Thứ Năm, 10 tháng 5, 2018

Myanmar – Thanaka, the secret of charm

Burmese women’s and children’s use of thanaka is a special custom; we explore this tradition’s background and the reasons it continues to thrive today

burmese people women feel good pride when they are asked to explain the golden paste covering their faces. This traditional skin conditioner has been used in Burmese society for centuries and is a cherished part of national identity.
Fragrant thanaka is a Burmese household custom. Every day, after taking a bath, women, children, and even some men paint thanaka on their faces. Burmese think thanaka bark cools their skin, tightens the pores, and controls oiliness.
Women apply this cream in diverse ways, from a casual smear to elaborate patterns, as a light coating or a thick mask. Especially those who work in paddy fields or toil outside for long periods use thanaka as a protective shield on their exposed faces and arms, believing it protects their skin against the unforgiving tropical sunshine.
Wearing thanaka is also a centuries-old method of female Burmese beautification. Some women writers talk up thanaka as a traditional Burmese beauty secret. “Thanaka liquid has properties that make the skin cool and smooth, with a refreshing and chilled fragrance, beautifying the users. It also cures pimples and acne,” notes Burmese researcher can could Aung.

Thanaka is made from tree bark. Thanaka wood is found in handicrafts like combs, boxes, and other small trinkets, and the tree’s roots are used as an “indigenous laxative,” according to be able to may Aung. Traditionally, Burmese women grind the bark of the thanaka tree with a little water on a flat, circular stone called a kyauk pyin. This produces a milky yellow liquid that dries quickly when applied to the skin, forming a powdery protective covering.
Thanaka from Burma
The history of thanaka dates from the earliest development of the country. Some think that the legendary queen of Peikthano, an antique Pyu city that burma3flourished more than 2,000 years ago, loved thanaka. According to historians, the Pyu citizen intermarried with Sino-Tibetan migrants who later became part of the Bamar (Burman) ethnicity. The earliest written reference to thanaka in myanmar is in a 14th century poem written by a consort of King Razadarit (or Rajadhirat), the monarch who successfully reunited all three Mon-speaking regions of southern myanmar. He ruled from 1384 to 1422 and fended off major assaults by the Burmese-speaking northern Kingdom of Ava (Innwa). According to the authoritative book Myanma Thanaka, written by Thar Hla in 1974, the revered novice monk and poet Shin Maha Ratthasara, who lived from 1486 to 1529, also referred to thanaka in his work.
Further evidence of the antiquity of thanaka came next the destruction of the Shwemadaw Pagoda in Pegu, an old city located 76 km north-east of the Burmese capital Rangoon, in the earthquake of 1930. Among the ruins was a kyauk pyin used by Princess Razadatukalya. She was the eldest daughter of King Bayintnaung, who assembled the largest empire in the history of South-East Asia and reigned from 1551 to 1581. The valuable ancient stone was later donated to the pagoda.
Nowadays, thanks to up to date scientific methods, thanaka is available as either a thick cream or a powder, making it easier to use. There are at least 200 brands in Nyaungbinlay Plaza, one of the biggest consumer markets in Rangoon.
Traders who sell thanaka estimate that daily sales of the bark paste are worth many millions of kyat. They also say that many of the thanaka products sold in the market lack the official Ministry of Wealth stamp of approval.
Sellers claim that while user-friendly cosmetic products are more convenient, tremendous Burmese women remain loyal to the traditional organic thanaka that has been used for generations because of concerns about the purity in the newer products.
“Organic thanaka is more pricey, but it gives you a cooling sensation and protects your skin from arid weather. Ready-made versions are cheap but I inclue heard they are mixed with soil, so I wouldn’t dare use them,” said Aye Mya Kyi, a retailer at Nyaungbinlay Plaza.
The scientific name of the thanaka grow is Limonia acidissima. The tall, slow-growing tree is native to South and South-East Asia and may advance on dry, rocky soil in areas with little water.
While other nations use its bark, leaves, roots, fruits, and gum for medical and other purposes, only the Burmese wear thanaka as a daily cosmetic and skin conditioner. Burmese citizen believe the best thanaka plants are naturally slow-growing, taking three to ten years for the trunk to reach two inches in diameter.
Due to increasing demand and a dearth of thanaka trees in natural forests, privately owned thanaka plantations and seedling-selling businesses are flourishing in the Burmese dry-zone, in villages around Yesagyo, Myaing and Shinrnataung townships in Magway Division. According to farmers, around 200 thanaka trees be able to develop on an acre of land with seasonal vegetables like beans and sesame.
The thanaka tree is a perennial that is mature for market after three to seven years of growth. Expert growers say the tree needs amazing care when young because of its vulnerability to insect attacks. This, with the normal expenses of the time-consuming plantation business, makes it fastidious to make much profit.
In 2006, thanaka was approved for export, targeting Burmese communities living abroad.
An ancient Asian proverb says the world’s most pretty women have a Thai smile, Indian eyes, and Burmese skin. Perhaps the Burmese possess thanaka to thank for the glowing reputation of their complexion.

