Even after 50 years under a military regime, Myanmar’s smiles can’t be suppressed. The people have a resilience and inner joy that cut through their dark past and unstable present. Life’s not easy in former Burma but no matter the conditions–stoking a kiln in 100-degree heat, paving roads in flip-flops, hauling 80-pounds of bamboo on your head–people always stopped to say hello, sometimes even blow us kisses! We were absolutely humbled by the kindness and positivity of the people here. And if that wasn’t enough to make us love Myanmar, this country has some of the most unique architecture, beautiful landscapes, fascinating cultures and plenty of charming quirks. Even though we love you Myanmar, you’re getting a “You Know You’re In” roast, just like everywhere else!
You Know You’re in Myanmar When…
– Brand names don’t matter–or at least the spelling doesn’t.
– This is as close to Uber as you’re gonna get.
– It’s easy to stay hydrated…as long as you don’t mind sharing a cup.
– Every photo looks better with plastic flowers and swing-sets.
– You won’t need your Platinum Amex to access the fanciest lounge in the international airport.
– The local make-up commercials are more likely to have the jingle,”Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s Thanakha Tree.”
– Baggies of water and sand are the next best thing to a fire extinguisher.
– The chef puts their own personal “touch” on every meal.
– Kids literally jump for joy when they see you walking down the street.
– Cars look like they were built with a Mr. Potato Head kit.
– Even those doing Buddha’s work need a smoke break every once in a while.
– When a guy can take a three-hour nap in the middle of the aisle, you nearly step on his head to get by, and no one on the train bats an eye.
– Boat captains laugh in the face of “full capacity.”
– You can visit the oldest stupa in the world, made from 53 metric tonnes of gold leaf ($2.5billion USD, in case you were about to do the math yourself), topped with 2,000 precious stones, 5,000 diamonds, and one 75-carat diamond at its pinnacle.
– The temples are so dense you can barely walk between them.
– Buddha has 37 animist co-pilots.
– Formal business attire is a button-down shirt and a floor-length skirt…for females and males. Longyis are awesome!
– A few temples in town is good but 2,200 is better!
– The secrets to success can be found at the second-hand book store.
– Standing up in the boat and rowing with your feet is totally acceptable.
– You don’t have anyone to call, but sitting down with this guy is worth the quarter.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Myanmar travel blogs. We’d love to hear your thoughts!