Almost every city, town and village in Myanmar has a vibrant market at its centre. These might sell fresh produce, clothes and a variety of handicrafts, which will often be local specialities – such as lacquerware in Bagan and Monywa or tapestries and puppets in Mandalay. The huge Bogyoke Aung San Market (still sometimes known by its colonial-era name, Scott Market) in Yangon sells items from all around Myanmar; it is very a popular spot for tourists and has lively atmosphere.
Locally made jewellery and gems, including the jade for which Myanmar is so famous, can also be bought around the country, but export permits are sometimes required for higher-value items – so it is safest to buy them from a more established outfit, and get a receipt.
Note that due to the illegal trade and stealing of antiquities that sometimes occurs in Myanmar, it is advisable to retain your receipt for larger purchases for the duration of your stay in the country – it may be asked for at domestic airports or on your international departure.
To find out more about markets in specific localities, go to destinations. When paying for items in Myanmar, you should negotiate: bargaining is part of the culture.
More practical shopping, for things like sun screen and pharmaceuticals, can be done at shopping malls in Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw – these places did not exist in Myanmar until recently, but they are growing in number. It is advisable to be careful when buying certain products – go to vaccinations and medical care for more information.