The temples of Bagan are undoubtedly Myanmar’s most popular tourist attraction with thousands of foreign visitors arriving every year. Whilst the majority of Myanmar people are friendly, honest and helpful, some unscrupulous locals will attempt to take advantage of you since tourism = money. Sometimes even following you on their scooters until you are away from the tourist police! Below is our list of the most common scams we saw in Bagan, and how to avoid them.
Well we have well and truly hit the tourist trail now! This isn’t overall a terrible thing. Where we’re staying in Nyaung Oo there are restaurants set up that serve Western food and staff that understand the differing needs. After 7 weeks of eating local food I was over the moon to have a BLT and fries placed in front of me one day and an avocado salad the next. The best thing was the non sweetened bread!
It’s quite easy to follow the rules here in Myanmar, however among the small number of tourists we’ve come across here in Mawlamyine, we have seen several who were clearly unaware of what is OK and what is not. In a country with such amazingly friendly people, we as visitors should be doing everything we can to make sure that we respect their unique culture and do not take advantage of their hospitality.
Thankfully the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism have released a booklet called “Do’s and Don’ts for Tourists – How you can visit Myanmar responsibly”. I have selected what I see as the 10 most useful, and sometimes less obvious of the 30 tips for anyone considering visiting Myanmar.