Do's and Don'ts in Myanmar

Manners

  • Not always necessary to shake hands.
  • Don’t hug or kiss in public.
  • Don’t touch any adult on the head.
  • Don’t step over any part of a person. As it is considered rude.
  • Accept or give things with your right hand.
  • In Myanmar. Unlike the Indian continent. Nodding means YES. And shaking head means NO.

Eating

  • 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.
  • Chinese food is common and suggested.
  • Myanmar food is 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.

Shopping

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.

Traveling

Accept that facilities may not be the best.
On trains. Keep windows shut.
Speed or distance descriptions are in miles. Not kilometers.
Carry toilet paper in your bag.

Visiting

Most Myanmar does not wear shoes in their homes. Take off when visiting.