DOS AND DON’TS OF MYANMAR TRAVEL

Dos and Don’ts of Myanmar Travel to make your stay more enjoyable

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has a rich cultural heritage unique not only to Southeast Asia but to the entire world! As a tourist, there are many distinct cultural differences in this particularly conservative country that are important to keep in mind when visiting the place affectionately called the Golden Land. Here are some helpful tips towards making Myanmar Travel much more meaningful and respectful of the local community.

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The Myanmar people are friendly, helpful and polite

The typical Myanmar character is friendly, helpful, kind, polite and trustworthy.

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Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions

Visitors are not asked to abandon their ways, they are asked to adapt to the Myanmar environment.

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Don’t take any photos that may make people feel embarrassed

It is considered disrespectful when tourists take photos of men or women taking showers or bathing in the lakes and rivers of Myanmar.

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Myanmar people are incredibly friendly and smiling goes a long way, especially when negotiating for a better price
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In Myanmar culture, the foot is considered the lowest point on the body. Pointing with your feet conveys a feeling of disrespect
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Dress modestly when visiting religious sites and bring a shawl, sarong or scarf in case you need one

Men and women are asked to cover their shoulders and knees along with taking off your socks and shoes at religious areas, including all pagodas and shrines.

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As feet are considered the lowest point on the body, sitting with your legs stretched out is seen as disrespectful and the bottoms of your feet should never face the Buddha or Buddha Images
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Myanmar people see the head as the most esteemed part of the body. Touching someone on their head is seen as embarrassing and aggressive in nature
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The Myanmar language is particularly unique and daunting to visitors. There is a ‘high price of entry’ in order to be semi-fluent however the basics are easy to learn and will thrill locals when you speak to them in their language
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Myanmar is a very safe place for tourists but it is recommended that women dress decently. Men are not aggressive in this sense however when traveling in any country, it’s always better to respect their traditions and customs. Don’t be afraid to try on the traditional Myanmar longyi!
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As you’ve probably realized by now, Myanmar is a conservative country. Visitors are politely asked to refrain from showing too much affection in public places
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With over 90% of Myanmar citizens adhering to Theravada Buddhism, you will come across many locals praying and meditating at pagoda sites and shrines. As you’d prefer in your own custom, please don’t talk, touch or interrupt those worshippers
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Kissing noises to gain someone’s attention or calling with your finger down is the preferred social norm in Myanmar
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As long as you smile and show due respect everyone will welcome you in in the same manner
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Be adventures and try the local transportation! Buses, boats, bicycles and more are available for locals and travelers to give a whirl
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Myanmar is a developing country undergoing radical changes in a short period of time. The electricity situation is improving day by day and tourists should remember this when visiting the Golden Land
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Monks are very revered; they observe many rules, study the Dhamma (Buddhist Holy Scripture), practice meditation and are highly respected in Myanmar society
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Purchase non-precious items at local markets and enjoy all the cool gifts and trinkets available in the Golden Land! Just remember that precious items and stones are unverifiable at local markets and if you’d like to make a grander purchase, tourists are advised to visit licensed stores where authenticity is verifiable
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Myanmar has a rich history of dance, art, music and more! When in Yangon, visit the Karaweik Palace for a taste of authentic Myanmar or research the traditional festivals and ceremonies that take place around Southeast Asia’s second largest country
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To assure a fair and successful transaction, visitors should change their money at officially-licensed exchange counters or in their hotels
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For example, visitors can donate to communities, schools, health facilities, NGOs or monasteries that take care of children
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Don’t create dependency! Visitors should refrain from giving sweets to children and instead teach them something small and fun!
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The Myanmar people are proud and love a good festival! Feel free to join in and celebrate the traditions of the locals
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Don’t be that guy (or girl)! Drugs are not only illegal in Myanmar but contribute to regional issues and can destroy your life
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The illegal selling of wildlife products is a major issue in developing countries such as Myanmar. Visitors should refrain from purchasing anything sourced from local animals as they could be endangered, rare and will further threaten the health of local species
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Myanmar loses its heritage every time antique items are taken out of the country
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Clean is cool and visitors are encouraged to help keep the Golden Land pristine by picking up their garbage and helping locals to do the same
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Prostitution is illegal in Myanmar and visitors are encouraged not to partake in any illicit activities
Myanmar is a safe country, however several conflict areas still remain. As the country continues to open to the world and tourists alike, it’s advisable to always check before heading off into an unknown destination
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Enjoy all that the Golden Land has to offer! Remember to smile and enjoy your stay in Myanmar
  Cartoon credits: 1. Ngwe Kyi – his most famous cartoon character is called Kabasha. He is the author of a range of books called Myanmar laughter. 2. Thit Htoon – draws comics, satire, illustrations and animation cartoons, and uses watercolour for his cartoons. 3. Harn Lay – after fleeing Burma following the uprising in 1988, he began contributing his art to several exiled organisations and media groups. Harn Lay now works as a staff cartoonist for The Irrawaddy, a source of news, information, and analysis on Burma and the Southeast Asian region. 4. Aw Pi Kyal – is a very popular cartoon artist in Myanmar. In particular he is famous for his satire cartoons, which he regularly publishes in Myanmar journals and magazines. 5. Chit Thu – is famous for drawing child educational cartoons, monthly Myanmar hero cartoons, rural customs and monastery laughter cartoons. Myanmar Travel
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Phillip Harbor

Author, blogger, photographer, all-around world traveler

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IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!