Tips. tricks and a lot of other detailed information about Myanmar
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2013 8:05 AM Last Post By: Whatelles
Feb 12, 2013 12:54 AM
Tips. tricks and a lot of other detailed information about MyanmarDear travellers,
For those who are about to go to Myanmar, take a look at my detailed blog, here is the link: www.travellingthroughmyanmar.blogspot.nl
It's a retrospective of my month in Myanmar, which could be a source of practical information, certainly for travellers without any/little knowledge of Myanmar.
That said: these are my reflections and my opinion and everybody is different, so what I hated, might be great fun for someone else or vice verse. So don't judge me for this: I just wrote down how I experienced things, how I felt, how I saw it. It might help you, or not. It was a hell of job to write this blog. I have put in an incredible amount of energy, love and care. If you don't agree with me, I totally understand, but I would suggest not to use Thorntree to start a discussion about it.
Have fun reading 'my memoirs' .
Happy travels people!
Feb 12, 2013 1:17 AM
Feb 12, 2013 1:28 AM
2hi, Whatelles, I am still reading your blog and I like the information, since I will go to Myanmar in March. Now you wonder about the pristine dollars and the euros in whatever condition? The reason is very easy: Just compare the bills. With a good photocopy printer you can reproduce the just twocoloured dollar bills easily, and if you then just " age" them a bit with dust and folds, it is difficult to see that these are forged. Now try this with a Euro bill with all the extremely refined security marks, holograms, metal band, watermarks etc. Hard job to forge those and you can see that even if they are used. So Nederlands people, I am European too (and belong to the old guys as I am 70, but without belly and still travelling individually avoiding the herd and the trodden paths) let us be a bit proud on our refined Euro bills! I start to understand why they took so much pain to give them all these features!
But today I read in Thorntree that most hotels refuse to take Euro and travellers had to change them into Kyat to pay. I had already decided to take half of my money in € half in $ but meanwhile I rather think I restrict my Euros to the reserve bank for emergencies.
Feb 12, 2013 4:02 PM
Feb 12, 2013 6:13 PM
The way you lose the smallest changing fee is taking euro's with you and change them at a bank into kyats. Enough banks and the rates are good. That's what I do next week, after experiences with dollars last november.
And there are ATM's, though that's less cheap. I consider the ATM service for emergencies. Yes take some usd with you for entries and boat and train. I saw people checking dollars not only by sight but also by the feeling. So for the reason of 'no good feel' a one dollar bill was refused by the railway clerk of Hsipaw. Not a big deal but rather peculiar.
Feb 13, 2013 3:36 AM
5Yes, the grey haired set are a major force in SE Asia now. I saw quite a lot in north Laos and Asian groups like taking the pick of the accommodation too. I might keep Myanmar for a rainy day and let things settle after the mad rush to be there before it "changes" but it seems to have done that already.
Feb 21, 2013 8:05 AM
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