Yangon, the capital is growing in numbers by the day. The curiosity and opportunity of Myanmar has attracted people near and afar for business and leisure. You will relish in the charm of the past, and be astounded by the progress this country is making toward its future.
Weather: The best time to visit Myanmar is from November – February. From March – June, the temperature soars to 100 degrees. The monsoon season ranges from July – October.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Women should dress conservatively; short or tight clothing is not appropriate, however women wear dresses, skirts and short sleeved shirts. Men dress rather conservatively. Causal clothing involves t-shirts and jeans, khakis and white dress shirts are worn for business meetings. Men and women must cover their shoulders and legs when visiting a religious site.
For other suggested activities: Pack hiking/workout attire
Culture: The people of Myanmar are sincere and friendly. They openly welcome tourists and are happy to share their culture with visitors. The Tourism Board of Myanmar has published DOs and DON’TS for tourists as seen below so you can visit Myanmar responsibly.
Shopping: The traditional attire, the longyi (long skirt) is worn by many locals, however many people are influenced by western fashion. Papilia will provide you with shopping suggestions before your departure.
Some Suggested Activities:
Shwedagon Pagoda: This majestic 2,000+ year old religious wonder is a site you cannot leave Yangon without seeing. At any time/any day, devotees, monks, and visitors are mediating, worshipping and offering flowers to the statues of Buddha. A sense of awe truly overcomes you regardless of your country of origin. The dress code is conservative for men and women. You must cover your shoulders and legs; shoes will have to be taken off before entering this holy site.
Bogyoke Aung San Market: This is the main market in town, and is bustling with food vendors, local gems and pearls, paintings, and traditional crafts, and tailors. Visitors and locals alike come to visit this market 365 days a year.
Nagar Glass Factory: Cyclone Nargis literally destroyed this family-owned glass factory once producing high-end pieces to embassies and hospitality companies in Myanmar. This factory was never able to recover from the destruction; however the nine siblings still greet visitors who come to visit and wander through the remains to find beautiful pieces still intact for purchase.
If you’re a foodie: Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown highlights the essence of Myanmar's various cuisines. The open market in China Town will satisfy the adventurous eater who want to savor in the multitude of color fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and street food that this country has to offer.
Safety Tip: You must bring crisp $100 bills to exchange for Kyats, or you will have a difficult time obtaining local currency.
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