Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

  • Friendly, helpful, honest, but proud
  • Treat everyone with respect and you will be respected
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Accept or give things with your
  • For hygiene reasons, eat only in decent restaurants
  • Drink only bottled water and soft drinks that haven’t been opened yet
  • Let the oldest be served first
  • Chinese food is common and suggested
  • To try good Myanmar food, go to decent restaurants in Yangon area, where they cook Myanmar food according to international standards
  • When buying gems, sculptures, or any expensive souvenir, make sure it comes with an export permit
  • Buy arts from authorized dealers only and get a certified receipt
  • Beware of cheats, swindlers, imposters
  • Carry some medicines for diarrhea
  • Accept that facilities may not be the best
  • On trains, keep windows shut
  • Speed or distance descriptions are in miles, not kilometers
  • Carry toilet paper in your bag
  • Most Myanmar do not wear shoes in their homes
  • Take off when visiting

  • if driving, city speed limit is 30 mph
  • Drive on the right side

  • Tread Buddha images with respect
  • Leave a donation when possible
  • Show respect to monks, nuns, and novices ( even if they are children)
  • Sit lower than a monk and elders
Don’ts

  • Not always necessary to shake hands
  • Don’t hug or kiss in public
  • Don’t touch any adult on the head
  • Don’t step over any part of a person, as it is considered rude
  • Don’t eat food purchased from street vendors
  • Don’t drink tap water
  • Drink only bottled water and soft drinks that haven’t been opened yet
  • Don’t leave expensive items in your room
  • Use safe deposit box

  • Stay away from narcotic drugs
  • At religious places, remove footwear, but to remove headwear is not necessary
  • Avoid shouting or laughing
  • Avoid being a nuisance when taking photographs
  • Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor or somewhere inappropriate
  • Don’t offer your hand to shake hands with a monk
  • Don’t offer food to a monk, nun, or a novice after noon time
  • A woman should not touch a monk