• Probably the most popular purchase in Myanmar is lacquer ware, especially in Bagan where most of it is manufactured. Lacquer ware is made into bowls, plates, boxes, cups, vases, and many other items. Its quality is judged on its flexibility, and the precision and coloring of the engravings. Another item you might like to purchase is one of the beautiful painted umbrellas, which are produced in Bassein and in Pindaya.

  • Loose precious stones - such as rubies, emeralds and jade - and jewelry are sold in government shops or through licensed shops, especially in Yangon and Mandalay. Woodcarvings and tapestries, as well as opium-weights, marionettes, gongs or longyi-cloths are also worth investigating.