Traveling Tip in Myanmar
Myanmar is a country deeply respectful of their religious and cultural traditions. Visitors will not cause offense if they note a few things.Remove shoes and socks before entering religious buildings and compounds. Some monasteries allow footwear in the compound but not inside the buildings, starting with the lowest step! Better make sure
first. It is also polite to remove shoes before entering a private home but socks may be left on.
When handing someone money or a gift use the right hand or both hands, with the exception of paying the bill in a teashop or restaurant. Then it is a more casual transaction. Woman should not ride on the roof of buses or boats it is offensive to the men or elderly sitting underneath. Women should not touch a monk’s robes or body of monk or nun. In most pagodas women are not allowed to go up higher levels.
When you wear Myanmar dress which is sold ready-to-wear, make sure you do not wear it carelessly such as with knees showing or unbuttoned or in the case of women without underwear. Going braless is definitely
not done in Myanmar. Make sure not to be wearing shorts or skimpy tops when you visit pagodas. Even in the streets skimpy clothing would be considered insulting to the public.
Enjoy the cultural!