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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Double room in a budget hotel: US$25–50
  • Bowl of noodles K1500–2000
  • Short motorcycle taxi trip: K1000
Midrange
US$50–200
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: US$51–200
  • Meal in local restaurants: K5000–20,000
  • A few motorcycle taxi trips: K3000
Top end (more than)
US$200
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: more than US$200
  • Meal at top restaurant: more than K20,000
  • All-day taxi hire: K20,000–30,000
  • Balloon ride: more than US$300

Pristine euro, US dollar and Singapore dollar banknotes can be changed for excellent rates at Mandalay Airport and at downtown money changers, such as Faith Moneychanger, and several branches of KBZ Bank and CB Bank. Both banks (and numerous other financial institutions) have 24-hour ATMs for Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Plus and UnionPay.

Midrange and high-end hotels, and some higher-end restaurants, may accept credit cards, but you'll need cash elsewhere.