Burma Shopping

  • Shopping
    by Avieira67
  • Shopping
    by Avieira67
  • Shopping
    by Avieira67

Burma Shopping

  • Theingyl Zei Market.

    Rangoon Shopping

    This market is much cheaper than the Bogyoke Aung San Market, and the one most frequented by the locals. Whilst it does not have the same range of souvenir and tourist appealing merchandise, there are plenty of things of interest and allure for the ardent shopper! We were the only tourists in this market on the day of our visit - and we attracted...

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  • Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market.

    Rangoon Shopping

    This British built market is a huge maze of aisles, and stores clustered in "types", and houses the most comprehensive range of Myanma craft and souvenirs. It is very tourist oriented, and therefore not the cheapest source of items. However, the prices were very reasonable, and significantly cheaper than the hotel gift shop. The market is open 7...

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  • Sandpaintings

    This is one of the less easy items to get by in Burma since it is't usually found at one of the big (tourist) markets. If you do like a painting and you happen to be there with a local, ask him to buy it for you. It'll be cheaper that way. Paintings are priced according to size, quality, and difficulty and prices can vary between $3 and and a...

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  • bringing back souvenirs from Burma

    I've visited multiple times and have never had any problems bringing back souvenirs such as puppets, or burmese textiles, lacquerware, etc. Maybe I was lucky or maybe customs wasn't that bothered. Anyways, incredibly friendly in the land of payas.

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  • Very comfortable walking

    I love walking on those 'flip-flops' though this hardly sounds like an appropriate name for this footwear. Since it is always hot here in Burma and you have to take of your shoes everywhere (temples but also in people's houses) this makes for excellent footwear. If you decide to buy something like this, look carefully at the quality. It isn't...

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  • Flowing Market on Inle Lake

    Many boats on this area what moving each day to another village ,and they sell some souvenirs and jewelry and local clothes.

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  • Chinthes- symbol of Burma/Myanmar

    Thailand the elephant, Japan the waving cat, China the Dragon. If you looking for something that represents Burma/Myanmar that you can take back home the animal that best represents Burma is the Chinthe. You'll find plenty of bronze, wooden and Jade Chinthes of various sizes throughout Burma.My brother bought two bronze Chinthes in Maymyo, husband...

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  • Duty Free Shopping

    If you are like us we always find at the end of a trip that we wish we had bought more small gifts etc.The actual airport entrance at Yangon does not have many shops at all and I was worried that there might not be the opportunity for last minute gifts. I was pleasantly surprised however. Once you go through the formalities and into the passenger...

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  • Bogokye Aung San Market

    Bogokye Aung San market (Scott Market) is a definite must see in Yangon. In fact I went there probably more than 10 times during my stay in Yangon!!! This is a huge open air market that sells practically everything you can think of - food, clothing, souvenirs, jewellery, etc. Bargaining is MUST!! You can have a lot of fun practicing your bargaining...

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  • Buying a longyi (women's wrap/skirt)

    A longyi makes a great gift to give to your female friends/family back home. There are various shops around the country. At a silk shop that hand weaves it's own silk, you can find some especially nice stuff, including silk shirts for the men back home. Bogyoke Market (a.k.a. Scott's Market) in Yangon has many stalls with a huge choice of material....

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  • Trading in antiques

    I don`t remember the address of any antique shop , but every taxi driver wiil take you to the store where you can buy everything from used condom of king Nanda Bhueng to howitzer made in U.S.S.R...Try your chancre ! ( sorry , chance... mam...)

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  • lovely sandalwood carvings

    there are lots of wood carving shops in yangon as well as scott market.. but this was the shop that had carvings that caught our eye.. fine sandalwood carvings.. we particularly like this set of carvings of ppl playing local musical instruments.. the fine handiwork on these carvings was simply superb! we paid usd14 for a sandalwood carving of a...

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  • buy anything and everything!

    the zay cho market is like the central market of mandalay where everyone gets anything and everything from.. quite an interesting place to stroll around.. the complex is nicely divide into different sections.. everything from clothing to gems to food stuff is available here.. you name it, they have it.. have a go! :) things are supposed to be...

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  • gems, gems, gems.. every lady's...

    there are lots of gem shops around yangon.. some cheaper.. some more expensive.. we were recommended to go to this shop by a close burmese friend.. according to them, this is the place where we can be sure of getting the best quality.. jade.. ruby.. diamonds.. and any other gem stone that one may fancy.. this varies very greatly.. depends on...

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  • Buying longyi.

    Longyi is very widely worn by both men and women throughout Myanmar. It is called "sarong" in Malaysia. You can buy longyi in many places throughout Myanmar. Longyi can be bought from the market, shops, etc. About USD1 for an average quality longyi. About USD2 for a good one.

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  • Yangon - Boygoke Aung San market.

    We were told that this market is for the "rich" people. It is a very popular market where the tourists will go. There are many souvenirs stalls, longyi stalls, jewellery stalls, etc.You can get marble carvings, wood carvings, tapestries, lacquerware, jades, rubies, sapphires, etc, mostly cute souvenirs made for the tourists from this market. It's...

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  • Buying Tapestries.

    Tapestries making is only in Mandalay. We went to one factory there. It's quite interesting to see the people stitching and making the tapestries. There, you can order what you want. You can select the design, material, etc and collect them in a few days' time. I think they can ship them to you too.We were told that buying tapestries will be the...

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  • Buying Marble carvings.

