How To Travel Like a Local In Myanmar

With over 130 ethnic groups, Myanmar is one of the most diverse nations on the Asian continent. After opening its doors for tourism, the country warmly welcomes travelers and offers them memories that will last for a lifetime. Before you embark on a journey in the land of glittering golden temples, we advise you to check out this post, which will help you travel like a local in Myanmar.

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Respect Local Life

Immersing yourself in the glittering beauty of Myanmar first requires you to respect the culture and traditions of the country. Since Buddhism heavily influences Myanmar, a conservative dress-code is expected in the country. When visiting the temples, make sure to avoid shorts and prefer wearing clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.

But if you want to feel a bit more local, then we advise you to try the longyi. Longyi is a traditional Burmese cloth that people in Myanmar wear in their daily lives. In the period of British colonial rule, longyi got more and more popular. But what is more interesting about the long history of longyi is that each local tribe have their owns style with it. The patterns and weaves also change with different ethnicities.

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Drink Sugarcane Juice

Sugarcane is a very popular drink in Myanmar. You can find in every corner a vendor who is freshly squeezing sugarcane with a machine.

Make sure to try the sugarcane juice when you hear a vendor ringing the bells of his stalls on the streets of Myanmar. This should be one of the most local highlights of your trip. Do not forget to ask the vendor to add some ice and lime in your juice!

Be a Local in Myanmar and Wear Thanaka

People in Myanmar use thanaka to protect their skin from sunburn.

It is a yellow paste that the Burmese make by the roots of the thanaka tree with a little water. Women, men, and children have been using this ancient Burmese tradition for thousands of years. Burmese believe it to be one of the most beneficial natural creams in the world. Well, we recommend you try it yourself to experience Myanmar like a local.

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Take a Boat Trip Over Inle Lake

The best way to experience the Inle Lake is to take a boat trip over its shining waters. Watching the Intha fishermen and their unique fishing techniques will certainly help you get an authentic impression of life in Myanmar.

Check out Triplegend’s Myanmar Unlocked trip to get inspired by a country that is filled with glittering golden temples and an astonishing natural landscape.

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