Are travelers checks viable in Myanmar? Are ATM’s available? Do vendors usually take credit cards or do small vendors not have the equipment ?

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. U.S. dollars are used more often than anything else in Myanmar.

ATM’s are just starting to open but we can’t guarantee their availability as of this writing. Bring cash and travelers checks as a back up.

For your cash, MAKE SURE that the bills are clean and new, without rips, tears, or wrinkles. Bring bills that are newer than 2006.

Depending on your spending habits, consider carrying a couple of 100’s, a couple of 50’s and plenty of 5’s, 10’s 20’s, and singles for smaller purchases. Burma is a very safe country, but you may want to put your passport and cash in a neck pouch under your shirt.

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