Why did you just click on an article about Burmese girls?
Seriously, I really want to know because a couple of months ago I still believed that Burma and Myanmar are two different countries (yes, I’m an idiot). I mean, I met dozens of guys who had Thai or Filipina girlfriends, but I never met a guy who introduced me to his Burmese girlfriend.
Then I received an email from the Diplomat.
I call him the Diplomat because he’s a reader who wants to stay anonymous…and he’s a retired diplomat. He asked me if I have ever been to Myanmar. I wasn’t sure if he was talking about myasthenia or mayonnaise.
“If you ever come to Mandalay, I’ll treat you for dinner.” He wrote in his email.
Back then I didn’t know that I would meet him and his Burmese wife…
What the Diplomat Taught Me about Dating in Myanmar
I didn’t travel to Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma. Instead, I combined a visit to Chiang Mai with a two-day trip to the city where the Diplomat wanted to meet me.
It only took me one and a half hours to fly from Chiang Mai to Mandalay.
The diplomat wanted to meet me at the Mingalabar restaurant. He sent me the address via email and I arrived at about 7 pm.
I enjoyed our conversation, the food, and the beauty of his Burmese wife…who’s at least 20 years younger than him.
“Do you live on a retirement visa?” I asked him.
“No. You can’t get a retirement visa in this country. My wife and I live in Australia, but we try to visit Mandalay every couple of weeks. Her family lives here, you know.”
He told me about all the positive qualities of Burmese women, their traditional values, how he met his wife 16 years ago, and that he still can’t understand why Thailand gets all the male attention while Myanmar gets ignored.
According to him, dating Myanmar girls is like a beautiful secret that nobody knows about.
Here’s what his 16 years of experience taught him…
8 Facts about Burmese Girls (and Their Qualities)
I have to be honest. I had no idea about the qualities of Burmese women. Heck, before my flight from Chiang Mai to Mandalay I didn’t even know how they look.
Now I know. They look like her…
Most of them wear traditional dresses. No tattoos, no revealing clothes…just natural beauties who look as innocent as a traditional Asian woman can look.
But they had something in their faces that irritated me…
1. The Women in Burma are Light-Skinned and Light-Hearted
“Don’t be irritated when a Burmese girl you meet online shows up with a white cream on her face. It’s not the sperm from the last guy…hahaha.”
He laughed so loud that the people in the restaurant stared at us.
His wife giggled. I made notes.
Apparently, this cream is called Thanakha and it is either white or yellow and made from ground bark. He told me that he had to convince his wife that it doesn’t help against acne, aging, and sunlight.
Sometimes the women use it to display their social hierarchy. But don’t ask me about the different color, consistency, and ways to apply it. You can ask the Burmese girls you’ll chat with.
2. Burmese Girls Don’t Talk to Strangers (Unless They are Online)
At least not if you approach them on the street.
Burma girls are extremely shy. In case you think that Thai girls are shy when you approach them in public, you’ve never approached a girl on the streets of Mandalay.
- She giggles.
- She stutters.
- She apologizes and walks away as fast as she can.
That’s the reality of approaching women in Myanmar. But there’s an alternative reality, a virtual reality.
No, not this kind of virtual reality!
I’m talking about a world where they can forget about their cultural chains…the world of online dating.
3. The Women in Myanmar Speak Better English than Ever Before
I have good news and bad news for you.
The bad news is that the women in Myanmar don’t have the world’s best English skills. What a surprise, I know.
The good news is that it’s getting better.
The Diplomat told me that his wife could barely speak English when he met her. She could only speak a few words because she worked in a hotel for two years.
“I’m envious of you young guys. When I met my wife nobody was interested in learning English. Nowadays they all want to learn English.”
4. On Paper Myanmar Girls Have the Same Rights as Men
Yes, on paper, but only on paper.
Even though they can own property, can work in the same industries, and can get a divorce, there are still reasons why Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t think about retiring.
It’s not like in the West.