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How Much Does It Cost to Travel in burma 2018?

“How much does it cost to visit in burma Tours?” is the most often asked question, which I get in your e-mails. The general answer should be that it depends on the style of your adventure, but that doesn’t really answer anything. Tourism boom, which has hit the country final year caused tremendous prices to skyrocket. The bad news is that burma is the second most expensive country to go to after Singapore in Southeast Asia. The worse news is that it’s going to be more expensive in the coming 2-3 years. Let’s carry a look how much money a trip to burma is likely to cost you this year.

In burma the local currency is kyat (MMK). The exchange rate in recent months was approximately US$1 = 840-860 MMK. In last week or so US1$ was 880-890 MMK. As no one knows if it’s going to stay that way for long let’s calculate that US$1 = 850 MMK. For a typical tour in myanmar you will need a visa, accommodation, food, local transport, and entrance fees as the absolute minimum. Let’s break it down then!

Visa

Every traveler visiting the country requires a visa. At present it cost US$30. Please check with your nearest burma embassy and don’t complain if it’s more expensive few months after this article was published.

Accommodation

The cheapest guesthouses and hotels go for about US$15-20 all around the major locations in the country. In that price you will get an old, worn-off, not to clean room with outdated often uncomfortable furniture. It will come with an ancient, loud air conditioner or a fan. The room will have a primary bathroom. If you are lucky you will contain a hot water and working toilet. The criterion of cleanliness varies, but is usually worse than you would normally expect. Many cheap hotels are full of mosquitos. They are also often occupied by mostly Asian sex tourists, which might not make for the quietest night. Please note that sometimes the cheapest might not be available and you will end up in an equally lousy room for US$30 or something relatively decent for US$50-60.
In some places you may sleep in the monastery. It’s free, but you should leave a donation of 5,000 MMK+ per person per night.
Homestays are generally illegal at present (some changes are on the way), but some locals are happy to accommodate you nevertheless. Due to the recent liberalization of the country, contrary to the well known opinion you should not put your hosts in trouble for staying with them if you are discreet about it. You also should leave a donation of 5,000 MMK+ per person per night.
Couchsurfing is free, but most of the locals do not host as they are quiescent afraid of the government. Tremendous foreigners including me do not host as they simply don’t have time to respond to 100 inquiries per week. But fantastic luck with this!
A decent mid-range hotel will cost you US$50 – US$100, while luxury goes from US$300+

Food

You can grab a portion of rice and chicken curry on the street for up to 1,000 MMK. There are only two problems with road food in burma. Firstly it’s the hygiene or lack of thereof. I hear you saying ‘Oh, I ate on the road in Thailand, Cambodia, and tremendous other places. I’ll be fine.’ probably you will, probably you won’t. This is myanmar, my friend. When thinking about food hygiene think not Thailand, but India. Only worse.
Saying that I have to admit that I eat on the street once in a while and most of the time I am fine. My primary three weeks in the country, however, were the worst in my life when it comes to stomach issues. It’s your holidays. The choice is also yours.
The second issue with cheap road food is its value. While in Thailand you could get a decent portions of rice and chicken/pork/seafood for up to 2 USD, in myanmar you will get a relatively modest portion of rice and very small portion of meat. And most of it will be bones anyway. A normal adult person will ought to order a triple portion costing you up to 3,000 MMK to not feel hungry one hour later.
Save yourself the hustle and head straight to the local restaurants (a level up from street food) and get rice with watercress for 1,500 – 2,000 MMK, hot&sour chicken with rice for about 3,000 MMK, fried fish for 6,000 MMK, and a bottle (640 ml) of cold burma beer for 1,600 MMK. Count 15,000 MMK per day and you should not be walking hungry and thirsty
Want to treat yourself? Head to one of the wonderful restaurants such as The Corriander Leaf (Indian Fine Dining), Acacia Tea Saloon (mixed cuisine) or Le Planteur (European Cuisine). Get ready to say goodbye to about 20,000-30,000 MMK in the primary two. Full three-course dinner with wine at Le Planteur will cost you around US$100.

