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Money in Burma

  • Nywoman

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    I know there are no ATM's and believe that $US is the preferred currency except when it is not.

    What kind of denominations should I carry in perfect crisp bills?

    If I only have $100 bills will I get change in $ or Kyat.

    Thanks again for advice

    #1 Posted: 30/9/2009 - 20:56

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  • Tilapia

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    Carry a bunch of small bills. I had a mess of $5's and lots of $1's. You'll need them for ferries, taxis, entrance fees to sites, and things like that, including your departure tax when you fly out. I'm not sure what it is now, or if it is even charged these days, so make sure you know before you head to the airport with no money.

    When I went I insisted that I had no more U$ and ended up paying my departure tax with Kyat. They weren't impressed.

    #2 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 02:49

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    you get a slightly better exchange rate with $100s (compared to $20s). So use the big bills when changing to kyat (it's better to use kyat for small purchased in markets, shops, restaurants). If you pay with USD at a hotel, tour agency, etc. you can get your change in USD. In small shops, markets, etc. they'll take USD but your change will usually be in kyat.

    #3 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 14:56

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