Dos and Don’ts

♦ RESPECT MYANMAR TRADITION:

(You don’t need to get rid of your ways, just try to adapt to Myanmar environment.)

 

♦ HAVE DECENT CLOTHES while VISITING RELIGIOUS PLACES:

(Shoes/socks must be taken off; shoulders and knees should be covered up while visiting pagodas.)

 

♦ DO SMILE:

(Myanmar people are smiley and friendly.  Wear your smile to light up everyone’s day!)

 

♦ DON’T POINT YOUR FEET:

(Pointing things with your feet is considered disrespect.)

 

♦ TUCK away YOUR FEET:

(Legs shouldn’t be stretched out and feet shouldn’t be facing a Buddha image.)

 

♦ LEARN a FEW BASIC WORLDS in MYANMAR LANGUAGE:

(Myanmar people are extremely delighted to hear their language spoken by visitors.)

 

♦ DON’T TOUCH ONE’S HEAD:

(Head is the most esteemed part of the body and touching it is considered aggressive.)

 

♦ DON’T KISS in PUBLIC:

(Showing physical contact and intimacy in public is frowned upon in Myanmar.)

 

♦ LEARN LOCAL CUSTOMS before VISITING ETHNIC MINORITY VILLAGES:

(Myanmar is very diverse and each minority has their own customs e.g. tourists visiting Akha villages should know not to take photo of pregnant women.)

 

♦ DON’T TOUCH the MONK or HIS ROBE:

(Monks are highly respected and revered in Myanmar society as they observe rules, study Dhamma and practice meditation.  Even you see a worm crawling up the robe, you should never touch it.)

 

♦ SPREAD YOUR WEALTH & USE the MONEY WISELY:

(Purchase non-precious items at local markets to support local people.)

 

♦ DON’T GIVE MONEY or SWEETS to CHILDREN:

(Don’t give a helpless person a fish.  Teach him how to catch it and they will learn for a life time.)

 

♦ MYANMAR PEOPLE ARE DELIGHTED when TOURISTS PARTICIPATE the FESTIVAL with THEM:

(Your participation makes Myanmar people very happy and pr oud of their traditions.)

 

♦DON’T GO WHERE YOU ARE NOT ADVISED to GO:

(Myanmar is opening up slowly and more destinations will be accessible in the future.)