Local Transport

You should not pay more than 3,000 MMK for a taxi anywhere within Yangon adventure. I usually pay 1,500 – 3,000 MMK depending on the distance. Negotiate in expand as there are no meter taxi in burma. A taxi from the airport or bus station to the city center (45-60 minutes) will cost you 8,000 MMK or slightly less depending on the distance and your negotiation skills. Use the above prices as a reference for Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake as well.
The public buses in Yangon charge 200 MMK per ride. Try it out if you know where they are going.
A taxi for all day will cost you from US$50 to US$100. A car with a driver for a day in myanmar will cost you anywhere between US$100 to US$200 depending on the car quality and who you organize it with.
Highway buses cost from 6,000 MMK (for example Yangon – Nay Pyi Taw) to 20,000 MMK (Yangon – Mandalay) depending on the bus quality and distance.
An overnight sleeper train from Yangon to Mandalay will cost you US$60. The prices for other trains and location depend on the distance and quality of the train. General rule is that the trains are more expensive than the buses on the same routes, but the experience is worth it. At least once.
Flights between major destinations cost between US$100 to US$200 one way depending on tremendous factors such as time of booking, who you book with, and possibly some others. It’s the fastest, most convenient, and most pricey way of traveling in myanmar.

Entrance fees

Entrance fees are generally not high, but may be a pain in the ass. A get to to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon will cost you US$5. Some other pagodas and sights around the country will usually cost anything around US&1-5 with a few exceptions of US$10. Many sights are free or charge a modest camera fee (300-500 MMK) if you contain one. Entry fee to Inle Lake and Bagan is US$10 each. Depending on what you want to find in Mandalay, you might need a pass for all the sights in the city which cost US$10 as well. These prices will probably be higher very soon. US$50 should carry care of all your entrance fees. The income from the admission fees goes directly to the Tourism Development Fund managed by the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism. It’s not the best idea to avoid if you want better infrastructure for your second visit.

Summary

Given the above let’s try to calculate a typical cheap, but reasonable two-weeks stay in burma featuring Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake – the country’s most known for destinations.

Solo traveler:

  • Visa: US$30
  • Accommodation: US$20 x 14 nights = 280
  • Food: 18 USD x 14 = 252 USD
  • Local transport: 3 /medium/long distance highway buses = US$50 + US$50 for taxis in all locations = US$100.
  • Entrance fees: US$50
  • Total: US$713

Couple:

  • Visa: US$30 x2
  • Accommodation: US$20 x 14 nights = 280
  • Food: 18 USD x 14 x 2 = 504 USD
  • Local transport: 3 /medium/long distance highway buses = US$50 x 2 + US$50 for taxis in all locations = US$150.
  • Entrance fees: US$100
  • Total: US$1,094

This good-hearted of trip should cost you between US$700 to US$800, which sets your daily budget at US$50-57 if you are traveling solo. If you are traveling as a couple the trip should cost you around US$1,100 setting your daily budget at roughly US$40 per person.
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Living cost in myanmar for the expat in 2016

How much does it cost to live in Myanmar? It depends on your lifestyle is the shortest, but very vague answer. Tremendous will tell you that you that you could rent an apartment for $200-300 and eat delicious meals on the road for $1. But it’s not a full picture. I decided to carry a look at lifestyles and cost of living of a few expats (including mine) based in Yangon to give you an idea of budgeting your relocation to burma tour.

Typical apartment block in Yangon

Marc Piano, an English teacher and a freelance consultant

I rent a very simple apartment for $180 per month including the bills. I spend about $300 for food eating mostly on the road, and additional $100 for nights out (I am not drinking anymore) and other entertainment (buying video games and movies). Transport (buses&taxis) cost me no more than $70 per month. Internet access costs me $80. My monthly spendings come to around $730. (I am not factoring visa costs and flights related to that.) That’s on the high finish and is often less.

