Pan Asia Way Travels & Tours

Do’s and Don’ts

    Typical Character

  • Friendly, helpful, honest, but proud.
  • Treat everyone with respect and you will be respected.
  • Speaking
  • When addressing people, don't leave out U (which stands for Mr) or Daw (which stands for Ms/Mrs).
  • Speak slowly and clearly.

  • The Myanmar people are friendly, helpful and polite.
  • Respect the Myanmar people and their unique traditions.
  • Don’t take any photos that may make people feel embarrassed.
  • Do smile.
  • Don’t point with your foot.
  • Wear decent clothes when visiting religious sites.
  • Do tuck away your feet.
  • Don’t touch anyone on the head.
  • Please learn the basic words of Myanmar language.
  • Women travelers are very safe in Myanmar.
  • Don’t kiss in public.
  • Don’t disturb people praying or meditating.
  • Calling with your finger up means calling for a challenge.
  • Please learn the local customs before visiting ethnic minority villages.
  • Do try Myanmar traditional transport facilities.
  • Visitors should be understanding when experiencing electricity outages.
  • Don’t touch the robe of a monk.
  • Spread your wealth, use your money wisely.
  • Myanmar is a cultural destination.
  • Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the official exchange counters and banks.
  • If tourists wish to help the people of Myanmar, they should consider creative ways to contribute to communities, not to individuals.
  • Giving money or sweets to children is not advisable.
  • Myanmar people are delighted when tourists participate in their festivals.
  • Using drugs is illegal in Myanmar.
  • Help protect Myanmar wildlife by refusing to purchase wildlife products.
  • To maintain Myanmar’s unique heritage, do not buy antiques. Buy arts and crafts instead.
  • Help us keep Myanmar clean.
  • Practice safe sex.
  • Do not go where you are advised not to go.
  • Relax and enjoy your holiday!
  • Religion

  • At religious places, remove footwear, but to remove headwear is not necessary.
  • Avoid shouting or laughing.
  • Avoid being a nuisance when taking photographs.
  • Treat Buddha images with respect.
  • Tuck away your feet. Don't point it toward the pagoda or a monk.
  • Don't play loud music in these areas. Note that Buddhist monks are not allowed to listen to music.
  • Do not put Buddha statues or images on the floor or somewhere inappropriate.
  • Don't touch sacred objects with disrespect.
  • Hold them in your right-hand, or with both hands.
  • Leave a donation when possible.
  • Show respect to monks, nuns, and novices (even if they are children).
  • Don't offer your hand to shake hands with a monk.
  • Sit lower than a monk and elders.
  • Don't offer food to a monk, nun, or a novice after noon time.
  • A woman should not touch a monk.