Tips For Your Trip to Myanmar

When visiting pagodas and temples When visiting temples and other Buddhist religious grounds, tourists are not allowed to wear hats, sh...

When visiting pagodas and temples

When visiting temples and other Buddhist religious grounds, tourists are not allowed to wear hats, shoes, and socks; they must not wear shorts, T-shirts that are too thin, too short skirts to temples. Some places do not allow women to approach the altar and directly burn incense.


Visitors should know the time and place to be photographed, so please get permission to take photos and film.

Paying respect to monks and nuns ("Sangha" as called by Burmese) and old people and giving care to children is a Burmese custom. When coming into contact with the monks, visitors should not shake hands but bow instead.

Greeting



Greeting someone with a smile is a common practice of Myanmar people. The Burmese see the crown as a place of respect, so other people cannot touch their heads with their hands, even for lovely children, visitors should not rub their heads. With co-workers, people cannot play the neck in a casual way.

Dining habit

Burmese eat only two meals a day at 9 a.m and 5 p.m; at lunch time, they only eat snacks. On the dining table of Myanmar people often have vegetables, shrimp, fish. They say that if the table lacks fish and shrimp, they do not have the appetite. Myanmar people do not eat rice with chopsticks. In front of each person is a basin of water, before eating they have to wash their hands and then use their hands to wrap rice into a gravy and then eat with vegetables.



Burmese people always eat with their right hand, in their view, their left hand is for doing personal hygiene work daily, so they do not use it when eating. Buddhists often avoid beef and Muslims do not eat pork.

Bring cash with you

Myanmar has very few ATM booths, so it is best to bring a fair amount of cash when traveling here. And make sure your notes are not crumpled, torn or have any strange traces, otherwise, they cannot be used. Credit cards are currently only accepted at 5-star hotels and large restaurants.

Visiting the house of local people

According to Myanmar customs, shoes should be removed before entering the house. When offering gifts to the elderly, do not use the right hand because the right hand is considered unclean.
When visiting rural, mountainous villages, visitors should first learn and show respect for local traditions and customs.

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