Tall slender men dressed handsomely in ankle length ‘lungyis’ as well as women’s face brushed with ‘thanaka’ from tree branches make the Burmese a visually striking bunch. When you are in with locals, their laid back attitude and sense of humor will impress you deeply. If you present yourself polite and well-educated, there is nothing to stop you from getting closer to the culture.
Bring your camera to record beautiful sunrises and sunsets. When the sun rises and sets, you may feel like leaving your career back home. Mornings are a special time in Myanmar. When sunlight pours through dusty landscapes, a world of day slowly wakes up. You will see farmers tend to their flocks and temples receive the first devotees in the day.
In Myanmar, you will see monks everywhere. These studious gentlemen add burgundy-robed grace to daily life everywhere from the bustling cities to remote villages. Usually they’re open to talk with visitors and to practice their English. A common visit to many monasteries including viewing their lunch procession is popular. Keep it in mind all the time that you must be respectful of their lifestyle and tranquility.
Visiting local arts and hand-made goods, from bronze statues and woodcarvings to hand woven scarves and freshly rolled cigars can all be found here in abundance. Although it is common to bargain for multiple items, you'll find great prices regardless on great souvenirs while supporting people who still use traditional methods to create objects of beauty.
Last but not least, temples in Myanmar is another reason you shall come here. Walking into the incense-filled monasteries, gold leaf dome ceilings, carved wooden doors, and mirrored facades create a myriad variety of decorative styles. While images and statues of Buddha may have similarities, the variety of the temples housing them run the full visual spectrum.