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Myanmar

I was in Myanmar first in 1993 when one could go again for 28 days to the country. The currency situation was a bit confusing, hotels, planes, trains, boats and entry fee for temples etc. had to be payed with US Dollars fresh out of the printing machine (one tiny spot or crease made it worthless), everthing else could be payed in Kyat which had a very big difference betwenn official rate and (black) market rate. No ATM and no credit card use. At that time there where also Kyat bill in strange denominations like 15, 45 or 90 Kyat around which made counting your money hard work. On this trip i went from Yangon by bus to Inle Lake by a very old bus on a terrible road to Bagan then Mandaly and places nearby then by bus back to Yangon. The most expensive where all these $ 5 temple entrance fees, but new decent bifocal optical glasses i got for $ 12, food and beer almost free. 

Today crisp new US Dollars are still popular, ATM are around, credit cards can be used in the more expensive places, and no black market. Some land borders with Thailand can be used.

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Money is still a problem, but not as much as before. The first time I i was in Myanmar the local currency came in 35,70 and 90 bills, and it was only… read entire review