Dos & Don’ts in Myanmar
Myanmar, like any other country in Asia, has its own concept of culture capsule. If you travel to the country for the first time, getting to know about do and don’t in Myanmar is one of the most important things to do. This information guide below is intended to be a boon companion on your Myanmar tours on the highways and by-ways of the social, cultural and spiritual life of the Burmese people. For both travelers or those who intend to stay in the country, mastering the dos & don’ts in Myanmar help to form an etiquette to adapt well when you first staying in the country. It takes the form of a series of items on what ought to be done and what ought not to be done in general and particular situations. Not all situations can be covered but there should be enough to provide insight into the outlook and attitudes of the Myanmar people and how these are manifested in cultural and social conduct.
Societies and people are different and not intending any offense, one might yet offend. The suggestions here may help you avoid possible unpleasantness and save you from mental discomfort. On the other hand, doing the right things will please the locals and help you set up a congenial and happy relationship.
You will find social requirements reasonable. You are not asked to abandon your old ways, only to adapt them to a different environment.
Myanmar people accept foreigners happily and are tolerant of ways and mannerisms which must seem odd to people brought up in a life of proprieties. Your practice and performance of similar proprieties can make your visit – or stay – most pleasant, beneficial and appreciated.
Travel is not just to see but also to feel, to absorb a new attitude to life and to be absorbed by it. This information should be a valued companion in that venture.