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Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

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Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

Hi!

I am planning on traveling to Myanmar in November for ten days with my girlfriend. Unfortunately she has celiac's, and is allergic to gluten.

My first question is, how do you communicate in Burmese that someone is allergic to gluten (so no soy sauce, wheat, oats, rye, etc...)?

How much gluten is in Burmese cuisine generally?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

The best thing is which ever allergic, translate into Myanmar and show to your restaurant and or hotel to avoid .If you come with travel agent , inform them in advance .

If you just say , gluten , most will not know .

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2. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

I would be very careful if she is really allergic, as many people in Southeast Asia cannot even fathom a food allergy. You might consider shopping in a market and picking out foods she can tolerate &/or brigning supplements she might need.

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3. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

It is very hard to find local foods when you have that type of allergic.

It is better to follow the idea of mgzaymin to book your trip with a travel agency. They will help you to solve this problem easily.

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4. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

As if they'd understand that? They'd probably serve you another serving of rice & soy, thinking you need more...

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5. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

Thanks for the advice. Luckily her allergy is not so severe as to be life-threatening, but eating gluten would make her feel pretty ill, which would ruin the vacation. Thankfully rice is ok as that does not have gluten.

@mgzaymin: do you speak Burmese? If so, how do you say, "I'm allergic to wheat, and wheat-flour?"

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6. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

PM to me your mail address and your girl friend's all allergic . I will write for you in Myanmar and send back to you.

I afraid you might not able to pronounce correctly.(What I spell can be wrong too) Anyway , here

"Kya Ma gyaung , gyaung maunt nant ma tat bu."

Kya Ma - Me (for the female , male is difference)

gyaung - wheat ,

gyaung maunt . wheat-flour

ma tat - allergic ( can say not match)

ကၽြန္မ ဂ်ံုဳ ၊ ဂ်ဳံ မႈန္႕ နဲ႕ မတည့္ဘူး ။

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7. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

or try to collect ready made food or European food that can be ok for her

example ;

i can only eat following foods , not containing etc.....

Soup - Type of soup , tomato , pumpkin

Hamburger , Donuts , Hotdog , pizza

Meat dishes ( not including wheat ) & Rice

Vegetables dishes

in 10 days , pls eat only in European restaurant and Hotel

and pls take her important medicines

Regards

Judy

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8. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

Ditto #7. Trying to pronounce Burmese will just get you into trouble.

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9. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

Also make sure the restaurant staff can read. I am not sure of the literacy levels in Myanmar - we will be visiting in a few weeks but we have found in Cambodia and Vietnam - that the note we passed to wait staff - my son is allergic to all nuts - which was written in Cambodian and Vietnamese that many times there was a blank look on the staff’s face - it soon dawned on us that many of them could not read

Regards

Suzi

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10. Re: Celiac (Coeliac) / Gluten-Free travel in Myanmar

the literacy levels in Myanmar is very good . Almost all can read or write Myanmar language . Therefore it it is written by Myanmar , you do not need to worry.