Marek (Product & Marketing Manager) & Karen (Sales Manager) at local tour operator

We rent a 3-bedroom (120 square meters) apartment in a so called condominium near Inya Lake. Contrary to the popular belief there are more differences between apartments and condominiums than just having an elevator. The condominiums are usually better maintained, come with security, car park, and suggestion 24-hours electricity and water supply (most of the time). We pay for it $1,800, but we sublet two rooms for $500 each. The company we work for pays for our Internet access. The bills come to about $130 per month.

We spend for food about $20 per day eating mostly in local, but clean restaurants. Nights out and other entertainment come to $200. The transport costs us $50 (driving company car + occasional taxis). Other expenses include gym membership costing about $160 per month for both of us (paid in expand for six months).

Our comfortable, but by no means glorious life costs us between $1750 and $2000 per month.

General Manager of one of the better hotels in Yangon

I rent a two bedrooms (90 square meters) apartment with balcony in a thoughtful, newly built condominium close to Kandwagyi Lake. It costs me $2,400 and the price includes cable TV and Internet. I eat mostly in high-end restaurants like The Corriander Leaf, Bangkok Kitchen, Acacia Tea Saloon, Cafe Dibar. An average meat/seafood dish with a bottle of wine to go with it, costs me $25-50. Monthly it comes to about $600-800. Groceries cost me between $150-300 and taxis about $150.

A lifestyle as comfortable as I could get in Yangon costs me between $3,300 and $3,700 depending on the month.

Summary

Life in Yangon could range from cheap to pricey depending on your lifestyle preferences. It’s certainly possible to live for less than a $1,000 (add $500 to live as a couple), but personally I would hate to do that. If you don’t mind a low quality, spartan apartment in an ancient, dirty, worn-off block with electricity and water issues – things with which an average myanmar people has to cope on the every day basis, $1,000 might just be enough for you. You will must eat on the street most of the time, where unlike in neighboring Thailand for example, food is of very low quality, nutritional value and questionable taste.

Relatively comfortable life as a single man in Yangon will cost you minimum $1,500 and around $2,000 for a couple. You need $3,500 ($4,500 for a couple) and up for a life, which can be considered very comfortable/luxurious in Yangon.

Are you an expat in Yangon or other parts of the country? Share your views!

Living cost in {Burma|myanmar| for the {expat|traveler|tourist} in {2014|2015|2016|2017|2018}

How much does it cost to live in Myanmar? It depends on your lifestyle is the shortest, but very vague answer. Tremendous will tell you that you that you may rent an apartment for $200-300 and eat delicious meals on the road for $1. But it’s not a full picture. I decided to take a look at lifestyles and cost of living of a few expats (including mine) based in Yangon to give you an idea of budgeting your relocation to myanmar journey.

Typical apartment block in Yangon

Marc Piano, an English teacher and a freelance consultant

I rent a very simple apartment for $180 per month including the bills. I spend about $300 for food eating mostly on the street, and additional $100 for nights out (I am not drinking anymore) and other entertainment (buying video games and movies). Transport (buses&taxis) cost me no more than $70 per month. Internet access costs me $80. My monthly spendings come to around $730. (I am not factoring visa costs and flights related to that.) That’s on the high end and is often less.

Marek (Product & Marketing Manager) & Karen (Sales Manager) at local adventure operator

We rent a 3-bedroom (120 square meters) apartment in a so called condominium close to Inya Lake. Contrary to the famous belief there are more differences between apartments and condominiums than just having an elevator. The condominiums are usually better maintained, come with security, car park, and proposal 24-hours electricity and water supply (most of the time). We pay for it $1,800, but we sublet two rooms for $500 each. The company we work for pays for our Internet access. The bills come to about $130 per month.

We spend for food about $20 per day eating mostly in local, but clean restaurants. Nights out and other entertainment come to $200. The transport costs us $50 (driving company car + occasional taxis). Other expenses include gym membership costing about $160 per month for both of us (paid in advance for six months).

Our comfortable, but by no means magnificent life costs us between $1750 and $2000 per month.

General Manager of one of the better hotels in Yangon

I rent a two bedrooms (90 square meters) apartment with balcony in a nice, newly built condominium near Kandwagyi Lake. It costs me $2,400 and the price includes cable TV and Internet. I eat mostly in high-end restaurants such as The Corriander Leaf, Bangkok Kitchen, Acacia Tea Saloon, Cafe Dibar. An average meat/seafood dish with a bottle of wine to go with it, costs me $25-50. Monthly it comes to about $600-800. Groceries cost me between $150-300 and taxis about $150.

