- 1 1. No footwears upon entering pagodas and religious places
- 2 2. Never point with your feet or aim them at a Buddha
- 3 3. Remember to bring a few long & lightweight clothes
- 4 4. Visas are super speedy
- 5 5. On the contrary, the internet is painfully slow
- 6 6. Myanmar’s attractiveness does not lie in its nightlife
- 7 7. Choose your gems wisely
- 8 8. Mingalaba Myanmar
- 9 9. Cash only
- 10 10. Tips
1. No footwears upon entering pagodas and religious places
You’ll need to take off your shoes when entering religious places, so pack your flip-flops for those days you want to visit temples and pagodas. Take a plastic bag with you or buy one from the many sellers outside the pagoda. Some pagodas may have storage for your footwear.
2. Never point with your feet or aim them at a Buddha
It’s considered bad form.
3. Remember to bring a few long & lightweight clothes
The tropical Myanmar can be hot and steamy so is ideal to help protect you from the sun and pesky mosquitoes.
And considering over 85 percent of the population is Buddhist, it’s in good taste to cover up and ensure your shoulders and knees are covered.
This is essential when visiting pagodas and monasteries.
4. Visas are super speedy
The new E-Visa online system makes it easier than ever. With only $50 you can get 28 days staying in the country and it usually take just hours for your application to be approved.
In order for your visa to be accepted, you must be arriving at one of Myanmar’s international airports Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay.
Don’t forget the printout of your acceptance letter when entering and leaving Myanmar.
5. On the contrary, the internet is painfully slow
Adding to the slow connection, some websites can be filtered. Nonetheless, more and more hotels and cafes are providing wi-fi, especially in more developed areas such as Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, Bagan and Inle Lake.
6. Myanmar’s attractiveness does not lie in its nightlife
Travellers simply don’t come to Myanmar to party. Except for a few bars in Yangon, it’s pretty hard to find any nightclub or western-style entertainment outside of your hotel. Looking for places to spend the nights? Teashops, beer halls or night markets may help.
7. Choose your gems wisely
Myanmar is well known for its precious stones, especially rubies and jade. However, if you decide to purchase one, ask for an official receipt or certificate issued by government-licensed dealers. Later when exiting the country you may need to show these as exporting gems and stones without government-issued documentation is considered illegal.
8. Mingalaba Myanmar
Some Burmese people may speak English but at least trying to use some basic local phrases will surely be appreciated.
To begin with:
Hello = Ming-ga-la-ba
Thank you = Chay-zoo tin-ba-dee
Good bye = Tar tar
9. Cash only
All transactions are in cash.
The local currency is kyat (pronounced ‘chat’). Use your dollars for large purchases such as long distance buses or hotel bills. Use the kyat for smaller local transactions like admission fees, food and other shoppings.
Though it’s optional, tipping is always appreciated in a country where the average income is less than $350. We suggest tipping for good services at hotels, restaurants, for drivers and tour guides.
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