Dos and Don'ts

The Ministry of Hotel and Tourism proposes the following Do's and Don'ts:



  • When addressing people, don’t leave out U (which stand for Mr.) or Daw (which stand for Ms./ Mrs.).


Eating and Health

  • For hygiene reasons, eat only in decent restaurants. When not available, always eat heated food. Don’t eat food purchased from street vendors.
  • Carry some medicines for diarrhea.
  • If sick, don’t worry. All doctors are English literate.
  • Health insurance is not available.



  • When buying gems, sculptures, or any expensive souvenir, make sure it comes with an export permit and must be authorized dealer.
  • Myanmar currency should be exchanged at the official exchange counters and banks.



  • Don’t leave expensive items in your room. Use safe deposit box.
  • Beware of cheats, swindlers, imposters.



  • International Driving Permit required which must be presented to the authorities to endorse or issue a Visitor license (* Note: While the streets are planned for driving on the left side, citizens are driving from the right side).



  • At religious places, remove footwear, but to remove headwear is not necessary.
  • Don’t touch sacred objects with disrespect. Hold them in your right- hand, or with both hands. (* Note: the acquisition or export of a statue of Buddha or even his head is prohibited).
  • Leave a donation when possible.
  • Don’t offer your hand to shake hands with a monk.


All instructions issued by the Ministry of Tourism and Hotels can be reviewed via the following link: