We stayed a month in Bangkok over Christmas 2014 and New Years to take a break from travelling and plan for our first stop in 2015: Myanmar.
We stayed at HQ Hostel for some of this time, which we found on Tripadvisor and recommend for its location to the gay life in Silom.
We had to first obtain a visa for Myanmar and then (as Lonely Planet and other online forums warned us) get brand spanking new, perfect condition dollar notes! The Burmese currency exchange shops are very particular about this and reject old notes with the slightest fold, rip or crease.
Whilst cash machines are popping up in greater frequency in the larger cities, we found it will make your life a lot easier if you come prepared with cash.
We found the best agency for the best rates for currency exchange in Bangkok is SuperRich International who can also provide you with new dollars for Myanmar (most Thai banks we checked couldn't quite do this).
How to find SuperRich
SuperRich is also conveniently located at 491/5-7 Silom Plaza Building on Silom Road, which is a 10-15 minutes walk from the Embassy and shuts 6pm on weekdays (5pm on Saturdays).
So you can go straight after you've collected your visa and passport from the Embassy:
What to bring with you
There is no limit to how much money they will exchange, so bring enough Thai bahts you think will cover you for your stay in Myanmar.
You will also need to bring your passport.
The hard part is trying to budget how much you need. We were deliberately overly generous with our forecasting to be on the safe side as left over dollars is hardly useless when travelling.
Myanmar is generally incredibly cheap, but accommodation is quite expensive. We averaged just over £23 per person per day (for everything) making it our cheapest country on our travels to date.
Watch our video Thailand travel video and enjoy our underwater adventures as we island hopped through this beautiful country:
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