Responsible Travel Tips for Visiting Myanmar (Burma)

Responsible travel tips for visiting Myanmar

As a relatively new country that just opened its door to the outside world, Myanmar (Burma) is a wonderful nation where the landscape, culture, customs, and traditions are well-preserved. Whenever you choose Myanmar as the next destination of your journey, learning about the country is essential. With this article, we would like to help you a hand to have a memorable Myanmar vacation.

  • Respect Myanmar’s customs, traditions, religion and culture
  • Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship
  • Be sensitive to Burma’s political situation. Look up to the wishes of locals at all times and conversations involving politics or the government should be avoided. Seemingly innocuous questions or comments could cause offense
  • Be careful about drinking local water as you would in any developing country, but don’t be afraid of street food. Some of the best experiences were sitting on a small stool on the side of the road, chatting with the local vendor who had just whipped visitors up a quick meal for less than a dollar
  • Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts
  • When making a bargain at markets, be calm and reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It’s meant to be fun
  • Learn to say min-ga-laba (hello) and jeh-za-beh (thank you). Not only is it proper ‘traveler etiquette’ to learn a few local words wherever you visit, but in Myanmar, this small gesture will lead to some memorable and entertaining conversations.
  • Don’t be afraid of turning left when everyone else turns right. Many of the best experiences were riding a bicycle with no clear destination in mind, coming across a little village or stopping to talk to a farmer on his way back from the market
  • It is best to purchase locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive
  • Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children
  • When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals
    Responsible travel tips for visiting Myanmar
    Responsible travel tips for visiting Myanmar