Going on a shopping spree of Myanmar’s fine range of handicrafts is one of the best ways of ensuring your tourist dollars benefit the local people who may have no other real source of income. It’s also a wonderful eye-opener to browse one of the many local markets selling fresh produce and everyday items, photogenically laid out by stallholders. Some classic Myanmar handicrafts that make for good souvineers include the following: Lacquerware Watch artisans craft, paint and engrave lovely bowls, cups and other ornaments at workshops throughout many parts of the country. Parasols Keep the sun off with the graceful, painted paper umbrellas that are a specialty of Pathein to the west of Yangon. Puppets If you enjoyed the classic marionette shows in Mandalay, why not adopt a puppet character of your own.