Our dining culture in Myanmar is different from other countries, even from others in Asia, given the wealth of our agriculture and the rich bounty of herbs, vegetables, and fruit growing throughout the country. Our typical dining table has at least 3 or 4 dishes: meat or vegetable curry, soup, baked or fried fish, and some type of salad (but not like a typical Western salad). Not all of these Burmese dishes may be suitable for some tourists’ tastes, but larger restaurants in the country also offer Chinese, Thai, and a variety of western dishes.

Be very cautious when eating meals during your travels in Myanmar and stick to well-cooked food. Do not drink water other than from sealed bottles. Also, be wary of raw vegetables and salads, even in high-end hotels and restaurants; it takes very little to spoil your holiday.

During your visit to Myanmar, you will have a variety of menu choices in many good restaurants and international standard hotels. We have a list of recommended restaurants (Burmese, European, and others) and some comments on each of them. This we will provide for you on your arrival.

There are many small restaurants in Myanmar serving hygienic food at very reasonable prices. Many of these places primarily serve Chinese cuisine. Local teashops are also inexpensive places for good meals and snacks, particularly local noodle dishes such as monhinga or ohno kauk swe (these are usually only served in the morning). Otherwise, there are many good large restaurants and hotels at each tourist location that serve a variety of Western dishes also. 

In Bagan and Inle, we can arrange for a meal with a local family, which will give you a chance to share a lunch or dinner in a typical Burmese environment. 

How to pay at restaurant: 

If you eat outside your hotel, it is better that you have local money (kyat) to use. Some small restaurants and teashops will not be able to accept or exchange foreign currency. When you dine at a hotel or big restaurant, however, they will accept both US US dollars and Myanmar kyats. 

Is it safe to eat on the street?

We will say that you should be careful. The quality and hygiene of street food in Myanmar is different from the neighbouring country of Thailand, so it’s best to avoid food from the street. It may not be right for anyone with a sensitive stomach, especially on your first day in the country. You know your stomach better than we do, but we recommend that you avoid eating anything (fried snack foods, fruit salads, samosa, etc.) that is sold outdoors or on trays along the street. 

If you can’t eat spicy food, or anything with garlic or coriander leaves, please notify us and make clear with the staff at the restaurant so that they understand also. Most Burmese curries are oily and sometimes spicy, so be aware of this also. 

Drinking water: purified bottled water is available throughout the country. Prices average $1-2 for a 1-litre bottle.

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