Updated: Jun 3, 2019
Naturally, Myanmar is a beautiful, natural resourceful and divers culture, tradition and religion with over 100 races co-existing in Myanmar.
Myanmar has recently opened its doors to foreign travelers; after years of relative insulation from the outside world, the Myanmar have to contend with droves of foreigners with no idea how the locals work and live. As Myanmar is a culturally Theravada Buddhist Country, like it's neighbors Cambodia and Thailand, it's citizens following norms and traditions closely associated with the local religion.
Please follow these simple rules and you can make your way through Myanmar without offending the locals.
When to Visit Myanmar
Any time you can visit Myanmar. Myanmar become a Top tourist destination in Asia.
The cool weather is between October and February makes Myanmar a positive pleasure to Visit but from March to May, temperatures start climbing (don't get caught outdoors in high noon, if you don't want to risk sunburn and sunstroke). The monsoon season between June to September brings down torrential rains and typhoons, particularly in the south; life-threatening floods are not uncommon.
Myanmar eVisa and Visa on Arrival is available now for 40 countries. The fastest way to get your access Myanmar is eVisa that easily can get from home but others countries people's should apply the Visa through Myanmar Embassy existing its respected country.
Transportation and Airlines
Transportation to Myanmar's top tourist destination is easier than you'd think. The road and transportation is advance than before, for travelers the high class buses and cars in Myanmar is available.
In Myanmar, there are 6 airlines such as Myanmar Airway, Air Mandalay, Air Bagan and more than 10 International Airline are flying such as Air China, Australian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Indian Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, Malaysia Airlines, Silk Air and more.
Banks and ATM Booths
In Myanmar, there many Banks and ATM Booth, you will see to them at every tourist destination, cities, bus stations and at hotels.
Change your money at authorized money changers, not the black market. Black market money changers can be found all over local market, but don't bother. You will get better rates at authorized changers: local banks, some hotels, and at Airports.
When visiting Myanmar's markets and shops, make sure you're not plundering the country's precious natural and cultural resources in the process.
Avoid purchasing questionable wildlife products, like items made from ivory or animal skin. Take care when buying arts and crafts, particularly antiques. Authorized antique stores provide certificates of authenticity with every purchase, protecting you from counterfeit items. Remember that antiques of a religious nature cannot be taken out of Myanmar but can do with authorized.
SIM and Internet
In Myanmar, there are available SIM and Internet that you can buy a SIM including internet from Airport.
The state-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) had a stranglehold on cellular networks all over Myanmar. MPT soon got plenty of competition from two foreign upstarts: the Qatar-based Ooredoo and the Norway-based Telenor. Good news for anyone desperate to avoid sky-high roaming charges in Southeast Asia.
The SIM cards cost about $4 to $6 and gave you the equivalent of 1 GB internet data to boot.
When you fly into one of the country's two main international airports, you'll find three prepaid SIM providers waiting for you at the arrival of Airport and Even when you walk out onto the streets, you'll find hawkers selling them on almost every corner.
Understanding the Culture in Myanmar
Learns a few words from the local language; use them when you can. The Myanmar people are a generally open and friendly people, mumch more so when you can talk to them in their own tongue. These two words going a long way in fostering goodwill as you travel in Myanmar:
* Mengalaba (pronounced as Meng-Gah-Lah-Bar)= Hello.
* Chesube (pronounced as Tseh-Soo- Beh)= Thank you.
The Myanmar appreciate the effort of your trying to observe their way of living. Try wearing Myanmar clothes, like the Longyi (for woman) and Pasu (for men). These are worn in place of pants or skirts, as they have plenty of ventilation compared to their Western counterparts. And Try some of the local customs too, like wearing Thanaka makeup and chewing Kun-Ya (betel nut).
Participate in local festivals. So long as they do not disrespect the proceedings, tourist are allowed to participate in any traditional celerations going oin at the time of their visit.
Respecting Personal Space in Myanmar
Watch where you point that camera, Stupa and landscapes are fair game for tourist photographers; people aren't. Always ask permission before taking a shot of locals because of most women are bathing out in the open doesn't make it OK to snap a picture; quite the opposit.
Respect the local religious customs
Most Myanmar are devout Buddhist, and while they will not impose their beliefs on visitors, they will expect you to pay due respect to their traditional practices. Taking pictures of meditating monks and nuns and others is considered very respectful. Wear appropriate clothes when visiting religious sites, and don't violate their space; avoid touching a monk's robes, Nuns, Buddha Image, and don't disturb on praying or meditating people in Stupas and Monastery/temples.
Following the Law in Myanmar
Don't disrespect the Buddha. Images of the Buddha may be used in a lighthearted way in the rest of the world, but if you disrespect on Buddha Images according to the Articles 295 and 295(a) of the Myanmar Penal Code prescribe up to four years will be imprisonment for "insulting religion" and "hurting religious feelings", and the authorities will not hesitate to use them against foreigners they believe are using the image of the Buddha in a disrespectful fashion. Before, New Zealander Philip Blackwood and Canadian Jason Polly both experienced harassment for their disrespect of the Buddha and sentenced to two years in prison.
Mind your body language
The Myanmar, like their religious compatriots around Southeast Asia, have strong feelings about the head and feet. The head is considered holy, while the feet are considered impure. So keep your hands off people's head; touching others people's heads is considered the height of disrespect. Watch what you do with your feet; you shouldn't point to or touch objects with them, and shouldn't tuck them under yourself when sitting on the ground or floor. Don't sit with your feet pointing away from your body - or worse - pointing at a person or a pagoda.
Don't show affection in public
Myanmar is still a conservative country, and the locals may be offended by public displays of affection. So when travelling with a loved one, no hugs and kisses in public, please!
Don't visit restricted area
There are still a lot of places in Myanmar that are closed to tourist. The reason very: some are protected tribal areas, others have terrain impassable to ordinary tourist traffic, and others are hotspots for ongoing religious conflicts.