hotels in myanmar / carrying cash
Replies: 7 - Last Post: May 5, 2013 10:13 PM Last Post By: skidrowe
May 4, 2013 7:15 AM
hotels in myanmar / carrying cashis it generally the norm to pay for your hotel bill upfront in myanmar? can you pay night by night as i dont want to pay for 3 nights only to find out the room i looked at during check in looked ok but was not so great (i.e. cockaroaches in the middle of the night or the air con doesnt work, etc).
read the LP article about withdrawing cash using your visa but im guessing this isnt all over myanmar yet as it sounds relatively new meaning ill need to carry cash around. how do you carry a wad of cash around for so long? is this just in your money belt or is some of that cash being stashed in your backpack, shoes etc?
May 4, 2013 8:42 AM
1never leave in backpack and dont expect western standards for your $3 rooms B&B that are now $30 B&B I have an inside pocket sewn into shorts that carries rreal money for my travels ie $' & £'s etc also passport and debit/credit cards (emergenmcy use only) ATM's now in Myanmar but expensive as fopr payuing for rooms in advance I aways do but check room first if wary, also not good to do a runner without paying your bill or taking up your prebooked Hotel , if you have that in mind as some have done, this last two years. just Typical of the new age of visitors to Myanmar. showing the Burmese that the new flashapcker travellers are not of the honest caring Ilk that they were used to, when burma campaign and UN demanded we do not go to Myanmar because of its human rights record and demande th democracy rules as now in burma
May 4, 2013 2:06 PM
2Maybe you can be upfront with them and advise you will only pay for the first night as you are worried and see how that goes.
There are ATMs on the well-worn tourist trail. They only issue Kyat. But due to the quite expensive ATM fees, the cheaper option does seem to be to carry a wad of $US notes and to change at banks and official counters, Change US$200 on arrival at the airport, the exchange rate is as good as anywhere and will give you enough for some days.
Storing the wad of US$ is a bit of a problem, shove some in with your passport, some in your small carryaround backpack, some in your left sock. Added to the storage problem you have to keep them crisp, clean and watertight from the odd monsoon downpour. And if you think your wad of $US is a problem, the huger wad of Kyats that you get for your US$200 is even more cumbersome to handle.
But at least he Burmese are some of the most honest people I know. There has been the odd report of theft or pickpocket, but Myanmar would be one of the better countries to have to carry big dollars around.
May 4, 2013 3:49 PM
May 4, 2013 3:52 PM
May 5, 2013 3:37 AM
5Re#3 Kyats are now virtually accepted everywhere. US dollars are for park entrance fees (generally they not accept kyats) and can be used for Hotels, long haul bus tickets, bigger taxi fares. Kyats can used for all those but generally use Kyats for smaller purchases, restaurants, temple fees. Best to take about $100 or $200 in smaller denominations, but hotels will give you US$ change if you pay for room in US$. Check your change for any marks etc on the notes and ask for better ones if not happy. Kyats are some of the grubbiest notes around, so don't be concerned about condition of your Kyats. Any grubby Kyats left over at the end of your trip can be change at the airport when leaving for a very reasonable rate
May 5, 2013 7:42 AM
6I had my crisp dollars inside my hard cover diary (???) in the messenger cum camera bag. Not so crisp euros in money belt. If you come from euro area, you can exchange all you Kyats straight from Euros, no need to go dollar route. You DO need crisp some dollars also.
This "I can not carry a lot of money" thing is quite funny. What do you think we all did before plastic was invented? I still carry only cash, sometimes over 10k€, and never worry about it. Keep it close all the time and just do not forget it somewhere!
May 5, 2013 10:13 PM
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