Dos & Don'ts in Myanmar

  • Do smile.
  • Please wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites.
  • Do tuck away your feet.
  • Do try Myanmar traditional transport facilities. It is not only a great experience. It is also sustainable and will benefit the locals. (e. g. Horse Cart, Trishaw and Local taxis)
  • Visitors may experience electricity outages.
  • Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the exchange counters and banks.
  • Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable.
  • Please help protect Myanmar wildlife by refusing to buy wildlife products (e.g. Ivory, horns, corals, turtle products, species of flora and fauna such as orchids, butterflies, etc).
  • Most Myanmar people do not wear shoes at homes.You might require to take off your footwear when visiting.
  • You must take off your footwear (shoes, socks and slippers) when entering Buddhist Temples, Pagodas and Religious Sites.
  • Do not shout and laugh loud in the religious sites.
  • Do not offer to shake hand to a Buddhist Monk or a Nun.
  • Females should not make any body contact with Monks.
  • Do not offer food to a Monk or a Nun after noon.
  • Please respect the people of Myanmar and their unique traditions. Please follow the local customs.
  • Please don’t take inappropriate photos that may take people feel embarrassed. Always ask before you take a picture.
  • Don’t point with your foot. It is very rude in Myanmar.
  • Don’t touch anyone on the head.
  • Please don’t disturb people praying or meditating.
  • Don’t touch the robe of a monk.
  • Avoid hugging and kissing in public.
  • Not always necessary to shake hands.
  • Do not go where you are advised not to go.
  • Do not eat food purchased from street vendors.
  • Do not drink tap water.
  • Do not leave expensive items in your accommodation.