Do and Don’t

  • Shoes and socks are to be off before entering any religious and sacred compound.
  • Some places in the religious and sacred compound are restricted to woman and lady from entering.
  • Clothing has to be in decent manner in pagodas.
  • Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor or some inappropriate places.
  • Don’t touch sacred object with disrespect. Hold them in your right-hand, or with both hands.
  • Don’t offer food to a monk, nun, or a novice after noon time.
  • Women should not touch a monk.
  • Don’t offer your hand to shake hands with a monk.
  • Don’t touch the head of adult.
  • Don’t step over any part of a person, as it is considered rude.
  • Photographing for the strategic places (bridges, military stations, etc.) is tabooed.
  • Avoid being a nuisance when taking photographs.
  • Antique is not allowed to take out.
  • Don’t hug or kiss in public.
  • For hygiene reasons, eat only in decent restaurants. When not available, always eat heated food.
  • Don’t eat food purchased from street vendors.
  • Don’t drink tap water. Drink only bottled water and soft drinks that haven’t been opened yet
  • Let the oldest be served first.
  • To try good Myanmar food, go to decent restaurants in Yangon area, where they cook Myanmar food according to international standards.
  • Stay away from narcotic drugs.
  • Health insurance is not available.
  • When buying gems, sculptures, or any expensive souvenir, make sure it comes with an export permit.
  • Buy arts from authorized dealers only and get a certified receipt.
  • Don’t leave expensive items in your room. Use safety box.
  • Beware of cheats, swindlers, imposters.
  • Light cotton clothing is suitable for most of the time.
  • Entrance fee has to be paid at every historical/culturally significant place.
  • No credit cards are useful in Myanmar.
  • USD cash is the only currency widely accepted throughout the country. Euro is accepted as well.
  • Please be sure that you bring good enough cash for your personal expenses.
  • If you will be on a trekking trip, advise to bring all necessary equipment including trekking shoe.
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