Myanmar recently is one of the most attractive destinations in Asia. Let find out some interesting facts about this land of golden pagodas.
- Burmese New Year is in April
Thingyan or Water Festival is the New Year’s celebration which occurs in April every year. It normally last for 3 days. All shops and restaurants are closed during the festival. People will splash the water on each other because they believe that water will wash of the sins and bad luck of the previous year.
- No motorbike in Yangon
You will rarely see any motorbike in the downtown Yangon. This is because the government banned this mean of transport since 2003. Burmese people drive personal cars or use public transport instead.
- Breathtaking beaches
Myanmar has more than 2,000 km of coastline and one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The beaches stretch on Bengal Bay and most of them are still pristine. Among them, the most famous beach is Ngapali which is 45 minutes flight from Yangon.
- Keep your Bills clean
There is a plenty of ATMs in Burma but few of them accept foreign cards. You had better bring enough money and keep your bills very clean, no stain, not many creases and absolutely no torn or ripped money paper. Otherwise, the Burmese sellers and moneychangers will refuse your money because in their perception, those cash are worthless.
Besides the Kyat – local currency, US dollar is widely accepted in Burma.
- Kissing sound to call waiters
To attract attention of the waiter, Burmese make a kissing sound, usually two or three short kisses. Hence, do not surprise when you hear many of that sound in the Myanmar streets.
- National costume
Longyi is the national costume in Myanmar. It is a wraparound skirt that is worn by both men and women. Burmese men will make a tight knot in front while women fold the cloth over and secure it at the side. Wearing Longyi is also viewed as the way to deal with 40oC temperature.
- Use right hand
Eating with left hand is considered as a rude action in Myanmar as left hand is only for personal hygiene. Thus, when handling food or giving money to somebody, you should use your right hand.
- Chewing betel nut
Chewing betel nut is a daily habit of every Burmese. People sell betel stalls everywhere in the streets. A small betel nut combines with palm-sized green leave, spices and maybe a pinch of tobacco. They constantly chew betel in order to stain the teeth into dark red color.
- Thanaka face make up
Thanaka is the distinctive face cosmetic paste made from the ground bark and grinding water. Burmese believe that Thanaka is similar with sunblock, it is also anti-aging and acne prevention.
- Land of minerals
Myanmar is rich of minerals, including base metasl (iron, copper, zinc, tin, gold and silver), energy source (coal) to gems (sapphires, rubies, jade, etc.). 90% of the world’s rubies came from Myanmar in the past.
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