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The best place to change money when you get to Yangon?
The same tariff is available at an outside luggage counter at an airline banking office, an ATM at the terminal or an ATM in the town. Inofficial money change machines, once romanticized as the "black market", require a slightly higher spread, but many of them will change a broader variety of currency, and they are often open after the closure of banking institutions.
Native Americans use the informal exchange because they do not have to provide documents (only Australia's tinsmiths are better at evading taxes than the Myanmar people). What's the point of worrying about a slight change in exchange rates? When you change a million bucks, sure, look for those little bitty points.
For the few hundred you will change in Myanmar, just change it and move on to more important things. It is the money exchanger that makes the money in the money exchange transaction, not the client.
In Myanmar how to exchange money
UPDATE: I have (finally) come back to Myanmar and can tell you first handed that this item is no longer pertinent - ATM' s are everywhere and bureaux de change are legal! When you are traveling to Myanmar (Burma), you have probably listened to a mixture of legends, half-truths and falsehoods about the preparation for your journey and things to do when you arrive there.
The most important thing is the money change in Myanmar, which begins before entry - or should be, if you know what's good for you. It' s neither hard nor impractical to trade and pay money as you journey through Myanmar, but it takes a lot of planning and unwavering love of detail.
Skipping a godforsaken move in the long quest to get Myanmar kyat, you could end up bankrupt or even destitute. Following your arrival at Yangon International Airport, an officially recognised currency trade fair stand is your first glimpse. There' s nothing "official" about this stand.
Actually, that's a myth - it's a state money change. Unfortunately, the rates they are quoting you here (about 40k s = $1) is far below the value you will get for your buck from plagiarism money exchangers on the roads of Yangon, which is about 900:1. Yes, you are right: If you legally convert to Myanmar, you will accept a 95 percent drop.
Causes of this gap - as well as the difference between the international airports' currency rates and the real MMK = 1 US dollar - are complicated and come from the network of controls that the country's governing rulers have over all facets of their lives there, with the meticulously run business being one of many.
There are some things you need to do before you can change money anywhere in Myanmar. Despite the threat of a collapse, the US has become the preferred currencies for Burma money change agents - most will not be accepting the euro, pound or even paht from neighbouring Thailand. Besides the fact that you need to keep your bucks on hand, it' highly recommended to pay $20 or more - and imperative that all your bucks are in near-noval state.
The majority of cheap travellers to Myanmar come from Bangkok, partly because it is the nearest metropolis of Burma, partly because it is the most favourite backpacking destinations of the very few towns in Southeast Asia that have flights directly to Myanmar, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Purchasing US bucks in Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore is very simple: you just take out about as much money as you need in US bucks in its Balt, ring git or Singaporean Dollar equivalents from any ATM, then go inside the banking establishment and change the top down for US bucks to make sure that the invoices you get are checked for possible imperfections - ask the cashier to change US bucks with market, teardrops and even pleats for new invoices.
Myanmar is expensive? It is hard to say how many bucks to have, not so much because the cost of the trip to Myanmar is not: it is not: You' ll always find a budget of $25-75 per days, according to how opulent you want to be. This is because there are virtually no cash machines in Myanmar and few retailers and hotel companies are accepting them.
This means that the amount of money you are bringing to Myanmar is all you need to stay there all the while. You know that if you regularly trip, unforeseen circumstances occur - and if you are in Myanmar and have to pay more money than you have, your only chance of relying on another liberal traveller is if you haven't budgeted enough.
Originally I had been planning to extend my Myanmar trip to 10 nights, so I took a midway and took 500 dollars in hard of pog. Myanmar was much less expensive than I had anticipated; after the first four working day I had only been spending a little over $100.
First, my purse was stolen somewhere between my landing and counting the money for about $35; second, I had a $108 poisoned meal that compelled me to buy an expensively paid home plane for the 45-minute jump from Mandalay to Yangon so that I could return to Bangkok and get some rest before my journey to the Philippines the following weekend.
You are now prepared to change money unlawfully. Remember that this is not against the law for you, but for Myanmar nationals who are not permitted to own US dollar. If you are planning to take the common roads of Yangon - or, less ideal, Mandalay or a smaller township or township - ask your reception ist if he will trade the money for you.
It is often less in your favour (I have 850:1 in Yangon and 800:1 in Mandalay), but it will save you the effort and effort of being shadowy - which is actually part of the game. Swapping money in Myanmar in the "cool" way is like shopping for dope, if you have ever done so:
They walk around certain areas of the town - if the employees can't trade money for you, they can tell you exactly where to go - and look for men with enormous piles of money in their hand. It is imperative to keep these two things in mind when exchanging money in this way:
Arrange a course before committing to an interchange with someone; and counter your kyat - in your own hand - before giving a drop. It is also a good option to swap money during the afternoon if you meet the uncommon thief from Burma. There are two main reason why you may meet resistance in presenting your dollar:
Your invoices are either not large enough - normally only $50 and $100 notes are accepted by exchange offices on the supermarket, less often $2os - or they are not in good working order. In fact, some money change machines even say that certain numbers indicate that an invoice is fake, but do not allow them to reject your invoices for this inconvenience.
At a side comment, I would suggest holding a small amount of bucks in your hands - and saving them in a different place from your kin. Remote areas are as willing to pay US $1, $5 and $10 notes as they are to change, although unlike moneychangers, individual travellers enjoy travelling to Myanmar for information, inspiration, entertainment and skills like you.