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  • Young Buddhist monks walk to collect alms and offerings in the Monastery
  • Swedagon Paya at dawn in Yangon
  • Hot-air balloons flying over the temples
  • Fisherman on Inle Lake
  • Traditional puppets

Social Conventions

In Myanmar, respect and courtesy for tradition and religion is expected, therefore when visiting sacred sites, other than socks and stockings, footwear is not permitted. Visitors should dress modestly in public places and at religious sites. The head is considered the most sacred part of the body and so to pat someone (even children) on the head is considered offensive. In Myanmar, apart from the clergy, age is the most important thing when it comes to social standing and so respect for elders is very important. Finally, there are some restrictions when it comes to photography, mainly at airports, ports and harbours. It is always best to ask for permission before taking photos of people.

 

Language

Myanmar (Burmese) is the official language and there are approximately 111 dialects spoken throughout the country. English is traditionally spoken in business settings.

 

Religion

Approximately 89% of the population follows Theravada Buddhism. Christianity represents 5%, Islam represents 4%, Hinduism represents 0.5%, Spiritualism represents 1% while 0.5% of the population follow other minority religions.

 

NATS

Burmese continue to worship the "Nat" (spirit), a link to pre Buddhism era when animism (associated with trees, lakes, hills) held undisputed dominion over the land.

A Nat can be anything that may hold dominion over a place, person, or experience. Nationally there are 37 official Nats comprised of heroes and antiheroes. Most have met their deaths in tragic circumstances - war, alcohol, drugs, murder. Burmese people put great hope in Nats (to keep on their side) and have Nat shrines in their homes.


 

Myanmar Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Myanmar.

Learn about the history and culture of Myanmar, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Myanmar's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Myanmar for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Myanmar tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Myanmar tour consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.

 


 

Book your Myanmar tour with Goway! 

ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing Myanmar tours and experiences. Choose from a small group tour,  a cruise through the heart of Myanmar, a independent travel module, and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Myanmar.


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