MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FINANCES ARE COVERED
When Arriving in different Burmese cities there is usually a foreigners tax on arriving or departing or both..All taxes must be paid in US dollars .MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE WHAT IS NECCESARY. and preferably the correct amount needed.Also make sure that you have plenty of US dollars for your journey through Burma. There isn't any ATM's . banks give ridiculous exchange rates and travellers cheques are not accepted anywhere. You MUST make sure that your US dollar bills are in new and crisp condition otherwise they will NOT be exchanged. The best advice is to carry about a hundred US$'s in small denominations ie: a couple of 20's, 10's. 5's and the rest in singles.This shouldn't be a problem as you will be carrying all your cash in a hidden money belt .I have seen some people in difficult predicaments owing to this ,with a pocketful of dollars that they can't cash....Be careful where you exchange your money also...don't do it in the street...it's illegal. Your Hotel will be the best place and usually give you the best exchange rate..also get rid of all Burmese currency (kyiat) before leaving by buying little burmese gifts. The Burmese currency is worthless outside of Burma.
When paying taxes try and pay the exact amount in US $'s and that way avoiding change in Burmese Kyiat at a very low exchange rate,.. making the taxes a higher cost.
- Women's Travel
"Currency Collectors" are Scams
Visiting the stupas you will meet nicely dressed locals that speak English well. They will strike up a conversation and eventually show you their collection of currency from all around the world. They will display it proudly and talk about how they dream of going to these places one day. DON'T BE FOOLED. The goal is to get you to give them a "missing bill" from their collection. The favorite line is "I really want a red one from Thailand because I don't have this yet". That would be 100 Baht, about $3 USD. The brilliant scam is that Thailand is a trading partner with Burma and it is easy to exchange this bill for dollars or local Kyat. Only a couple suckers per week yields them more income than the average $1 per day wage in Burma. It is no wonder that they are so well dressed most of the time although some try to look poor and desperate. Don't be fooled and tell others NOT to give these cranksters any money!
Unique Suggestions: They are nice guys and often fun to talk to. Just don't give them any bills and tell them that "everyone knows about this scam so it is time to find a job".
Cuando vas a Monte popa ves monos por todas partes y como tienes que subir la colina descalzo yienes que ir haciendo zig-zag para evitar las necesidades de los monos, aunque los olores no lospuedes evitar
Estoy convencido que que cojí una pulga cuando se me acercaron
When you go to Mt Popa you see monkeys every where and as you go up the hill with the bare feet you must zig-zag to avoid the monkeys mess , but what you can not avoid are the smells
I am convinced that I got a flea when the monkeys came near to me
Unique Suggestions: Mira al suelo cuando caminas e intenta no acercarte a los monos
Look at the floor as you walk and try not to go near the monkeys
Take a photo of me!
Only some people would consider this a tourist trap. It's a familiar story. Around many of the major attractions there are locals who dress up in traditional costume or do something otherwise worthy of a photograph and then invite you to take a picture of them. The predictable end is that they then ask you for a tip.
Unique Suggestions: This is something we see around the world. Here it happens a lot but never cost more than the equivalent of about US 50 cents. I guess these costs could mount up if you're on a budget and paying only USD5 for a night of accommodation.
My only concern was for the elderly lady here. It can't be healthy smoking those bazookas all day long for a living!