Changes in Money Matters in Burma

There are changes afoot in Burma as regards changing money. There has long been “official” rate of exchange fixed between 6 and 8 kyat to the dollar and the black market rate, which floats, and is currently over 800 kyat to the dollar. It has not been...

Burma Visas Have Arrived

We received our visas today. It took two and a half weeks this year to get our visas back from Washington, DC. When we went in 2009, it took a week to get our visas back.

 Burma is expecting the largest number of visitors ever this year. So expect your visa to take...

Antimalarial Update

A generic version of Malarone became available last week. My pharmacist says it can be somewhat difficult to get right now. 

I filled my prescription for Malarone on Monday and paid the name brand drug copay, $40, Cheryl filled her the next day and paid the generic...

Malaria in Burma/Myanmar

Most of Myanmar is a malarial risk area. All areas other than the cities of Yangon and Mandalay and areas over 1000 meters in altitude are considered malarial risk. Burma has more deaths from malaria than any other Asian country. That’s a pretty shocking statistic for...

More on buying flip flops for travel

There is a previous post here by Cheryl on buying some new flip flops for travel. Both of us ordered a couple of pairs that looked good on the web, but… even though I ordered a brand I’ve had good luck with, I found that they make two widths of footbed, one that fits...