Money in Myanmar
The local currency used is called Kyat (pronounced "chat", abbreviated as Ks). The denominations are Kyat-10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10,
Although generally credit cards are not yet accepted in Myanmar, some hotels have recently started accepting major cards (only Visa and Master Card) with a surcharge. We therefore recommend you to bring enough cash in USD currency to cover your personal expenses during your trip. Only bank notes in perfect condition are accepted. You can exchange foreign currency at the international airport in Yangon or official money changers in town.
MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus-branded card can be used to withdraw Myanmar currency Kyats, at CB Bank (Co-operative Bank Limited) ATMs in Yangon, International Airport, Mandalay, Taungoo and Pyinmana. ATMs are available 24/7. The maximum withdrawal allowed are Kyats 300’000 (approx USD 350) per transaction and 3 times withdrawal per day. MasterCard cash withdrawal can be issued at CB Bank ATM only.
Visa Cards can also be used to withdraw cash in Myanmar currency at Co-operative Bank and Kanbawza Bank. The maximum withdrawal allows are Kyats 1,000,000 (approx USD 1170) per day.
ATM are relatively new in Myanmar, hence a certain tolerance is needed in case of malfunctioning of the machines.
Unlimited to bring any amount
You can bring as much cash as you need as there is no restriction and limitation with regards to the amount one could bring in. You just have to declare by filling out in the Custom form upon arrival if the cash you carry is exceeding the amount of US$ 2000. (A lot of travelers often misunderstand that as restriction for not bringing more that US$ 2000). For your information, one should have some new US 100 Dollar note (with big Franklin head) and 50 Dollars notes (with big Grant head) issued in or after 1996 with no marks, torn edges or corners, for exchanging into local currency – kyats. Notes with CB serial numbers and with small Franklin head for USD 100 and notes with AB serial numbers and with small Grant head for USD 50 are not well-accepted by a lot of venders due to banking reasons within the country. It is also generally advisable to carry small denominations for your food, drinks and shopping. Kindly make sure any American money you bring is in good condition and are not dirty, damage and tattered.
Please make sure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance before coming to Myanmar as it is not available in the country.
We recommend bringing light loose fitting cotton clothes with pale colors as they tend to be cooler. Myanmar still has very traditional customs and it is not appropriate to wear shorts, Bermudas or miniskirts. Since shoes and socks have to be removed for all visits to pagodas and temples, we recommend wearing sandals or other slip-on shoes which are easy to put on and take off. When visiting temples or other religious monuments, visitors should be modestly dressed - it is very important that knees and shoulders are covered and ladies should not wear shorts or bra-less T-shirts in such places. Hats and sunglasses are strongly recommended. Formal style clothes i.e. jacket and tie are not required. A sarong with its multi uses is a very useful item to bring. If travelling to Inle Lake, the Shan Hills, Rakhine State and Putao particularly during the Winter season the nights can be chilly due to altitude hence it is advisable to bring a warm layer for the evenings.
There are many good restaurants in Yangon, which serve quality food at reasonable prices. There are restaurants offering Thai, Chinese, European, Italian, Indian and Burmese cuisine. Eating at the street restaurants can be a wonderful Asian experience but is not recommended unless an experienced guide has recommended the restaurant. Throughout upcountry Myanmar, the choice of food is limited to Burmese and Chinese. In Yangon and Mandalay there are now many noodle and coffee shops and Yangon has a good choice of fine dining experiences.
As a general comment Burmese Food is a meeting point between the spicy Thai cuisine and the Indian spice ‘curry’ base. Rice and noodles are the stable dishes usually served with a variety of side dishes ranging from meat or fish, salads, vegetables and a lentil soup. Myanmar food often is served at room temperature (never hot).
Myanmar is particularly renowned for its lacquer ware, precious stones and jewelry. Lacquer ware is available most notably in Bagan but also in Mandalay and Yangon. Precious stones and jewelry can be purchased from any of the approved shops and government shops that populate Yangon, Mandalay and all other major towns and cities. The silk weavers, tapestry maker, carvers of wood, ivory and stone, silversmiths and bronze-casters are largely based in Mandalay. Bargaining is essential for all souvenirs shopping, if travelers are to obtain reasonable prices. Possible price reductions of up to 30% are not uncommon.
Myanmar has its own cell phone network and cell phones from other countries do not have access yet. The Myanmar SIM cards are different from the 'normal' SIM cards which are used all over the world. Standard size SIM cards can be purchased at Yangon International airport for US$20 and US$50 cards and are also available at some shops. Please check with hotel reception or your tour guide for assistance. These SIM cards can be used for both International and domestic calls, one month validity and can be refilled. However you need to check if your hand set will be compatible to the card. You might need to rent a local hand set (available at Yangon International airport). We cannot guarantee to be able to purchase a CDMA SIM card and good connection handset due to supply difficulties.
There are no compulsory vaccinations but it is advisable to take precautions against malaria; we recommend seeking the advice of your doctor. Prescription drugs are not widely available and visitors should bring any required medication with them carrying them in their hand luggage. If carrying a lot of medicines, it is advisable to have a doctor's letter stating that medicines are required for personal use. It is advisable to bring plenty of mosquito repellent, particularly for use in the evenings. As Myanmar enjoys a tropical climate, sun block cream is recommended particularly for the boat ride on Inle Lake or the beach. A spare pair of glasses, if worn, is also advisable.
Overseas call can be made at communication office or a hotel in major cities, E-mail and Internet are also available in Myanmar. It can be used at a hotel or internet café in most of the tourist spots of our country.
The Myanmar Standard Time is six and half hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time. One and half hours difference with Singapore and 30 minutes with Thailand.
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