Burmese women still dream about a life in freedom and for a lot of them a foreign husband is a part of their dream.
5. Your Hot Burmese Girlfriend Has Worked as a Nanny or Maid
What if you meet a Burmese girl in Bangkok, Singapore, or Kuala Lumpur?
She probably works as a nanny or as a maid. And while dating a sexy Burmese maid is something that most men fantasize about, it’s also dangerous.
“There’s a 50% chance that she has an affair with her employer and there’s a 99% chance that his wife and their three poster children don’t know it. Be careful. Some men would do anything to hide their skeletons in their closet.”
I thanked him for the advice.
6. Myanmar Girls are more Traditional than Filipinas (But Their Government Isn’t)
Myanmar girls are very traditional, but their government is quite liberal, at least when it comes to dating.
I mean, if you date a Filipina and you want to marry her, you have to remember that it’s illegal to get a divorce. And if you date a girl from Laos, you have to keep it a secret because having sex with her is forbidden by law.
What about dating in Burma? No worries!
It’s legal to date, marry, and divorce a local woman.
“I married my wife because I love her, but I didn’t put myself under pressure. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. That’s what I thought. 16 years later and I still love her.”
7. Your Burmese Bride Can Take Care of Her and Your Family
What if you live with your parents? No problem!
What about your grandmother? She can cook for her too!
According to the Diplomat, Burmese brides are more independent than Filipinas and Thai girls.
He told me how his wife was working full-time, taking care of her younger brother and sister, and visiting her grandmother twice a week. Wow, some Thai girls are already overwhelmed by walking without staring at a smartphone.
“Marrying a Burmese woman was the best decision I ever made” - The Diplomat
8. You Won’t be Dating a Metropolitan Burmese Lady
But there’s one thing he warned me about.
The women in Mandalay, Naypyidaw, and even the ones in Yangon are not comparable with the girls in Bangkok.
- Are not used to high-rises, subways, and skylines.
- Haven’t had access to Western values and culture (thank God!).
- Don’t know anything about the metropolitan lifestyle.
The diplomat told me that his wife almost puked in the Skytrain in Bangkok because she was so scared.
“I felt like in one of those movies where a kid who grew up in the jungle sees the big city for the first time. It was hilarious and cute at the same time.”
7 Tips on Meeting Your Burmese Girlfriend (or Wife)
“You know, words can’t describe how much I love my wife. I’m so thankful that I met her. I will never forget the day I saw her for the very first time. She worked in this hotel I stayed at and I was too shy to approach her. Hahaha. I’m glad I did it anyway.”
He gave her a kiss on the head.
“But you know what? Today I wouldn’t wait until I meet the perfect girl in the lobby of a hotel. I would do what you young guys do…”
His Australian accent made me laugh. What he said next made me laugh even more.
9. Scott Hasn’t Met His Burmese Wife on AsianDating But…
“How do you call that again…tinker, right?”
He meant Tinder and he was quite surprised when I told him that Tinder is actually one of the worst ways to meet girls in Asia, at least if you’re looking for quality women who don’t call spreading STDs their favorite hobby.
I told him about AsianDating, a site with more than 2.5 million members.
He was so excited that he wanted me to show him my profile.
- I logged into my account.
- I showed him the dashboard.
- I searched for women in Myanmar.
Here's what he saw:
His eyes revealed that he wanted to chat with all of them. His wife’s eyes revealed that she wanted to kill me for showing him this site.
10. You Don’t Have to Travel to Myanmar to Meet Burmese Girls
Back in the year 2000, there were more than 67.000 Burmese people in Thailand. Today there are even more and most of them are women who are working abroad.
Remember, the nannies and maids.
What does that mean for you?
It means that you don’t even have to travel to Myanmar to meet these girls. There are more Burmese-speaking people in Thailand than English-speaking expats…and there are a lot of Australian, English, and American expats.
You can also find them in Thailand, Singapore or in Malaysia. No matter where which Asian country you visit, there will be Burmese girls.
