Never drink the tap water in Myanmar, it may be contaminated and make you feel unwell. Instead, always purchase bottled water and check the seal, or alternatively boil water to a rolling boil.
With the outlook on the environment and global warming at the forefront of Myanmar’s attention, we are proud to offer all our customers refillable water bottles. Myanmar now boasts over 200 refilling stations available across the country. With an increasing number of hotels and guest houses now offering refilling stations filled with safe drinking water. We are committed in helping Myanmar to become environmentally sustainable and to significantly reduce plastic pollution over the coming years.
It is also important to be aware that fruit juices may have been watered down, avoid ice cubes and salads as they may have been washed with tap water.
Street food in Myanmar tends to be fresh and cooked on the spot posing little threat to contamination. Always eat at restaurants with plenty of visitors, avoid buffets and eat fruits you can easily peel.
Travellers’ diarrhea is the most common complaint of visitors to Myanmar. Travellers’ diarrhea is often contracted through tap water, food or lack of hand washing. The main treatment is to stay hydrated, consume electrolyte replacements and wait for it to pass. If you are concerned seek medical advice and recommendations for an antibiotic to help kill the bacteria in the gut.
If you become unwell or have a serious medical emergency, you should contact the closest quality health service without delay. It is important to note that outside of Yangon, the healthcare structure in Myanmar is poor and buying medications over the counter is not generally recommended.