Don’t be alarmed if you see big, toothy red smiles in Myanmar. If you do, it means their teeth have been stained red from chewing betel nut.
Thanaka is yellow or white paste made from tree bark. It is also applied mainly to the face, and sometimes the body and helps protect skin from the sun.
You’ll find filtered water jugs all around Yangon, so locals always have a source of water with cup on top so that anyone can fill their cup and quench their thirst.
You can’t get very far without stumbling upon a tea shop, which you’ll find on almost every city block in Yangon. This is definitely must-try in Myanmar.
Now is a great time to visit Myanmar, which is still a relatively new destination on the tourist trail. For that reason it has maintained a lot of its charm and the locals are just as curious and friendly as ever.
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TAKE NOTE: With the devastating situation in the north of Myanmar, in the country’s Rakhine state, many people have questioned whether it is safe to travel to the country. The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has advised against all but essential travel to the Rakhine state and neighboring northern states. However, the rest of the country is relatively safe, with the common consensus being that it’s perfectly safe to travel when sticking to the normal tourist routes.
Of course, ultimately it’s up to the traveler to decide if they want to visit Myanmar and they should always take any precautionary measures required.