Culture Shock - Myanmar - Burma
Does & Don't
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.
It is 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.
Pagoda near U Bein bridge - Myanmar
- 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.
- If 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.
- Do not forget that in south-east asia, when you may have a problem and the people are smilling, it is because they are embarrassed.... not making fun of you.