3 Days in Mandalay

3 Days in Mandalay

We are here in Mandalay now. It’s early in the morning and I’m afraid I just woke Kathie up by dropping my mouse on the teak floor here. It’s almost time to get up, though. We’ll have a somewhat early breakfast and then meet our driver at 8 am...
Here in Bangkok Again

Here in Bangkok Again

We arrived in Bangkok late last night after what seemed like even longer flights than usual, even though they were the same. We’re both unhappy that United still hasn’t retrofitted all of their 777s business class with the full lay down seats and that...

Burma – Currency Update

More info on the new currency exchanges in Burma: There is now a bank-run currency exchange at the airport in Yangon. Reports have varied a bit, but it appears that the exchange rate used is close to the old “black market” rate. In the city, the bank-run exchanges...

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...