In Myanmar, locals greet each other by tilting their heads slightly. Men can possibly shake hands with other men, but never with a Burmese woman or a monk. In gratitude for a service rendered by a Burmese, a small gift is welcome. Why not learn ‘Thank you’ in Burmese to impress the locals?
Tipping is developing in the most touristic places, but it is not yet generalized. At the end of the trip, if you are happy with the services provided by your guide and your driver, they will of course be happy to receive a small envelope.
The foot is considered the most impure part of the body. It is therefore advisable to take off your shoes at the entrance of the temples. Likewise, if you are invited to enter Burmese homes, you should also leave your shoes at the entrance. One should not point one's foot towards someone/something or towards a Buddha statue.
The Burmese are very modest people. Out of respect for Burmese culture, couples should not show displays of their affection in public. Hugging or kissing on the street or in a restaurant should be avoided so as not to shock the locals or make them uncomfortable..
We encourage all travellers to dress decently out of respect for the Burmese culture. It is better to wear a Burmese longyi (a piece of fabric that wraps around your waist) rather than a short skirt or shorts, and a t-shirt rather than a tank top with straps. To be dressed appropriately with clean clothing is a sign of respect appreciated by the Burmese.
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