Chicken fortune telling for marriage in Myanmar

Traveling to Myanmar to discover the chicken fortune telling for marriage of Myanmar people. When visiting Ko-e ethnic group in Myanmar, tourists will see a special costume that is they often observe chicken to tell marriage future.

Previously, if it is not good, the marriage will be failed. Nowadays, most of marriages will be decided by parents of two sides. If the parents of the woman agree, they will hold the wedding for her.

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At first, the groom’s family will ask the village head and the matchmaker to come to the bride’s family for marriage agreement, the wedding will be held in the very early morning when people are still sleeping. They do that because if the marriage will not succeed, it will not affect the relationship of two families

In the morning, the wedding will watch the chicken bone one more time to tell the fortune and luck of the groom and bride. The result of chicken fortune telling is often like what they do when asking for engagement

When the wedding is held, the groom and bride will eat in one table. After the wedding, the bride will be taken to the groom’s house by friends. At the groom’s house, the bride and her friends will pretend to grind rice and then, the bride pretend to carry water to pour into the big jar. The groom will do the same. Before that, the groom will symbolically work at the bride’s house. In that day, after the bride cook rice alcohol, she will sleep at the groom’s house and then come back home in the next day

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When traveling to Myanmar, tourists will see one more special thing of locals, which is Ko-e ethnic group will make wedding without making love because after getting married, they have to live away from each other from 15 days to one month. In the morning, they will come to the partner’s house to work and come back home in the morning to rest. If the husband wants to come to the wife’s house, he has to sneak in the midnight. After 15 days to one month, they will officially live in one roof

This ethnic group also has the custom of re-getting married. The first time is when they are young and the second time is when they have the 3rd – 4th child or 5th – 6th child

However, they seriously perform the policy of one spouse. If the wife has affair with other man, she will be look down or even killed. That man at least must compensate the husband and the wife must kill a cow to do penance in front of all villagers. What a strange and unique custom!

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How to planning your Myanmar tour Part two

The previous part includes the method to booking intercity bus and exchanging money in Myanmar. In the part, visitors can have specific information about domestic travel in the path chosen by Myanmar luxury travel: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay.

1. Transports in Yangon
There are many taxis waiting on the two sides outside the airport, so visitors can easily pick one to their hotel. In Myanmar, people should ask the fee for their trips before going on the taxis. Almost of the visitors can have lower cost for a taxi in Departure place than in Arrive place in the airport, because the taxi already brings guests from the city center to the airport, and they need someone to share the petrol money on the way back. One important note is, before using any public transports, visitors should ask the cost and make a deal with the drivers. There are some cases, drivers cannot speak English, so visitors can ask them to write on paper to prevent misunderstanding.

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Taxi is the most convenient transport in Yangon. However, all of the taxis do not have trip meter and the visitors should make a deal before starting their jouneys.

One taxi without air conditioner from Yangon Airport to Shwedagon Pagoda can carry 6 persons and it cost 5.000 Kyat (5USD) for total. The one with air conditioner cost 7.000 Kyats (7 USD). After visit Shwedagon, if go to Aung Mingalar Station to go to Bagan, tourists can take a taxi with the cost of 7.000 Kyats. The taxi with air conditioner from Yangon Airport to Sule Pagoda costs 6.000 Kyats (6 USD).
In Aung Mingalar Station, to have the best price for a trip to Yangon Airport, visitors can walk a little bit to the street and catch a taxi with the cost of 3.000 Kyats.

2. Transports in Bagan
The most popular public vehicles are horse cart and bicycle. One horse cart can carry 3 persons and they are willing to take visitors to tourism places all day with the cost of 25.000 Kyats (24-25 USD). A half day trip takes 15.000 Kyats (around 14 USD).
If having more time, one who visits Bagan in autumn should hire a bicycle or electric bicycle to fully enjoy the beauty and the cool weather there. A bicycle costs 1.500 Kyats (1.5 USD) and an electric bicycle costs 6.000-7.000 Kyats (6-7 USD) for one day.

3. Transports in Mandalay
Myat Mandalar Station in Madalay offers visitors taxi service for Myanmar luxury travel to all of the famous places including Mahamuni Pagoda, U-Bein Woody Bridge, Sagaing Hill and Inwa Ancient Capital. One half-day trip from the morning to mid-day costs 50 USD. From the city to Inwa Ancient Capital, visitors have to take a boat to go through the river. One round-trip ticket takes 1.000 Kyats (1 USD). In Inwa, they can hire a horse cart to travel around the place with the cost of 8 USD.

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Cow taxi – a popular vehicle in Mingun Old Village, Mandalay

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If visitors have one more day to spend in Mandalay, Mingun Old Village is a promising place. The village protects pagoda, monastic and some important relics of Myanmar’s History. One round-trip boat from Mandalay to Mingun costs 30.000 Kyats (around 29 USD) and in Mingun, visitors can use the most popular transports to travel: Cow Taxi! One taxi can carry 5 persons and it costs 5 USD in total for one trip.

Nguyen Le translate from vnexpress.net

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