For the second installment of my foreign beer tastings we’re here in the Golden Land itself to test it’s golden beverages. However Myanmar has more than just decent beer, including some pretty reasonable whiskies, and some unique local specialties, so I figured it would be rude not to give them a go too.
After a thirteen hour bus ride, mostly occupied by Myanmar’s best snorers and a trio of women who uninterruptedly vomited into plastic bags, we arrived into Mandalay just as the sun began to rise. Compared to quaint little Mawlamyine, Mandalay has proven busier, dustier and crazier during our short stay.
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.