Myanmar has been a promising land for many foreign visitors in recent years. Coming to this beautiful country on your Myanmar tours, you not only have the opportunity to explore the rich Buddhist culture, but you also have the chance to experience the unique traditions that are only alive in Myanmar. Let’s explore top 5 unique traditions of Myanmar with us.
1. Myanmar people celebrate New Year in 4 days
The New Year (Thingyan) is a great holiday for Myanmar tours. “Thingyan” is known as the water splash festival, usually held in April every year. On this day, everywhere, including banks, restaurants, shops are closed. The two biggest New Year festivities are Yangon (30 km from Martaban Bay) and Mandalay City (716 km north of Yangon). During the festival, people often fall in water to wash away the bad luck and sins of the previous year and give freedom to birds and fish on the last day of the festival. If you have a chance to come to this country, try to arrange your tour on these days, that could be the best Myanmar tours ever.
2. Myanmar has hundreds of beaches
Myanmar has a coastline of up to 2,000 km. Most of the beaches here face West, so visitors come here on Myanmar tour packages will have the chance to see the beautiful sunset. The most famous beach is Ngapali with the white sandy beach stretching over 3 km, just 45 minutes from Yangon, or pristine Ngwe Saung beach, also called Silver Sea, just 5 hours drive from Yangon, the sandy beach stretches for 13 km and is considered Asia’s longest beach.
3. Burmese men wear a skirt?
Burmese traditional attire is “longyi” it looks like a skirt. Men tied the Longyi in front, women folded up and sutured on the side.
In particular, in the cities, the Burmese men only wore underwear under longyi skirts when traveling on the streets. In rural areas, wearing underwear is less familiar with both males and females. “Longyi is great, like a free air conditioner,” a local man said cheerfully. This longyi is an advantage, especially in the summer with temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius. This custom must be a unique thing you could see in your Myanmar tours, make sure to ask for trying it on, it will be the unforgettable memory in your lifetime.
4. Strange eating habits
When you come here, you are only allowed to eat with your right hand, because according to Myanmar Burma, the left hand is used for personal hygiene.
A typical meal here is rice, fish, meat, vegetables, and soup. Burmese people often use their hands to wrap the rice into the grips and then eat with vegetables. When you go on Myanmar tours, you should note that Buddhists often avoid beef and Muslims do not eat pork.
5. Create a “fake kiss” to call the beer
When you want to attract attention to the waiter, Myanmar people often kiss short two or three times. The sound of “Chut chut” is like when you call pet cat.
Going down Street 19 in the Chinese area of Yangon, you will hear a lot of sounds like that. Narrow pedestrianized streets are often the place where people gather to eat and drink with tables and chairs just outside the sidewalk. The special beer here is Burmese beer, for only about $0.5 / cup. So that, come to this corner and try to call beer in this way one time in your Myanmar tour packages, it sounds great.
Bring cash with you. Myanmar has very few ATM, so it is best to bring a fair amount of cash when you go on Myanmar travel tour. And make sure your money is not crumpled, torn or has any strange traces. Otherwise, it will not be usable. Credit cards are currently only accepted at 5-star hotels and luxury restaurants.
Hope you can get the funniest tour with your friends!