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Etiquette

Myanmar etiquette is based on respect for others.

  • Greetings Both hands may be used to shake hands, and Myanmar women may prefer to simply smile and make a slight nod. Don't kiss in public.

  • Eating The right hand is used for eating, the left for personal hygiene.

  • Temples, shrines & mosques Dress conservatively at all religious sites, ie no revealing clothes, and legs and shoulders covered. Shoes and shocks should be removed before entering the religious site. Also refrain from taking photos of Buddha statues.

  • Heads and feet Don't touch people on the head and avoid pointing your feet at people or religious objects when sitting.

  • Bargaining Gentle hagglling in markets and taxis is OK, but not in shops.