What to Wear in Burma

by | Apr 7, 2017

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I would highly recommend skirts over pants in much of undeveloped Asia, not because of femininity or cultural mores, but because of cleanliness. The bathrooms in this part of the world are pretty tough by Western standards and the floors are usually quite wet and nasty. Since many of these cultures use water to clean themselves instead of toilet paper, the water tends to get all over the floor. It is much easier to squat and hold your skirt over your waist then it is to squat and hold up the bottom of your pants from touching the floor.

Durfee, Boston, USA

In Burma, even if it’s very hot, try to avoid wearing sleeveless dresses or T-shirts. It is generally not considered “culturally-correct” in this country.

Anna P., Denmark

Nice short sleeve shirts and long skirts were the only practical pieces that one could wear in Burma, partly because of the bathroom facilities and also because of the culture. As well, you will fit in better since that is how many of the Burmese women dress. In the morning, street vendors sell freshly picked bunches of jasmine that can be tied into your hair and the fragrance lingers for hours.

J. Kate, Vancouver, Canada

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