A lifestyle as comfortable as I can get in Yangon costs me between $3,300 and $3,700 depending on the month.

Summary

Life in Yangon may range from cheap to pricey depending on your lifestyle preferences. It’s certainly possible to live for less than a $1,000 (add $500 to live as a couple), but personally I would hate to do that. If you don’t mind a low quality, spartan apartment in an old, unclean, worn-off block with electricity and water issues – things with which an average myanmar citizen has to cope on the every day basis, $1,000 might just be enough for you. You will must eat on the road most of the time, where unlike in neighboring Thailand for example, food is of very low quality, nutritional value and questionable taste.

Relatively comfortable life as a single man in Yangon will cost you minimum $1,500 and around $2,000 for a couple. You need $3,500 ($4,500 for a couple) and up for a life, which can be considered very comfortable/luxurious in Yangon.

Are you an expat in Yangon or other parts of the country? Share your views!

Burma money exchange and currency

Card usage is not accepted in burma, that sentences used to be widely well known past few years to tourists preparing a burma adventure. Now the situation is much different. Below is our latest updates about money usage why travelling in burma (Burma).

burma (Burma) Money exchange and currency

Myanmar’s national currency, the KYAT (pronounced chat, and abbreviated MMK) is divided into the next banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500, and K1000. The exchange rate is about US$ 01 ~ MMK 1340.
Travelers should ensure they arrive in burma with some visit budget portions in US dollars, as ATMs are quite popular in main cities yet very hard to realize some in smaller cities. The ATM machines are often installed in front of main hotels. The travelers may withdraw money in US$, SGD, and Bath Thai. Online payment is now accepted, too. Most of the online payment gateways are operated by foreign organizations with international secure standards. The processing fee is running from 3 - 5%. Despite those facts, burma is the country where "cash is king". Every seller welcome cash and you should not rely on a single money source, keep some cash in your pocket in both USD and local Kyat.
However please pay at attention when take US notes with you:
  • The US$ notes have to be new.
  • The US$ notes torn, marked, folded will not be accepted.
  • The US$ notes having series prior 2003 backward may not accepted.
  • You are allowed to bring up to US$ 5000 in cash per person to enter burma.

Burmese money, Kyat, is accepted widely regardless of the note conditions.
Money changers are reluctant to deal with damaged notes at a stunning lower rate. US dollars may be changed at Yangon airport, banks (which give the best exchange rates) and some hotels (which charge more but may be handy in a pinch). Black market money changers are prolific on the streets of major tourist hubs, but generally, give a much worse price for KYAT.

Credit cards & travelers cheques

HIT burma confirms that card usages are now well known in main visiting destinations of myanmar. The sellers charge a small portion around 3.5% on each transaction for processing fees and their card welcome attitudes are diverse. A credit card is now usable in main cities of myanmar like Yangon, Mandalay etc. Most of the hotels accept credit card payment. The fee is widely known at 3.5% per transaction.
Some websites even allow Online payment by credit card with the high secure criterion. However, the processing fee is about 5.1%, rather higher than neighbor countries like Thai land or Vietnam (about 3%).

Exchanging money in burma (Burma)


The $100 bill gets a slightly better exchange rate than a $50 or $20, and so on. And supposedly the exchange rate is marginally better early in the week (Monday or Tuesday). We’ve also been told that exchange rates sometimes fluctuate with poppy season too!
It’s safest to change money at banks, hotels, and shops, rather than on the street. The money changers standing around just east of the Mahabandoola Garden in Yangon have a reputation for short-changing new arrivals for several thousand kyats.
Never hand over your money until you’ve received the kyat and counted them. Honest money changers will await you do this. Money changers give ready-made, rubber-banded stacks of a hundred K1000 bills. It’s a wonderful idea to check each note individually. Often you’ll find one or two (or more) with a cut corner or taped together, neither of which anyone will accept. We heard from some travelers that Yangon money changers possess asked for a ‘commission’.
many travelers do the bulk of their exchanging in Yangon, where you can get about K100 more per dollar than elsewhere, then carry the stacks of kyat for a couple of weeks around the country. Considering the relative safety from theft, it’s not a bad idea, but you could burma exchange money elsewhere.
Also, when paying for rooms and services in US dollars, check your change carefully. Locals like to unload slightly torn $5 bills that work fine in New York, but will be meaningless for the sleep of your trip.

