In 2014, when we first decided to go to Myanmar for a two-week holiday, we had so many questions. It’s not the kind of country that either of us had any general knowledge about. We had one set of friends who had been the year before, but they did super-luxury guided tours throughout their trip so their costs were not going to be similar to ours.
So we muddled through and set our budget as we went. Now that we’ve been there, though, we can answer our own questions with confidence!
*Disclaimer: It’s been over two years since we went to Myanmar and things in that country change pretty fast. Take these costs as an approximate and maybe add a few US dollars to each price.
What’s this about perfect American dollars?
You do still have to have perfectly crisp and uncreased American dollars almost everywhere you go (we saw a guy get turned away at a hotel because his money had a slight fold).
Keep American dollars for paying for accommodation; the guest houses tend to prefer US$ to kyat.
TIP – Bring a page of thick card stock paper per person. Fold in half then put money inside. Use an elastic to secure it and keep this bundle inside the cover of a book, preferably a journal or hardcover.
I’m a big reader. This is great for travelling; I rarely get bored. But the weight of books, and the space they take up in my luggage– sometimes it’s just not practical.
And while I don’t get carsick easily and can happily read in a moving vehicle on a highway or stable street, there are many roads in this world that even I couldn’t handle reading through without the risk of severe nausea.