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10 things you should know about Myanmar for coming trip

10 things you should know about Myanmar for coming trip

Myanmar has been an unknown traveling landscape to adventurers all over the World. Although, this country is still rustic, but Myanmar is extremely attractive thanks to its authenticity and ancient temples. Do not forget Myanmar in your trips to South East Asia. The following is exciting fact about Burmese you will find when going to Myanmar.

1. The feature of Myanmar people

Burmese use thanaka powder to protect their skin under the sunlight.
Burmese use thanaka powder to protect their skin under the sunlight.
  • The Myanmar people is very friendly, gentle, like visiting the temples and live slowly. They always remember one thing in their mind that "rather begging than stealing". 
  • Besides the habit of eating betel nut, they also apply a little yellow powder from the thanakha tree on the face to protect the sun, it is popular from the adults to children.
  • The men wear sandals all the year and especially Lao sandals, though they are wearing vests or going to the wedding. Here only the officers and the army wear shoes.

2. The life of people here


Myanmar love drinking milk tea
 
  • The local drink here is milk tea which is the light tea mixed with fresh milk and honey.
  • Because the national electricity is very weak, the hotels, restaurants, shops all have to use their own generator. And the markets open at 9.00 a.m, and from 16.00 p.m they have to prepare to close because the electricity is cut off at 17.00 p.m. In the evening, there is very few entertainment activities, the only things here are coffee shops, milk tea shops, snack stalls, and no liquor stores or shopping malls.
  • The wedding is organized from the morning till the noon. The reception department opens the envelope to count the money and write the name of the sender as soon as received. And the groom and the bride are only giving presents.

3. Male importance society

In a family, the women have to serve the men, and when they wash the clothes, they have to wash the clothes of men and women separately.

4. There are many temples

There are thousands of Buddhist temples here, so it is considered the homeland of temples. In LA Times, they estimated that there are about 10,000 temples built in the 10th and 14th centuries in Bagan. Now about 2200 works still exist here.
 
Bagan - the vaporous beauty of thousand ancient temples.
Bagan - the vaporous beauty of thousand ancient temples.
 
Almost pagodas here have many towers which is laminated gold, diamond, precious stones. And the Buddha statues and towers in the temple are growing larger each day because the people are constantly inlay more gold leaf when coming here to pray.
 
There many unique Buddha statues, some are nearly a hundred meters long, some are nearly a thousand tons of precious stones, so people have to make statues before building the pagodas.

5. Go only bare foot into the pagoda

When you go to the gate of the pagoda, the visitors have to take off their shoes, go in barefoot, even you are the presidents of other countries. In fact, the police guarding the temple during the holidays are also in "bare foot, bare head" to do the work.
 
From locals to tourists have to go by bare foot in Myanmar temples.
From locals to tourists have to go by bare foot in Myanmar temples.
 
The price for addressing their shoes per each person or group are the same 1,000 kyats (about 0.09 USD). If you take the bag carrying shoes, you also need pay the same price. A tip for traveling to Myanmar is that you should pay a visit to the temples in the early morning or evening to avoid warming up when walking in the temples. And you also should take along a wet towel to wipe your legs after each visiting.
 
People do not use incense in the temples of Myanmar, they only use candles to light up outside. Buddhists can eat, rest and even organize music in the temple. The tourists who wear too short or too thin clothes will not be allowed to enter the temples or they have to buy additional items.

6. Buddhists priests in Myanmar outnumber the military

The priests do not manage the pagoda, but they only concentrate on sitting in meditation and studying in the monastery. There are the places which have thousands of people as in Kyat Khat Wine.
 
Myanmar mendicant
 
The Buddhists priests beg for food every day and have meal as a normal people. The differences are that they do not eat after lunch (12.00 a.m), do not kill, and do not gather in crowd, do not use perfume, cosmetics, not be in close contact with women. The monastery is a place where they teach life skills for children, where young men have to go studying before becoming adults. And summer is the time of the ceremony for the boys.

7. There is few world heritage

The only world heritage now in Myanmar is Pyu, including the Kanbawzathadi ruins in Bago (1st century BC - 9th century) recognized by UNESCO in 2014. You can put these heritages into the New Orient Tours via https://www.fareastour.asia/private-tours/new-orient-tours/ to have great exploration.
 
Kanbawzathadi is the most famous World heritage of Myanmar.
Kanbawzathadi is the most famous World heritage of Myanmar.

8. The individual traffic

The motorbikes are forbidden in Yangon, so there are only cars on the road, and cars run on the right side. The taxi only run on each trip with agreed price and have no km clocks. The bus carrying tourist have doors up and down on the left, right in the middle of the road, very inconvenient for people. Therefore car accessories and the guides always have to stand right at the door to block the car, making ensure of safe for the tourists.
 
Myanmar traffic is crazy with trucks, cars, public cars, and rickshaw
Myanmar traffic is crazy with trucks, cars, public cars, and rickshaw
 
Yangon just start developing, but there is heavy traffic jam. However the space here is very ordered, people do not whistle and always give way to pedestrians. The highway is very large, the motorbikes run only in the edge of right or left, but not run in the middle of road. People here are still not obliged to wear helmets when driving motorbikes. In addition, Myanmar also have trishaw, an improved bicycle to carry more people.

9. The country has many mountain but does not have cable car

Though there are many pagodas on the mountains, but Myanmar does still not have cable car. The people use the have 4-wheeled, 7-seater, seven-seat, seven-passenger trucks to take people on the difficult roads to the pagodas. Besides, they have palanquins, one can be for every four people. The palanquin is made from bamboo with the diameter from 10 to 15 cm, in the middle is a chair for tourists sitting or lying. The furniture is carried on the behind papoose or placed on the head of the porters. These papooses are several meters high, loading up to 100 kg.
 
Want to go up to the mountains in Myanmar, you must go with public trucks like this.
Want to go up to the mountains in Myanmar, you must go with public trucks like this.

10. The conception of the death

Myanmar people always cremate died people as a custom, but they do not take the ashes to worship or bring to the temple. When people die, they use the same coffin, which is provided by mutual help, not leaving over the day and only cremate the body, not cremate the coffin. Here there is no anniversaries and ancestor - worshipping days, because they think that “when dying, they have gone to another world, and have no debt in the real life”.