Shopping Tips in Myanmar
A journey never ends without shopping in a country you visit! Maximizing fun, experience and getting interacted with locals along with bargaining and purchasing is an energetic happy travel gifts before returning home. When visiting Myanmar, shopping is widely available and its own unique handmade, precious items, lacquer-ware, paintings and other handicrafts can be found and bought from small boutique shops, workshops and local markets in each tourist region from small villages to cities and Yangon Capital but remember that some of authentic artifacts and Buddha statues are legally not permitted to ship out of the country.
From a friendly bargaining to paying out for lovely items you like, located in central Yangon Capital City, the colonial building of Bogyoke Market or Scott Market is a great place for shopping where a huge collections of wide ranges you can purchase including traditional goods, value gemstones, skillful handicrafts & carvings, paintings, textiles, silk fabrics and other various interesting items. However, you’re also able to find special collections of souvenirs in its own regions such as the bustling jade, rubies & gemstones markets in Mandalay. For those who truly want to explore local markets along with interesting trade activities between vendors & buyers, see the highlights of local cultures & customs and at the same time those want to buy local specialty, fresh fruits and flowers, the Morning Markets in Bagan, the Five Days floating market in Inle Lake and the fish market in Ngapali of Rakhine are ideals for shopping and strolling around.
A worth visit on Strand Road on weekend, Yangon Night Market is opened to public from 6.30pm, gathers colorful stalls, vendors sell different souvenirs, handicrafts and other items available for those who don’t really have time for shopping in the day time but it’s extraordinary that you have chances to try plenty of flavorful street food, street bars and cocktails, and other exotic Myanmar food.
Also be aware that Myanmar public holidays will affect the operating hours while other businesses probably lack of service control, facilities and staff.
Things you should consider to buy when visiting Myanmar
- Paper Umbrellas
- Sand Painting
- Wood & Stone/Jade Carvings
- Traditional Tapestries & Longyi
- Textiles and Silk Fabrics
- Jades, Rubies and Gemstones
- Thanaka Powder
Myanmar Travel Guide
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