Travelling to Myanmar?
Get the best rates for Myanmar currency online
Excited about your Myanmar adventure? Manor FX has got your Myanmar kyat needs covered! With our excellent Myanmar kyat rates, you’ll have extra MMK to explore the nation’s rich culture and breathtaking landscapes.
We provide safe and convenient delivery of Myanmar travel money to your doorstep or office. Alternatively, why not pop into our Manor FX bureau near Heathrow and pick up your currency in person?
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Myanmar travel money
Embark on your journey to Myanmar fully prepared! Let’s dive into some helpful information about using the Myanmar kyat and card payments in this beautiful country.
Can you buy Myanmar kyat in the UK?
It’s not commonly found in some banks or post offices.
The most convenient way is online, right here on our user-friendly website. Easily exchange your pound sterling for Myanmar kyat.
Friendly tip: try not to exchange your travel money at airports. Their higher rates mean you’ll have fewer kyats for your pounds.
Should I exchange money before I travel to Myanmar?
Absolutely. Having some Myanmar kyat in hand for smaller purchases and initial expenses upon arrival is a good idea. Local currency ensures smoother transactions, especially in smaller shops or local markets.
Exchanging money before you go allows you to take advantage of better rates than you’d find at airports.
Why not convert your GBP to Myanmar kyat today and get your currency sorted before you travel?
What’s the difference between Burmese and Myanmar kyat?
You might be wondering about the Myanmar kyat, or as some call it, the Burmese kyat. Well, they’re the same thing! “Myanmar” is the current and official name of the country. Burma changed its name to Myanmar in 1989.
The government at the time wanted a name that represented all the ethnic groups in the country, not just the Burman majority. So, they chose “Myanmar,” a more inclusive name.
It’s important to know that some countries still use “Burma” because of political reasons, but officially, it’s Myanmar now.
You can order Burmese kyat, now known as Myanmar kyat, with Manor FX. Buy Burmese kyat online today and get free delivery on orders over £750.
Can I use US dollars in Myanmar?
Yes, you can use US dollars in Myanmar. It’s best for bigger purchases like hotel stays or flight tickets.
Myanmar kyat is the way to go for smaller, everyday things like street food or market buys.
Quick reminder: Make sure your dollars are crisp and unmarked; they’re pretty picky about the condition of foreign currency.
What is the best currency to use in Myanmar?
As a tourist in Myanmar, you’ll need two currencies for spending:
- used for flights, trains, most hotels, government entry fees, high-end restaurants and shops.
When paying in US dollars, your notes must be pristine. This means no creases, tears or marks on banknotes.
- Essential for the local scene, like budget guest houses, buses, taxis, everyday eateries, and small shops.
Overall, it’s important to pack both kyat and crisp US dollars for a smooth trip in Myanmar!
Once you return, remember to convert your leftover Myanmar kyats to pounds.
Can I use my credit card in Myanmar?
Yes, you can use credit cards in Myanmar, but it’s limited. They’re accepted in bigger cities, at larger hotels, upscale restaurants, and some tourist spots. But remember, in smaller towns, local markets, and street vendors, it’s usually cash-only.
Having some local currency with you for these places is a good idea. Using credit cards is becoming more common, but having cash is still the safest bet for smooth transactions in Myanmar.
Should I use cash in Myanmar?
Absolutely, using cash in Myanmar is a great idea! Cash is king for street food in many places, especially local markets and small shops.
While credit cards are accepted in some larger hotels and restaurants, having Myanmar kyat on hand makes everyday purchases much easier.
If you have any leftover currency from your recent travels, remember to exchange your Myanmar kyat back to pounds when you return.
Is it better to use cash or credit card in Myanmar?
In Myanmar, having both cash and a card is advisable:
- Cash is essential for smaller, everyday transactions. Many local markets and smaller shops prefer or only accept cash.
- Cards are accepted in larger cities, major tourist spots, and upscale establishments for bigger expenses.
- ATMs are widely available, but be mindful of withdrawal fees and currency conversion charges.
- Having a card as a backup is practical for unexpected expenses or if you run out of cash.
- Inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid card issues abroad.
Balancing cash and card usage ensures both convenience and security.
At Manor FX, we buyback Myanmar kyat. Remember to convert your extra travel money back into cash when you return.
How can I avoid ATM fees in Myanmar?
Looking to steer clear of ATM fees on your Myanmar trip? No worries, we’ve got some tips for you:
- Use currency exchange services: Instead of ATMs, use currency exchange services in Myanmar. They’re pretty common, especially in tourist areas. You’ll get kyat easily and avoid those ATM charges.
- Plan your cash usage: Before you go, plan how much cash you’ll need daily.
- Carry a mix of currencies: While US dollars are great for big purchases, having kyat is handy for smaller, day-to-day expenses. A mix of both gives you flexibility.
- Check for no-fee options: Some banks or travel cards offer reduced or no fees for international ATM use. Check if you have such an option before you leave.
- Limit ATM withdrawals: If you have to use an ATM, try to limit your withdrawals. Larger, less frequent withdrawals mean fewer fees.
Remember, a little planning goes a long way in avoiding extra costs and making your Myanmar adventure more enjoyable!
