Burma is extremely safe. Crime, especially against foreigners, is severely punished. Even petty crime, such as pickpocketing, is very rare. Visitors do not need to be concerned about wearing backpacks or carrying open-top tote bags or purses. The Burmese, many who are devout Buddhists, are markedly friendly; if they notice you've dropped money, they'll alert you immediately, even chasing you down the street to return the cash. The closest you will come to being scammed is paying too much for jade at the market.
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