Money + Etiquette in Myanmar
The national currency is the Kyat (pronounced “chat”), with 1 US$ to 800 Kyat. The usual currency used by tourists is US$ cash. Credit cards or Travellers Cheques are not accepted anywhere in the country. It is not possible to get cash from banks or cash machines. Please bring enough cash in US$. Prices are around 1.5US$ for a bottle of beer; a main course costs between 1 to 5 US$.
Peculiarities: For larger US$ bills (100$ notes) you will receive a higher exchange rate than for smaller notes. Euros are not accepted everywhere. US$ are better!
Please try to bring clean, new notes without any marks or stains. Notes that are written on, stamped, creased or torn will not always be accepted. We would be happy to help you in exchanging US$ into Kyat; and in exchanging them back at the end of your trip.
Clothing and etiquette
Even though the country is classed as poor, its people set value on a groomed appearance and clean clothing – it is a way of expressing dignity and self-respect, no matter what the living circumstances may be. Thus, it is irritating for locals when well-off foreigners do not behave similarly.
Light clothing is advisable. Almost all hotels offer laundry service. In order to respect local rites and customs, we would recommend long clothing (long trousers, shirts with long sleeves etc.). This will also protect you from mosquitos and the strong sun rays. Please remember to bring enough sun creme, since it can hardly be found in Myanmar. And don’t forget your (sun) hat!
In order to be able to take off your shoes quickly when visiting pagodas, we would recommend you wear sandals. Please be aware that long trousers or skirts and shoulder-covering shirts are obligatory in pagodas and monasteries.
If you plan to travel in the mountains in December and January, don’t forget to bring warm clothing as well, since there can be frost at night. For boat trips on Inle Lake, bring a wind-proof jacket and equip yourself with some good boots for trekking (sole with a tread).
Myanmar Travel Information