Coming to Myanmar, travelers not only have a chance to observe beautiful places, enjoy tasty dishes, but also find some unique things to bring back to their hometown. Although, there are so many options for visitors to choose, there will be something that should not be bought in Myanmar. Here are some useful shopping tips for tourists when visiting this beautiful country in order to avoid scams and save their budget.
1. Find the most reliable jewelry vendors
Myanmar is considered a rich area of jewelries, rubies and sapphires. However, instead of real ones, some vendors sell glass and many tourists fall into the same traps day by day. Therefore, the guests should find or research the certified jewelers. And sometimes, official certification of jewelry is needed when passing the customs.
2. Prepare a good plan or have your own tour guide
Myanmar is the most popular places for tourists with its wonderful temples and traditional souvenirs such as longyi, lacquer-wear and sand paintings. All are nice and impresses the tourists. Hence, sometimes, visitors have to buy the products at several attrations due to the arrangement of the sellers. Some local people or vendors are kind enough to show the tourists around the temple or other sightseeing places, however, after guiding, they take the visitors to their stalls to buy things there. At this case, the travelers cannot refuse but buy the product as a thank you for their guide in the trip. Thus, you should prepare carefully before the trip so that you can not only save your time and money but also find the most suitable and reliable destinations to get qualified things.
3. Do not buy Buddha statues
Visiting temples, pagodas is a must when travelling to this beautiful country. However, at some places, local vendors take the Buddha images from the religious sites and sell for money. Therefore, visitors are not recommended to buy Buddha statues in Burma because any images and archaeological artifacts are not allowed to take out of their areas in particular and in Myanmar in general.
4. Make a good decision when buying goods
There are many options for visitors to buy when they visit markets, stalls, shops, etc. and they have to bargain each time purchasing something. The standard price is never fixed and the quality depends on each supplier, hence, the buyers should check items carefully before deciding to buy the products and negotiate the price.
5. Choose the right places to buy gifts
Travelers coming to Myanmar will be overwhelmed by the number of the souvernir shops. Even in the hotels, visitors can find many shops which offer not only gifts but also some useful, interesting articles and information related to the goods, therefore, you should consider the offered price in the hotel and also the external markets or stalls. Remember to bargain to get the best deal.
6. Arrange the suitable time to go to the markets
Most Myanmar markets opens daily, except for the festivals. During Buddhist Lent Festival, occurring in August and October, all Myanmar markets are closed on full moon days. So visitors should choose the right time to attend some of the most vibrant and colorful markets in Myanmar and of course get for yourself something cool and unique from this beautiful country.
Last but not least, if the travelers need specific and useful ideas about shopping in Myanmar, it is essential to research carefully, share experience with other travelers or the best way to enjoy your trip without worry is travel with Yangon Tours.