DO & DON'T
THINGS IN MYANMAR
Friendly, helpful, honest but proud.
- Treat everyone with respect and you will be
When addressing people, donít leave out U (which
stands for Mr) or Daw (which stands for Ms/Mrs).
- Speak slowly and clearly.
Not always necessary to shake hands.
- Donít hug or kiss in public.
- Donít touch any adult on the head.
- Donít 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.
For hygiene reasons, eat only in decent
restaurants. When not available, always eat
- Donít eat food purchased form street
- Donít drink tap water.
- Drink only bottle d water and soft drinks
that havenít been opened yet.
- Let the oldest be served first.
- Chinese food is common and suggested.
- Myanmar food are often complained as Ďoilyí
- To try good Myanmar food, go to decent
restaurants in Yangon area, where they cook
Myanmar food according to international
When buying gems, sculptures, or any expensive
souvenir, make sure it comes with and export
- Buy arts from authorized dealers only and
get a certified receipt.
Donít leave expensive items in your room. Use
safe deposit box.
- Beware of cheats, swindlers, imposters.
Stay away from narcotic drugs.
- Carry some medicines for diarrhea.
- If sick, donít worry. All doctors are
- Health insurance is not available.
Accept that facilities may not be the best.
- On trains, keep windows shut.
- Speed or distance descriptions are in miles,
- Carry toilet paper in your bag.
Most Myanmar do not wear shoes in their homes.
Take off when visiting.
Donít jays walk? Watch where you walk and what
you step on.
- If driving, city speed limit is 30 mph.
Drive on the right side.
At religious places, remove footwear, but to
remove headwear is not necessary.
- Avoid shouting or laughing.
- Avoid being a nuisance when taking
- Treat Buddha images with respect.
- Tuck away your feet. Donít point it toward
the pagoda or a monk.
- Donít play loud music in these areas. Note
that Buddhist monks are not allowed to listen to
- Do not put Buddha status or images on the
floor or somewhere in appropriate.
- Donít touch sacred objects with disrespect.
- Hold them in your right-hand, or with both
- Leave a donation when possible.
- Show respect to monks, nuns, and novices
(even if they are children).
- Donít offer your hand to shake hands with a
- Sit lower than a monk and elders.
- Donít offer food to a monk, nun, or a novice
after noon time.
- A woman should not touch a monk.