“DO-S”

  • Do say ‘Mingalarbar’ when meeting someone; and when you addressing people, put ‘U’ in front of man name(which is stand for Mr.) and ‘Daw’ in front of woman name (which stand for Ms/Mrs.)
  • Burmese people are friendly, helpful and honest so treat everyone with respect and you will be respected.
  • In Myanmar, unlike the Indian continent, nodding mean YES and shaking head means NO.
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Behave in a proper manner.
  • Accept or give things with the right hand.
  • Do bend slightly when you crossing in front of elders.
  • Take your bag with you at the hotel.
  • Do wear decent clothes when you go to the pagodas or monasteries.
  • Do ask the permission first before taking photograph.
  • 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.
  • Bring some medical that you might need for your health.
  • While eating, do let the oldest be served first.
  • For hygiene reasons, eat only in decent restaurants. When not available, always eat heated food.
  • Drink only bottled water and soft drinks that haven’t been opened yet.
  • Chinese food is common and suggested.
  • Myanmar foods are often complained as ‘oily’.
  • To try good Myanmar food, go to decent restaurants in Yangon area, where they cook Myanmar food according to international standards.

“Don’ts”

  • Don’t hug or kiss on public especially in pagodas or any other holy places.
  • Don’t touch any adult on the head.
  • Don’t step over any part of a person, as it is considered rude.
  • Not always necessary to shake hands.
  • Don’t point a finger straight to a person face.
  • Man should not touch a woman or a lady even in friendliness.
  • Keep your European bathing suit at the hotel swimming pool and wear shorts at beach because bikini is not appropriate in this country.
  • Don’t wear shorts, bra-less tee at the pagodas and monasteries, and also shoulders and knees should be covered.
  • A woman should not touch the monk.
  • Don’t give money directly to the monk.
  • Don’t offering a food to a monk after midday.
  • Don’t sit down higher than a monk or than a statue of Buddha.
  • Don’t step to the monk’s shadow.
  • Remove your shoes including your socks when entering to any holy place, pagodas or monasteries. And also entering the private house.
  • Don’t eat food purchased from street vendors.
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Don’t leave expensive items in your room. Use safe deposit box.
  • Don’t go where you are advised not to go.
  • Beware of cheats, swindlers and imposters.
  • Don’t use Narcotic drugs.
  • In Myanmar, homosexuality is illegal.