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DO’s and DON’Ts For Tourists

Tourist guidelines to visit Myanmar responsibly
(Researched by Dr. Andrea valentin, Professor, Hanns Seidel Foundation)

  1. The Myanmar people are friendly, helpful, trusting, kind, polite and proud. Some may be shy to speak out.
  2. Please respect the people of Myanmar and their unique traditions. Please follow the local customs.
  3. Please don't take inappropriate photos that may take people feel embarrassed. Always ask before you take a picture.
  4. Do smile.
  5. Don't point with your foot. It is very rude in Myanmar.
  6. Please wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites. Cover your shoulders and knees. Always take off your shoes and your socks when entering Pagoda areas.
  7. Do tuck away your feet.
  8. Don't touch anyone on the head.
  9. Do learn some basic words in Myanmar language. For example, do say the greeting 'Mingalaba' and 'Chesudinbade' for thank you.
  10. Women travelers are very safe in Myanmar.
  11. Don't kiss in public. It makes Myanmar people feel embarrassed and ashamed.
  12. Please don't disturb people praying or meditating.
  13. Calling with your finger up means calling for a challenge. Calling with your finger down is polite. (Also, don't point a finger straight to the face.)
  14. The people of Myanmar are very diverse, with more than 135 ethnicities. Each village has their own rules of conduct, customs and traditions. Please learn their ways before visiting every ethnicity has different customs.
  15. 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, Tri-shaw, Local taxis)
  16. Visitors may experience electricity outages.
  17. Don't touch the robe of a monk.
  18. Spread your wealth, use your money wisely. Please purchase precious items from licensed stores and purchase non-precious items from the local market.
  19. Myanmar is not a nightlife destination. Myanmar is a cultural destination.
  20. Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the exchange counters and banks.
  21. If tourists wish to help the people of Myanmar on their trip, they should not contribute to individuals, but to communities, NGOs, educational and health facilities, orphanages or monasteries that take care of children.
  22. Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable.
  23. Myanmar people are delighted when tourists participate in their festivals.
  24. Using drugs is illegal in Myanmar. The consequences will be severe for you and Myanmar society at large.
  25. 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).
  26. To maintain Myanmar's unique heritage, do not buy antiques. Buy local crafts instead.
  27. Help keep Myanmar clean. Collect your rubbish. Be environmentally aware.
  28. Practice safe sex.
  29. Do not go where you are advised not to go.
  30. And, finally: Don't be over-focused on the rules of conduct! Be aware of the aspects mentioned in this booklet, but overall please relax and enjoy your holiday.
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