MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT CASH FUNDS
Never travel anywhere here without sufficient cash money as there are no banks in so many places here.No ATM's no one accepts travellers cheques!!!.Also US Dollars are the money of choice although Burmese "kyiat" is the local currency..There are a few things to be aware of..
The Burmese currency is of no value outside of the country so make sure that you spend it on souvenirs or give it away to the kids...When paying for taxes in various regions always carry different denominations of US$'s 5's ,10's, 20,'s and a bunch of singles so as you can pay with the correct amount of $'s and thus so not getting any Burmese currency in change..as your change will be at a really low rate also.!!!There is one thing that is really important and that is the notes must ALL be brand new otherwise they will not be accepted and this can create huge problems..I Know,!!!
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH WATER
When travelling here especially in the really hot months (it's always hot) this country can be like a furnace...ALWAYS make sure when you set out for the day that you are carrying plenty of fresh water as there are many places that it is not readily available..
.Make sure also that the screw cap "seal" on purchased water bottles has not been broken and the bottle re-filled with "nasty" water..
The Hot, Hot Sun
If you plan to walk across the bridge, bear in mind that it will probably take about thirty minutes each way (I know, I know...it's possible to do it in fifteen but let's not make it a race ;-).
There are long open stretches with no shelter so you should wear sunscreen. The temperature was only in the mid 20s when I was there but can imagine what it could have been like.
Elsewhere in Myanmar we are in and out of pagodas but for this attraction at least, we 'feel the burn' ;-)