It is a point on which we are very sensitive at Ananda Travel Yangon. Our team is French and Myanmar. We live from inside the feelings felt by our Burmese friends in front of the behaviours of some tourists.
Burmese (like most of the Asiatic people) are particularly patient with the Westerners. In Burma, the economic pressure and the embarrassment (" A NA DE" in Burmese) make that your guide will have much evil to say something directly to you, idem for the direction of a hotel.
It is easy to take advantage from it since nobody will say anything to you.
Things are changing and now at the Shwe-dagon pagoda, the Board of Trustee office will give you a longyi to wear if your clothes are not correct.
At Ananda Yangon Travel, we will always support our guides when they want to make respect their culture.
We have seen, unfortunately too many times, women doing top less at Ngapali beach. Obvioulsy, this is an insult for the Myanmar people that may also put in big trouble the hotel manager. Please do not. Also, some people try to keep their socks visiting a pagoda. This is against the rules, it will only create problem to yourself or to your guide if you have it.
- Remove your shoes before entering the enclosure of a pagoda, the enclosure external of the pagoda (the enclosing wall) or even a stone heap with the Buddhism flag.
- Remove your shoes before entering a private house except contrary remark of your host.