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Using us dollars outside Yangon

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Using us dollars outside Yangon

I have read that USD are readily accepted in Yangon. I will also be in Nyaungshwe (Inle) and Bagan. Will I be able to pay for meals, horse carts, and small souvenirs, etc. with one and five us dollar bills or must I pay with kyat?

Thank you for any help.


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1. Re: Using us dollars outside Yangon

Hi Dear,

You can use USD or Kyat but it is more convenient to use in Kyat for you because exchange rate is different from in streets and at bank.

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2. Re: Using us dollars outside Yangon

We found that you could pretty much use dollars anywhere with the exception of some local restaurants but if you asked they would probably have accepted them. The downside is you need pristine dollars and I mean pristine – no creases and fresh off the press - so it is easier to get some battered old Kyats and then you don't need to be careful. Don't expect that ok dollars will be accepted - they won't. We used pretty much kyat but some small bills would have been useful.

For entry to Inle Lake they requested USD and gave you a really bad rate if you wanted to pay in Kyat



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3. Re: Using us dollars outside Yangon

Pay in kyat which is the local payment - but of course you can pay in dollars everywhere - even in the most remote village and even for entry to Inle Lake you can paid in kyat even they requested USD.


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4. Re: Using us dollars outside Yangon

Everything will be better to pay by kyats except entrance fees.Because they(the government) will charge a dollar or 1000 kyats for every collect charges.Few years back,it's will be cheaper.Now 867 kyats per dollar.Around 1300 kyats/dollar In 2009.So it's differance.Anyway,have a nice trip!

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