Please respect Burmese people and culture
It is a point on which we are very sensitive at Ananda Travel Yangon.
Our team is French and Myanmar. We live from inside the feelings felt by
our Burmese friends in front of the behaviours of some tourists.
Burmese (like most of the Asiatic people) are particularly patient with the
Westerners. In Burma, the economic pressure and the embarrassment ("
A NA DE" in Burmese) make that your guide will have much evil to say
something directly to you, idem for the direction of a hotel.
easy to take advantage from it since nobody will say anything to you.
Things are changing and now at the Shwe-dagon pagoda, the Board of Trustee office will give you
a longyi to wear if your clothes are not correct.
At Ananda Yangon Travel, we will always support our guides when they
want to make respect their culture.
Red card :
We have seen, unfortunately too many times, women doing top less at Ngapali beach. Obvioulsy, this is a stupid behaviour, an insult for the Myanmar people that may also put in big trouble the hotel manager.
Pleaser do not.
Also, some people try to keep their socks visiting a pagoda. This is against the rules, it will only create problem to yourself or to your guide if you have it.
- Remove your shoes before entering the enclosure of a pagoda, the
enclosure external of the pagoda (the enclosing wall) or even a stone
heap with the Buddhism flag.
- Remove your shoes before entering a private house except contrary remark of your host.
you wish to make a donation at a monastery, you can give the
money to a " Kappiya ". The " Kappiya " ( pali word meaning :
adapted, authorized) serves the monks and can receive money and keep
it for the monks. The monastic code (Vinaya) is very clear, the monks
cannot receive money.
DON'T DO THIS !!
- Kiss in public place and in particular in the enclosure of a
- To wear shorts for the men as for the women.
wear tee-shirts too indented on the shoulders or the side.
- To touch
- To voluntarily walk on the shade of a monk.
- To touch the
head of an adult.
- To sit down higher than a monk or than a statue
- To sit on a statue of Buddha to make a photograph.
- To turn the plant of the feet towards somebody, a monk or a statue
- To challenge themselves or shout in the pagodas.
keep its socks in a pagoda.
- To give an offering in food to a monk
- To give money to a monk (few follow this monastic
- To ask a monk if he likes your present, his food (if answer
is yes, he shows attachment, if he says no and he is
likely to lie).
- Not sake the hand of a woman, except if she takes initiative of it.
- Keep your European bathing suit
for the swimming pool in the hotel. At the beach, put shorts.
In the same way not to put your body across a passage, Burmese people will
not dare to pass above you (and to disturb you to tell you to move).
- Never not
to show or nominate an object or a person with the point of the feet
(for example to choose an article exposed on the ground.....we have seen this a lot of time).