Spending money in burma (Burma) while travelling

burma (Burma), once the cheapest country in Southeast Asia, has recently been subject to some hefty price hikes due to a boom in travel to myanmar.
At a pinch, shoestring travelers be able to get by on a budget of approximately US$40 a day for a cheap guesthouse (no aircon and dubious hygiene) in high season, go to on local buses and meals at local street food stalls and tea houses.
Travelers wanting access to air conditioned hotel rooms, meals at western-style restaurants and taxi rides should budget closer to $120 per day. Luxury hotels in Yangon and Bagan can be as pricey as anywhere in the western world.
Tipping as known in the West is not customary in burma. HIT burma encourages some advice for the citizen getting involved in your services if you find satisfied enough. The tipping is not compulsory though little extra ‘presents’ are sometimes expected (even if they’re not asked for) in exchange for a service (such as unlocking a locked temple at Bagan, helping move a bag at the airport or showing you around the ‘sights’ of a village).
It’s a wonderful idea to keep some small notes (K50, K100, K200) when visiting a religious temple or monastery, as donations can be asked for. Also, you could wish to leave a donation.
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Thứ Ba, 8 tháng 5, 2018

Tours Myanmar attractions of tourism in the summer

Whether you are a person who loves adventures or has the desire of exploring new cultures and places in the world, myanmar is always a fantastic selection for all tourists. It is such a place which meets all the requirements of visitors for an exciting and worth remembering adventure with featured experiences. In this summer, if you have not chosen a clear destination for an adventure myanmar on holidays, let’s consider the country as a place to go. There are numerous things to bring into consideration for a travel to burma in the summer. In this article, we will together explore the six most concerned reasons that attract worldwide tourists to come for a summer trip to myanmar, the country land of Golden Pagodas.

1.myanmar has opened to tourism

During the five passed recent decades, burma almost closed its door to all tourism services. It is nearly impossible to come to visit this religious country without a strict control and checking system. However, during the two passed years, burma has passed numerous policies and enacted them to officially open the door for development and improvement of tourism service in particular, and to the national economy in general. Thanks to the reforms, there are more tourists are accepted to travel the country annually and the burma trip cost is no longer a broad problem. The country of myanmar used to be a mysterious and hard-to-reach place for backpackers and tourists now turns to be one of the most captivating places for tourism for a big number of foreign and domestic tourists.

2. Myanmar has not been affected much by the state of the art life pace

Because the open-door policies of the country have not been enacted for a long time enough, many myanmar attractions have not been affected much by the hustle and bustle pace of the modern life. The constructions of Buddhist religion such as temples or pagodas, monasteries built from the 10th century tranquil maintain their former appearance up to now. There are signals of damages, but they are not clear and not serious to influence badly the quality of these buildings. Furthermore, the pristine beauty of natural reserves or beaches of the country is tranquil kept since there are not many stalls to be set along the tourist sites. Thanks to that, it is easier for the local authorities to keep the clean environment and raise the awareness of the citizen and tourists on their effect of actions to the nature.

3. myanmar is a country with many valuable cultures

myanmar people quiet keep their cultural features and customs very well until now. There is almost no action or tendency to change their culture or integrate with other cultures in the world. The local citizen still use their “longyi”, the traditional clothing, for daily activities, and it is fantastic to discover this in an tours myanmar. They also use “Thanaka” instead of modern and pricey sunscreens sold out all over the world. This is not a considerate of cream but powder to apply on the skin, protect them from the bad effect of the direct sunshine and nourish their skin to be smooth and bright. Even in developing cities, visitors can easily catch the spectacle of indigenous people walking barefoot, plain transport means such as ox carts instead of cars or motorbikes.

4.Myanmar is the wonderland for tourists to discover and experience

If you want to spend your time on visiting and exploring with valuable experiences on a visit, myanmar will be a place to fulfill all your expectations. This country has plentiful religious constructions spreading throughout the country. For clever travellers to myanmar, these places should always be the priorities. Wherever you go or travel, you will also have a occasion to witness the majesty of buildings and architectures inspired by the religion of the whole country, Buddhism. They are impressive constructions and archaeological relics such as gilded stupas and sophisticated carved wall pictures. All the famous temples or pagodas that attract tourists the most these days were built from many centuries ago. They quiet maintain their original beauty while having more concern of the local authorities to be restored and provided with services to meet the demands of visitors for tourism.

