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About Myanmar (Burma)
Only very few overseas visitors are criminals in Myanmar, possibly because the fines for the theft of people. Despite the fact that the quasi-civilian regime established in 2011 has taken action to curb censure and release some detainees, Myanmar is still far from being a place where free expression can be taken for granted and where regular use is still made of force against dissidents and demonstrators.
So it is still advisable to stay away from policy issues as locals can be anxious to find themselves in difficulty; let them take the helm and be discrete. In Myanmar, the general healthcare provided is of low standard. If you are seriously ill, please consult your consulate and ask for a treatment of the highest standard (and may need an advance payment).
It is important as always to take out health cover, which includes first aid assistance. Small errata and complaints can be treated by chemists, especially in large touristic areas where they are more likely to do so. Nowadays, most places have cybercafés, almost all with printing and some offers like Skype; in additon some of them have Wi-Fi connection.
Links are untrustworthy and can be frustrationingly sluggish; not surprisingly, high-end hostels are the best choice and it is usually possible to use the Wi-Fi when buying something in their cafe. Do not access a PayPalccount from Myanmar as it may be locked. Many of the best of these places are well accustomed to satisfying the needs of the visitor by giving cards and tips on how to discover the area.
Government tourism agencies run by Myanmar Travels & Tours (MTT) are generally not very useful, although you will need to attend one if you want to request permission to go to a prohibited area. There are also free specimens of cards issued by Design Printing Services (dpsmap. com), one of which is a Bagan map and one of several city.
You can buy a number of map of the land outside Myanmar, among them the Travel Know How 1:1.500.000 and Globetrotter 1:1.700.000 (the latter also contains some map of the country). Myanmar Post is not known for its efficiencies; postcard delivery is inexpensive, but they often do not achieve their goals.
As a rule, postal services are open from Monday to Friday 9 am. 30.00 to 16.00 and sometimes on Saturday morning, and many have an EMS (Express Mail Service) desk that provides quicker and more dependable global deliver. When you wrote it, the K860 to $1, K1300 to 1 and K1120 to 1 euros was the K860 to $1 currency and high quality banknotes (especially $100 notes) attracted the best interest so make them revise.
It' never a good way to exchange on the road, even if the rates sound good, as fraud is widespread. Please also be aware that you cannot buy or sell Kyoto abroad, so you should exchange the rest of your foreign exchange before travel. They are used to buy groceries, coach fares, taxis and goods in normal stores or stores, but US dollar (and possibly euro, although you can't count on it) must be used for public service, which includes rail fares and entrance fee for important tourism destinations.
Situations also exist where US dollar is favored but not demanded, especially in hotel and guesthouse establishments, but also in some tourism-oriented businesses. Please be aware that any currencies you wish to exchange within Myanmar must be unaltered and that the US dollar was spent in 2006 or later.
Banknotes that are crumpled, ripped or in any way identified cannot be acceptable to any bank, hotel or other business; if they accept them, they are likely to be sold at a discounted price. Refuse the bill of exchange of the US Dollars, unless it is in good state.
Myanmar had a pure tourist currency industry for many years, until the end of 2012: it was not possible to make withdrawals from ATM' s in the state, traveller's checks were not acceptable, financial transfers like Western Union were not available, and only a few top class hotel acceptors were able to accept them.
As of the date of this letter, it was not yet possible to suggest that you arrive in Myanmar without sufficient funds - in Euro, Singapore dollar or (preferably) US dollar - to travel throughout the year. The usual opening times are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although stores remain open a little later (and are usually open on Saturdays).
The opening hours of the postal offices differ, but are usually from Monday to Friday 9 am. Normally open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 15.00, although some are closing before. The governmental run musees are open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Multiple public holiday are rooted in the moon calender and therefore date changes every year.
A Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) such as Skype is the least costly and simplest way to make calls abroad. If not, you may need to use local call centers (check with the postal service), although they are very high. In Myanmar, it is still in its early stages and not widespread, but foreign nationals can buy a 28-day long UMTS membership in cell phones and grocery stores, granted by the MDPT.
Myanmar requires a permit for all foreigners. Therefore, you must obtain a visitor permit from an Myanmar diplomatic mission or a Myanmar diplomatic mission before entering the Dominican Republic, as you cannot obtain a permit at the Myanmar-Borders. Touristic visits usually take 28 day from the date of arrival, which must take place within three month of the date of issue, costing about 20 to 30 dollars.
A number of messages, such as those in Bangkok, provide the services on the same date for an surcharge. Touristic visa cannot be renewed, but it is possible to extend it.