Martin Symington travelled to Burma for the upcoming issue of Wanderlust. Here he imparts advice on things to know before you visit
For most Burmese, Buddhism is all-pervasive with its rituals and observances followed unselfconsciously. To arrive with some understanding of the underlying philosophy is viewed as a mark of deep respect.
Burmese people not only love to be photographed, but will greatly appreciate being shown pictures you have brought from home.
People who approach you and start a conversation are not necessarily trying to sell something. After so many years of isolation, meeting foreigners is still a novelty.
Official tourist guides are professionals trained to an exceptionally high standard. The gratuities they receive are a large part of their earnings.
Voicemail, however urgent, will just have to wait.