Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a Southeast Asian country where the landscape is dotted with pagodas and tradition. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about Myanmar.
1. It’s wine-o’clock
Myanmar’s increasingly popular and profitable industry is wine-making with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sauvignon tempting tourists. You’ll find vineyards starting to appear alongside rice paddy fields across the country.
2. Men wear skirts too
You probably thought skirts on men were strictly a Scottish thing but men in Myanmar also don the colourful flowing fabric. The sheet of cloth is actually a longyi which resembles a long skirt. Men and women tie their longyi differently and also wear different colours and patterns. Try them for yourself!
3. Right is right
Myanmar was a British colony until the late 1940s. Most of their cars therefore have right-side drive, just like in the UK and Australia. But in the 1970s, the Burmese government changed the traffic to the right-hand side which means people now drive and steer on the right side.
4. Long-necked women
Many believe the Kayan people, or long-necked women, come from Thailand but the ethnic minority group are actually native to Myanmar. The tribes fled to Thailand in the 1980s and ‘90s to escape the Burmese military. Kayan women wear rings around their neck from childhood which create the illusion of a long neck.
5. Getting a waiter’s attention
It’s not a word or a hand gesture they use to get the attention of a waiter in Myanmar but rather a kissing sound. Restaurant goers use two or three short kisses to call the waiter over when they are ready to order or pay the bill.