1. Money

Accommodation and other large purchase can be paid for in dollars (dollars need to be crisp clean notes and the higher the value the better) but smaller everyday items need to be paid for in the local currency of kyats. As of 2013 there are now ATM’s where you can withdraw money, however there are not that many about and it’s always helpful to have to spare dollars in case you need them. If your exchanging money stay away from the Sule pagoda area as this is full of rip off currency exchangers.

2. Dress

Myanmar is still relatively conservative and women should wear a minimum of knee length skirts or shorts aswell as keeping shoulders covered. Mini skirts, short shorts and camisoles/vests are inappropriate.

3. Language

Hello- mingalar baa
Thank you- Chei zu tin bar te

4. Tea

It’s all about the tea in Myanmar, the culture is based around street side tea shops, for a real Myanmar experience you’ve got to head for a tea shop with the locals.

5. People

Myanmar people are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met, most people you see are walking round with a huge grin on their face. So don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, they will go out of their way to help you. Overall the country is also very safe and you needn’t worry about walking around at night.