I got spat on this week. I suppose the real miracle is that it didn’t happen earlier. I had become perhaps a little too confident that I would be able to leave the country without wearing another person’s saliva. That confidence led me to walk a little too close to a tobacco chewer and the next thing I knew red liquid appeared on my foot. The spitter ignored me as I wiped my foot on the back of my trousers and tried not to retch.
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.
We have arrived in Myanmar. Our first glimpse as we flew into Yangon was the glinting in the sunlight of hundreds of golden pagodas scattered across the land.