What to Wear in Myanmar | The Ultimate Packing List

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

Planning a trip to Myanmar as well as other countries in Southeast Asia? In this article, I walk you through my top tips on what to wear in Myanmar. While I’ve never been one of those girls that have managed to look cute while traveling, over the years, I’ve managed to create a trusty capsule wardrobe which I can rotate depending on where I go.

As I travel full time, I make it a point to invest in high quality items. From time to time, when I find myself swinging back home, I do a wardrobe refresh so I don’t feel like I’m wearing the same things over and over again. While I naturally keep the big ticket items like good jackets and trekking shoes, I try to keep things fresh.

What Wear in Myanmar?

As most of you know, Myanmar is a country that is made up of mostly Buddhist people so dressing conservatively is pretty important. In far-flung places where tourism isn’t as common, this especially holds true.

In Bagan specifically, most of the temples and pagodas have a dress code to adhere to, making sure your shoulders and knees are covered at all times. So if you’re Myanmar bound but unsure about what to bring with you, here’s a pretty complete list of must-bring items for your trip.

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Myanmar Packing List

Choosing a Travel Bag

Deciding which bag to take with you on a trip to Myanmar is make or break. Like with most Southeast Asian countries, we recommend bringing a backpack as the terrain is usually rough and rugged. Take a look at the table below where we recommend our top picks.

Osprey Farpoint 55
Osprey Farpoint
- Carry On Compatible
- Opens like a suitcase
- Padded Straps
- Recommended for Men
- Has a sleeve for electronics
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Osprey Fairview
Osprey Fairview
- Carry On Compatible
- Opens like a suitcase
- Padded Straps
- Recommended for Women
- Has a sleeve for electronics
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Nomatic Backpack

Nomatic Pack
- Multiple compartments
- Padded Straps
- Waterproof Material
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What to Pack for Myanmar: Women’s Packing List


What to Pack for Myanmar: Men’s Packing List

Although it doesn’t sound like a lot, after almost four years on the road, I’ve figured out that less is more and you actually really don’t need a lot to survive. One tip that I have is to make sure that you bring items that are all neutrally colored.

I usually have blacks, greys, whites and blues, and just add splashes of color through scarfs, cardigans and other accessories. I think generally speaking no matter what you decide to pack for Myanmar, it’s pretty important to have pack lightweight breathable clothes as no matter what season it is as it is still a tropical country.

Travel Accessories to Bring to Myanmar

While a lot of these travel accessories are pretty standard, if you travel as a digital nomad like us, you will likely have more electronics. Here are just a few basic items that I recommend you take with you.

If you’re not traveling full time nor are you working on the road, I would half the amount of electronics you take along and would just keep it to the basics, bringing along a camera, headphones, and a tablet or kindle for reading.

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Electronics to Pack for Myanmar

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When to Go to Myanmar

Apart from thinking of what to wear in Myanmar, a few important things to consider is when you are traveling. The best time to visit Myanmar is generally from October to February so you can avoid both the sweltering heat and the rain. Listed below are the rough weather seasons in the country.

Hot Season: March to May

Cool Season: October to February

Wet Season: June to September myanmar bagan

Booking Accommodations

Depending on when you go, sometimes, you would have to book accommodations in advance. We’ve collected the best places to stay in Myanmar, featuring the best hostels and hotels in each popular tourist destination.

Myanmar Tours

While we love the whole DIY approach, when going to cultural places, we love the advantages of having a local guide walk us through the area. When in Myanmar, our go-to tour provider are the guys over at Flymya. They are highly organized and offer a wide variety of activities, tours, and day trips that are worth exploring.

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