How much cash should I take to Myanmar?
Despite being one of Southeast Asia’s less developed countries, costs can be quite high due to the rising number of tourists and limited accommodation options. Let’s break it down for you.
- If you are backpacking, around £50 a day, around 132,800 kyat, should cover you.
- Want more comfort? Plan for £75-100 a day, around 265,601 kyat.
- Looking for luxury? It’s similar to Thailand or Vietnam, around £200+ a day, around 531,202 kyat.
Don’t forget to convert your British pounds to Myanmar kyat with Manor FX online. We’ve got your travel money covered, no matter your budget.
How does tipping work in Myanmar?
Tipping isn’t a standard practice in Myanmar, but it’s appreciated for good service. A small tip in restaurants and for services is a kind gesture.
Is Myanmar a cheap country to visit?
Myanmar might not top the list as the cheapest Southeast Asia destination, but it’s still super wallet-friendly.
Accommodation, local food, and transportation are quite affordable. Street food is a steal and super tasty. You can find comfortable guesthouses or hostels at great prices. Travelling around by local buses or trains won’t break the bank either.
If you’re looking for a place with rich culture and beautiful landscapes that’s easy on the wallet, Myanmar is a fantastic choice!
Banknotes in Myanmar
The currency used in Myanmar is the Myanmar kyat, often abbreviated as MMK. It comes in both coins and banknotes.
The banknotes are more widely used and come in a variety of denominations. These include 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, and 10000 kyats. Each note has a unique colour and design, making it easy to tell them apart.
Coins in Myanmar
Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100 kyats, but they’re used less than the banknotes.
Myanmar’s currency import and export regulations
There’s no limit on how much foreign currency you can bring in. But, if you’ve got more than $10,000, you’ll need to declare it on the customs and currency forms.
When you leave, if you claimed over $10,000 on arrival, ensure you have receipts for what you bought in Burma. Your purchases should match the amount you exchanged for kyat. Keeping track of this makes your journey in and out smooth and hassle-free.
Ordering Myanmar kyat online
Get the best Myanmar kyat currency exchange rate with our easy online ordering process. Have them securely delivered to your home or office, or collect them from our travel money shop near Heathrow.
So convert your sterling pound to Myanmar kyat/ pound to Burmese kyat and enjoy all the benefits Manor FX offers.
Selling back Myanmar kyat
If you have leftover travel money, we can help convert your Myanmar kyat to GBP. Follow the link, select ‘sell currency,’ and choose ‘MMK Myanmar kyat’. We offer competitive rates for this service.
You’ll need a visa if you’re travelling from the UK to Myanmar. But don’t worry, it’s pretty straightforward!
You can apply for an eVisa online, which is super convenient. The eVisa lets you stay in Myanmar for up to 28 days. Apply before your trip, and you’ll be all set for your exciting adventure in Myanmar!
It’s recommended to have shots for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, as these can be caught through food or water.
If you’re going to rural areas or staying for a long time, consider getting vaccinated for Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and Rabies.
Depending on your travel history, check with your doctor if you need a Yellow Fever vaccination. And don’t forget, staying up-to-date with routine vaccines like measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) is always wise.
The best time to visit Myanmar depends on your travel plans.
The weather is cool and dry between November and February, making it perfect for exploring. You’ll get sunny days and comfortable temperatures.
March to May can be super hot. We’re talking intense heat, which might make long days of sightseeing a bit tough. If you don’t mind the heat, you’ll find fewer tourists and some vibrant local festivals.
Then there’s the rainy season, from June to October. Expect heavy showers and high humidity. The rains can sometimes disrupt travel, especially in rural areas. But the landscapes are lush and green, and the tourist spots are less crowded.
Each season has its charm, but for the best all-around experience, November to February is your sweet spot. It’s when Myanmar truly shines, offering a mix of great weather, stunning sights, and colourful cultural experiences.
In Myanmar, the main language spoken is Burmese. It’s the official language.
But Myanmar is a diverse country. It has over 100 ethnic groups! This means you’ll find lots of different languages spoken in various regions.
Many people speak English in tourist areas, especially hotels, restaurants, and popular attractions. So, while Burmese is the go-to language, you’ll often find English speakers in places visited by travellers.
Myanmar is primarily safe for tourists, but some areas need extra caution. Since gaining independence in 1948, Myanmar has had ongoing conflicts, making some regions unsafe to visit.
Safest places to visit in Myanmar:
- Yangon: It’s a bustling city, perfect for starting your Myanmar adventure.
- Mandalay: As Myanmar’s cultural heart, Mandalay is busy but fascinating. It’s filled with rich culture, history, and great food.
- Bagan: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bagan is an archaeological wonder. Surrounded by stunning countryside, it blends ancient history and modern life.
Places to avoid in Myanmar:
Certain areas in Shan State, Kachin State, Southern Chin, Kayah State, Kayin State, Mon State, North Mandalay Region and Rakhine State can be dangerous or off-limits.
Check the latest travel advisories and consider local advice before visiting these regions.
In summary, Myanmar is a beautiful country with plenty to offer, but it’s wise to stay updated on current conditions.
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