The Do’s and Don’ts

As a responsible tourist, you should  try to make sure that the people you meet enjoy your stay in their country as much as you do – or at least, that you do not offend your host. “Responsible Tourism Myanmar” suggests the following guidelines for tourists:

  1. The Myanamr people are friendly, helpful and polite.
  2. Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions.
  3. Don’t take any photos that may make people feel embarrassed.
  4. Do smile.
  5. Don’t point with your foot.
  6. Wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites (covering shoulders and knees).
  7. Do tuck away your feet.
  8. Don’t touch anyone on the head.
  9. Please learn the basic words of Myanmar language.
  10. Women travelers are very safe in Myanmar.
  11. Don’t kiss in public.
  12. Don’t disturb people when praying or meditating.
  13. Calling with your finger up means calling for a challenge.
  14. Please learn the local customs before visiting ethnic minority villages.
  15. Do try Myanmar traditional transport facilities.
  16. Visitors should be understanding when experiencing electricity outages.
  17. Don’t touch the robe of a monk.
  18. Spread your wealth, use your money wisely.
  19. Myanmar is a cultural destination.
  20. Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the official exchange counters and banks.
  21. If tourists wish to help the people of Myanmar, they should consider creative ways to contribute to the community, not to individuals.
  22. Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable.
  23. Myanmar people are delighted when tourists participate in their festivals.
  24. Using drugs is illegal in Myanmar.
  25. Help protect Myanmar wildlife by regusing to purchase wildlife products.
  26. To maintain Myanmar’s unique heritage, do not buy antiques. Buy arts and crafts instead.
  27. Help us to keep Myanmar clean.
  28. Practice safe sex.
  29. Do not go where you are advised not to go.
  30. Relax and enjoy your holidays!

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