Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in a country where the average annual income is only around 300 USD. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped.
Things to look out for in Myanmar include lacquerware, especially in Bagan, woodcarvings, stone carvings, bronze work, rattan, silver jewellery, silk longgyis and hand-woven textiles.
January 4: Independence Day
February 12: Union Day
March 2: Farmer’s Day
March 27: Armed Forces Day
April 13-17: Water Festival and New Year (variable)
May 1: International Labor Day
July 19: Martyr’s Day
November 25: National Day
December 25: Christmas Day
There is not much in the way of western style entertainment in Myanmar but Yangon has some good western restaurants and there are a few bars and nightclubs, notably in the city’s international hotels. In the rest of the country entertainment is mainly confined to some good Chinese and Burmese restaurants and the ubiquitous teashops.