Dos and Don'ts for Tourists


Myanmar is a Buddhism country and it is famous as the Golden Land. Otherwise, it is also called the Land of Pagodas. So when coming to Myanmar, tourists should know the behaviors both in public and religious monuments.



  • "Min-ga-lar-bar" when meeting each other
  • "U" (for male) in front of the names for adult persons
  • "Daw" (for female) in front of the names for adult persons
  • Wear decent clothes to the pagodas or monasteries
  • Let the oldest be served first
  • Show respect to monks, novices and nuns
  • Offer articles with both hands
  • Keep the feet on the ground
  • Bend a bit when crossing close in front of the elders
  • Dress and act decent
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Take your bag with you at the hotel
  • Seek permission on retrieving an article above a person's head
  • Bring some medicines to be safe
  • Behave in a proper manner



  • Don't wear the shoes and shorts at the pagodas and monasteries
  • Don't sit with back against Buddha Image
  • Don't offer to shake hands with a monk
  • A woman should not touch a monk
  • Avoid being a nuisance when taking photograph
  • Don't handle Buddha Images or sacred object with disrespect
  • Don't keep Buddha Images or sacred objects in inappropriate places
  • Don't step on a monk's shadow
  • Don't touch anybody on the head
  • Don't touch a woman on any part of the body
  • Don't point a finger straight in the face
  • Don't step over any part of the person
  • Don't gamble
  • Don't go where you are advised not to go