    Marble carvings is unique to Mandalay in Myanmar. Apart from carving marble buddha images, there are also many small marble carvings for tourists as souvenirs.If you want to get some marble carvings as souvenirs, it will be the cheapest to get them from the numerous workshops in Mandalay. There's a street in Mandalay with numerous marble carvings...

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  • Buying Gold Leaves.

    As you travel around Myanmar, you can see the golden pagodas and buddha statues. They are usually covered with gold leaves.If you would like to buy gold leaves (as souvenirs or for donations to the temples), or products from gold leaves, it is the cheapest to buy them from the gold leaves making workshop in Mandalay. We were told that throughout...

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  • Buying Lacquerware.

    Lacquerware products are manufactured in Bagan. Therefore, the cheapest place to buy lacquerware products is from Bagan. It will be more expensive in Yangon, cos the products gotta be transported there.So if you are going to Bagan, and would like to buy good quality lacquerware products, buy from the lacquerware workshops in Bagan. In the shops,...

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  • local corner store has everything

    little things one misses or misplaces during a trip, not costly but must have, like a small scissors or a cigarette lighter or buttons.. corner stores sell them all and with a smile

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  • Silk in Inle Lake

    The boatman brought us to this shop. Yes, it is for tourist but the merchandise and prices are pretty good! It offers a good selection of silk scarfs/shawls, table runners, tablecloths of many colours and sizes. It also has a selection of longyis - original and 'improved'. The original longyis are tubular and it takes skill to tie it and ensure...

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  • Sparkling gems

    This is a 70-year old market. A must-go especially gems lovers. You can find many different products there - handicrafts, souvenirs, longyi, lacquerware, jade, precious stones (see picture).We bought some longyis and tablecloths from a merchant early one morning and when he completed the sale, he used the USD that we paid and use them to dust all...

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  • Looking for a bull?

    Ok, this is not really a shopping tip for tourists... But it's very interesting to have a look at the bull market. Don't remember any numbers, but the beasts were very precious.

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  • The Native Tourist: in Search of Turtle...

    In this book, written by Yangon based Ma Thanegi, the author tells the story of her 18 days' pilgrimage by bus to 29 towns and 60 famous pagodas.The backcover says: "this book is about the ordinary Myanmar people, their lives, their beliefs and their hopes". It's a very enjoyable read and a great insight in common Myanmar life. it contains some...

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  • Team Robin Hood Cycles

    There are many bicycle shops in the towns of Myanma, what we unvoluntarily found out was that bicycle shops don't do tyre repairs. They sell all things to do with a bicycle, from bells to super cushy back passenger seats(to carry Myanmese sweety on), to tyres & tubes, chains, foot pumps and of course bicycles. You can have them from China, India &...

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  • Longyi - Traditional clothing of Myanmar

    You can buy one of these beautiful hand woven Longyis and street stalls, small stores and Big Department stores. There are different qualities of fabric to chose from so that will dictate the price you will pay. Cheap cotton can be found for about US$1 and the silk made Longyis will be quite a bit more expensive. Some take over one week to make on...

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  • New Glasses !? - Not the Normal Souvenir...

    At the end of my time in Burma I was left with $50 in Kyat and wondered what best to spend them on !!?? I had already bought as many souvenirs that I could carry so what to buy ??As I wandered around Bogyoke San Market I came across " Academy Optico " and popped inside for a look around !! To cut a Long Story Short for the princely sum of $16 ( in...

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  • Buy your handicrafts up country

    If you're interested in buying handicrafts I would suggest buying from Mandalay , Bagan or Inle Lake and not in Yangon. The prices where much cheaper out of Yangon. And I guess that would depend on your bargaining skills. In Nyanungshwe I was able to buy hand carved wooden buddhas that where about 6" tall for $2.50 each. The starting price was...

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  • Laquerware

    First, you'll get an interesting tour - how the laquerware is made, why a good piece takes longer to make than a poor quality piece (and why it will cost more), etc.Then you'll be shown some medium quality pieces.Lastly, you'll see the room in the back with all the high quality pieces - don't miss this, even if you don't plan to buy. You'll see...

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  • Other items to buy or try

    Shan handbags (see photo) are a great souvenier and are available nearly everywhere in Burma. You'll get the best selection and price in the Shan state. I have 5 and I love them! Try cheroot "cigarettes" in a cheroot factory at Inle lake. Buy a few for the folks back home.Remember that you aren't allowed to take any antiques out of the country -...

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  • Shopping for handicrafts in Yangon

    This is a huge market that gives you a great overview of the handicrafts that Burma has to offer. Here you can buy everything from longyis (traditional burmese clothing item) to tourist oriented t-shirts. You can buy laquerware here, but if you're going to Bagan, it is better to wait and buy it there.Same goes for Shan handbags. If you'll be in...

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  • Acyrillic paintings

    The artist that painted this tiger piece, together with a multitude of artists like him, hang around the temples and harass you to have a look at their wares. The paintings do make great souveniers or gifts as they are cheap ($3-5 usually), nicely done, and easy to transport (won't get wrinkled up in your backpack either).

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  • Shaddow puppets and Tribal Wear

    There are shops galore just past the border crossing on both the Burmese and Thai sides of the river. The Burmese side tends to be cheaper and you can pretty much find the same goods on either side. Traditional Naga stitchings, Burmese shadow puppets, gems, and plenty more I'll leave the bargaining up to you

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