5. Inle Lake is the site to learn about the life of ethnic minorities

If you want to learn more about the special lifestyle of the Burmese ethnic citizen, the Inle Lake surroundings will be very suitable for you. On houses set on the lake surface, there are people living there and their life and daily activities are based on the lake and its surroundings. Their life is very quiescent and easy with activities such as fishing, weaving and rowing their boats on the lake in the dawn or early mornings. You be able to be attracted to the place when reading about it in burma adventure guide books. The Inle Lake surroundings are very well known with places to sell handmade weaved cloths which are highly unlikely and precious with materials of silk taken from lotus petals on the lake. It have to be great to touch them and put the clothes made of them on the body. That is the reason why for any visitor coming to myanmar, it is always advisable to drop in Inle Lake for a while to witness the tranquil life of Burmese citizen and buy for themselves or their lovers some fantastic souvenirs previous getting back. On the other hand, it is also a amazing idea to experience the moment of breaking dawn on Inle Lake in an adventure myanmar. It is always said that the view is the really paradise for all trips you could get in your whole life.

6.Myanmar is also known for its crowded markets

In your tours throughout burma, you should not fail to participate in any night market in the country. Coming to these places will be an indispensable part of your adventure to the country. There are tremendous things you be able to only notice in a burma attraction night market. The sellers spread their goods right on the land, under the temporary covers to avoid sunshine, rain or wind. A night market is always better compared to a normal market in myanmar because there you be able to see various kinds of products from tropical fruits, shrimps, fish or clothes and accessories with very cheap price. While during the day, you may go to popular constructions and tourist destinations recommended in some other Myanmar-related articles, at night, it is very ideal to come to a night market and enjoy the interesting purchasing activities there.

Of course, in the summer, there are always numerous choices for tourists to get a meaningful and worthy trip. However, for sure, an tour myanmar should always be put under consideration, due to many reasons. If you are excited on a adventure to find out the interesting things listed above, get ready for it! The summer is coming, and you will be expected to have really great experiences in this pretty and quiescent country.

Thứ Bảy, 5 tháng 5, 2018

Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide burma

With charming natural sceneries and open trade policies to foreign countries in recent years, burma has become a favorite site for tourists. burma journey are always crowded and take place regularly to meet the need of visitors. However, prior coming to this country, you should learn about some customs and traditions here to make your trip more comfortable and interesting. This article provides some most useful rough guide burma so you can better enjoy the trip.First, when visiting temples and other Buddhist religious sites, tourists have to go bareheaded and walk barefoot. You are not allowed to wear hats, shoes and socks, especially shorts, T-shirts, too thin or too short skirts when visiting temples. Reading some burma journey blogs, it is easy to realize the information for any visitor. Some places do not allow women to approach the altars. Visitors should find out the suitable time and destination to carry photos then ask for permission to take pictures and film. Besides, you must respect monks and nuns (Burmese called Sangha) and the elderly. Visitors should not shake the hands of monks.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



myanmar people think the east express the good luck. They argue that the east is the place to notice the purity of the Buddha. That explains why the Buddha altar in the Burmese family is often placed near the east wall of the main room. When they sleep, their head must turn toward the east, not the west, because it is the smeariness and they will encounter unhappiness. You could ask the local people more about the tradition in a myanmar independent tours.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



Greeting together with a smile is a common habit. Burmese believe that the sinciput is a place of respect, so other people are not allowed to touch their heads, even toward children. Citizen also do not meddle the privacy and secrets of their friends or colleagues. They respect the freedom of each other. The customs are described very interestingly in tremendous burma guide books.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



According to the myanmar habit, citizen must put off their shoes before entering the house. It is a primary rough guide myanmar. When meeting the elderly, do not use the right hand for handshakes because the right hand is considered dirty. When visiting rural and mountainous villages, visitors should primary learn about the local customs to performance their respect for the people traditions.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



Talking about eating habits, burmese citizen only eat two meals a day at 9 a.m. And 5 p.m., and they own snack for lunch. In meals, they often have vegetables, shrimp or fish. They said that if they lack fish and shrimp, they do not eat appetizers. Joining in any burma backpack adventure, you could be invited to have meals with the people. Burmese do not eat rice with chopsticks. Before eating, they must wash their hands and then use their hands to roll the rice into balls and eat with vegetables. Burma people always eat with their right hand. In their scenery, the left hand often does daily inclue hygiene work, so they are not used for eating. Buddhists often avoid eating beef and Muslims do not eat pork.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



burma has very few ATMs, so it is the best to carry cash when you go to here. And be sure that your money is not rumpled, torn or has any strange traces, otherwise it will not be used. According to some myanmar blogs, redit cards are only accepted at 5 star hotels and large restaurants.

