The following are some tips on business and social
visits that may help you while in Myanmar:
Appointments should be made in advance and
punctuality is appreciated.
Business cards are exchanged after introduction.
For business meetings, men should wear a
lightweight suit and tie, while the women should wear modest
It is customary to shake hands on meeting and
saying goodbye. When addressing people always use the
appropriate prefix and family name.
Many people in Myanmar do not have a first name
and last name as in western countries, but instead have many
names (three to four words). Generally, every name has a
meaning; therefore, it is advisable to address the complete name
especially if you have not been full acquainted with the person.
It is useful, but not essential, to have some
business cards in Myanmar script.
Many executives in Myanmar speak English.
Visitors should be receptive to local customs and
conventions. When sitting cross-legged on sofas or cushions,
soles of the feet must not be shown.
Footwear is strictly prohibited in pagodas and
Tips in restaurants and hotels are not required
but appreciated (around 5 - 10 percent of total bill). Tips for
taxies are not necessary.
On social occasions such as an invitation to a
restaurant, be punctual and dress as for business meetings
unless otherwise indicated.