"MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCES ARE COVERED" Top 5 Page for this destination Bagan Tourist Trap Tip by DennyP

Bagan Tourist Traps: 4 reviews and 5 photos

by DennyP

When Arriving in different Burmese cities there is usually a foreigners tax on arriving or departing or both..All taxes must be paid in US dollars .MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE WHAT IS NECCESARY. and preferably the correct amount needed.Also make sure that you have plenty of US dollars for your journey through Burma. There isn't any ATM's . banks give ridiculous exchange rates and travellers cheques are not accepted anywhere. You MUST make sure that your US dollar bills are in new and crisp condition otherwise they will NOT be exchanged. The best advice is to carry about a hundred US$'s in small denominations ie: a couple of 20's, 10's. 5's and the rest in singles.This shouldn't be a problem as you will be carrying all your cash in a hidden money belt .I have seen some people in difficult predicaments owing to this ,with a pocketful of dollars that they can't cash....Be careful where you exchange your money also...don't do it in the street...it's illegal. Your Hotel will be the best place and usually give you the best exchange rate..also get rid of all Burmese currency (kyiat) before leaving by buying little burmese gifts. The Burmese currency is worthless outside of Burma.
When paying taxes try and pay the exact amount in US $'s and that way avoiding change in Burmese Kyiat at a very low exchange rate,.. making the taxes a higher cost.

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  • Updated Dec 17, 2011
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