11. You are Looking for Burmese Bar Girls? Go Home!
There’s something you need to know about this country:
- Yangon doesn’t have a Nana Plaza or a Soi Cowboy.
- Mandalay doesn’t have a Walking Street.
- Naypyidaw isn’t Angeles City.
If you’re looking for Burmese bar girls, you can turn around. Go home.
You won’t find a lot of them. I mean, you can of course go to some run-down brothel, but you’re lucky if you make it out alive and without Gonorrhea.
This is no country for sex tourists.
12. You Can Meet Burmese Party Girls in Yangon (Not in Mandalay)
What if you still want to meet the kind of girls your mom warned you about?
Well, you can check out the FUSE club in Yangon.
Or you can check out…
- Channel V
- Club 5 at the Parkroyal Hotel
All these clubs are in Yangon. None of them is in Mandalay, the city I visited. The only clubs that I could find in Mandalay were a bunch of dubious KTV bars. So I guess you can find bar girls in this country.
All I know is that the girls you meet there are neither girlfriend nor wife material.
13. It’s Nearly Impossible to Meet Burmese Women at Private Parties
There’s something about the Burmese dating culture that’s pretty weird.
“Women and men don’t talk to each other, at least not at private parties or events. The men sit on the right side and all the beautiful women sit on the left side. The men are talking to the men and the women are talking to the women. It’s weird. Just imagine if you switched sides. Everyone would stare at you. It’s not a sexist thing. It’s because the people in Myanmar believe that men enjoy talking to men more than to women. Come on, I’m not gay!”
He laughed out loud.
Yep, he’s right. It’s strange. And it makes it a lot harder to meet women.
14. Only Date a Myanmar Girl from the Chin State if You are Willing to Rescue Her
The diplomat continued his rant about dating Burmese women…
“I know a guy who’s married to a girl who grew up in the Chin State. That’s the poorest region in the country. It’s the Isaan of Myanmar. Most of these people are poor farmers who have never seen a light bulb, at least not one that works. The girls are extremely traditional and make good wives. But they are poor, very poor. A man should only date one of these girls if he’s willing to rescue her from the poverty. Don’t be one of those assholes who promise her the world without keeping your promise.”
Once I did my research I understood what he meant…
15. Treat Your Burmese Girlfriend with Respect and She Will Cry Tears of Joy
Then he told me another funny story from his life…
“I will never forget the first time I went shopping with my wife. She was so excited. After the cashier put our stuff in the bags, she grabbed all the bags. She wanted to carry them. She didn’t let me carry one single bag. She was sweating. I bought a heavy camera, you know. I couldn’t look at her carrying all my stuff. I asked her to give me all the bags. You know what? She had tears in her eyes. Tears!”
“Another day I cooked dinner for her. Nothing special, just a steak and some burned beans. Hahaha. Guess what? She had tears in her eyes because she couldn’t believe that a man was cooking for her. Man, you just have to be a gentleman and treat these ladies with respect. That’s the whole secret.”
- In Burma it’s normal that the women carry the bags.
- It’s normal that the man walks in front of her, not side by side with her.
- When she cooks for him, he gets served first. He doesn't cook.
The moral of the story:
It’s easy to give her the best experience she ever had.
Summed Up Wisdom
A couple of months ago I visited Chiang Mai. Then I took a flight to Mandalay to check off Myanmar from my bucket list and to meet one of my readers.
He’s a retired Diplomat, has a beautiful Burmese wife and he’s pissed that he can’t get a retirement visa. However, he’s more than happy that his wife is such a traditional and light-hearted woman. He’s also a bit jealous because nowadays the girls speak better English…and wait for us on online dating sites.
You will be thankful that more and more sexy Burmese girls sign up on international dating sites because it’s hard to talk to them in public and it’s even harder to meet them at private parties. But once you met her, you can impress her by being a gentleman. Just be warned. She might cry.