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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Hostel or guesthouse: US$10–40
  • Local restaurant or street-stall meal: US$2–6
  • One day's bicycle hire: US$1–2
Midrange
US$50–150
  • Double room in midrange hotel: US$40–70
  • Two-course meal in midrange restaurant: US$5–15
  • Trekking Kalaw to Inle Lake: US$30 per person per day
  • Boat to Bagan: US$42
Top end (more than)
US$150
  • Double room in top-end hotel: US$100–500
  • Meal in top-end restaurant: US$25–45
  • Driver and guide: US$100 per day
  • Fine lacquerware bowl: US$200

Cash mainly. ATMs accepting international cards are increasingly available in cities, towns and tourist areas. Bring pristine US bills for exchange.

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Myanmar, though little extra 'presents' are sometimes expected (even if they're not asked for) in exchange for a service.

Airport If someone helps you with your bags, a small tip is welcomed.

Restaurants As wages are low, it's a good idea to leave change for waiters.

Temples A small donation is appreciated if a caretaker is required to unlock a temple.