat, fish and vegetables are wrapped in banana leaves are then placed on top of  heated stones, cooked for a couple of hours and served hot.

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Fiji – luggage and bags


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My trip to Fiji was for seven days so I needed a minimal amount of clothes and extras. I was staying at The Novotel so knew there would be towels, some toiletries and so on. This meant I could reduce what I took by around 20% on other trips and therefore, decided to travel with my One Planet Traverse daypack as carry-on luggage.

I use this One Planet daypack a lot for those smaller trips. It’s volume is 38 litres which is a generous size for a short trip. I like the simplicity of this pack. Only one pocket on the top and minimal straps that annoy me because they get snagged and caught on things.

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