Traditional costumes of the burma citizen are "longyi" skirts. Men bind skirts in front, and the skirts of women are folded up and sewed on the hip. In particular, in the cities, Burmese men only wear underwear under the longyi skirts when going out to the streets. In rural areas, it is remarkable to be a myanmar highlight that wearing underwear is less common with both men and women.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



The next abnormal custom of the burma citizen is that they celebrate the New Year in four days. New Year (Thingyan) is a unique holiday for the citizen in this country. "Thingyan" is known as the water splash festival, which usually takes site in April every year. It is also a simple characteristic of Burmese customs for rough guide burma. On these days, some places such as banks, restaurants, shops are all closed. The two biggest cities celebrate the New Year the most imposingly are Yangon (30 km from Martaban Bay) and Mandalay City (716 km north of Yangon). During the festival, people often splash the others with water to wash away the bad lucks and sins of the before year and set free to birds and fish on the ultimate day of the festival.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



myanmar has a fire-burning festival in October and this festival is similar to the Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam. They burn lights to welcome the novice Buddha return from Nirvana. The festival makes it worth a world myanmar adventure for worldwide tourists. This festival lasts for three days, during which every family burn lights and fireworks. Myanmar also has another big festival, it is Myanmar's independence day on January 4.

When visiting myanmar, visitors will see that the local people also contain a odd custom. According to the spectacle of Burmese people, to be a beautiful woman, from the age of 5, any girl ought to wear a belt waist, then embroidered 30 more belts. Getting to myanmar, you will realize that for a man choosing a wife, the size of her waist is one of the canon to be put under consideration.

burma also has a lot of thoughtful customs. Buddhism has a fantastic impact on the daily life of the Burmese. So people live sincerely, worship Buddhism and dress casually. The mutual morale of the Burmese citizen is very high. Whether in urban or rural areas, the citizen are treated with respect, rarely quarreling or scolding each other. Burmese are very self-aware of the law. Hunting birds, animals or arbitrarily cutting trees are taboo. They believe if something is not your contain property, you will not allowed to use. So the phenomenon of robbery or theft in public is very unlikely. With that lifestyle, the phenomenon of adultery lead to divorce in society is also limited. You should have known one rough guide burma already that Burmese citizen voluntarily give alms to monks. Numerous poor citizen are always willing to give them food or money.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



Burmese people inclue no surnames, they only inclue primary names. When greeting, they often fold their hands in front of their chests or lower their heads. Myanmar people love birds. Buffalo is also respected. When seeing a buffalo on the road, you ought to give ways for the buffalo to pass original. Some places in the temple area, especially the solemn and spiritual places, do not permit women to enter. You should ask the local guide to be sure you are in the right position. Another primary rough guide myanmar, women should not sit on the top of a car or boat and on a roof, which means sitting over someone else's head. Women are also not allowed to touch or shake hand with monks in any way. If you unfortunately touch, you had better apologize. In myanmar, only men are allowed to be a monk. If you wear traditional Burmese dresses, you should wear turtle-neck, not uncovered the back, the belly and the chest and women have to wear bras. You have to wear trousers and long sleeved shirts when visiting the temples of Myanmar; Filming and taking some pictures is a sensitive issue in myanmar. This is the most troublesome problem that numerous tourists meet. You should avoid photographing or filming at sensitive burma sites related to politics, hospital, security. In case you are caught by police and arrested to delete the picture, it will be better if delete it and apologize. Do not run away or try to persuade because you will only get into trouble if you do that.



Burmese most interesting customs through a rough guide Myanmar



Each country has its inclue special customs, so does myanmar. So you should learn about the culture of myanmar citizen prior traveling here. With the development of information currently, it is not picky at all to read useful rough guide myanmar previous your trip. By that way, you will definitely possess a perfect and interesting adventure to this country.