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... Very perplexing but I was warned ahead of time.
Bring fresh, crisp new US$ bills 2006 and younger is preferred.
Bigger the bill the less you pay in fees exchanging money.
I know I don't understand that either .. but anyway....
When I asked for a receipt at the money exchange at the airport they had none.
ATM are not easy to find, and don't always work.
Forget using a credit card in most places.
The wads of bundles of cash ...
... gets snow in the winter. We arrive at the Golden Cave Hotel late in the afternoon and later walk up the road to a very nice restaurant overlooking the lake. We are staying in our vans tonight and as it is cooler we need blankets and it is very pleasant.
We're back with pictures today. Lots of traffic and transport ones.
... I blame the cabbage and tofu salad). It seems that I had food poisoning on top of the virus Dom and I both caught in Bagan. Oh joy.
Finally somewhat better, we took a boat tour of the lake. Starting at 7:30, we boarded a long boat and were taken around the best spots of the lake. We were able to watch the fishermen working, which was rather interesting. We visited several great markets where they were selling produce, meat and artwork. The artwork in Myanmar is ...
... nearly all of the fishermen have motors on their small boats, making the leg-rowing a more rare phenomenon (it is still an important practice, but it just isn’t as widespread as it was 3 years ago). Add to these changes the current clearing and grading of a plot of land, which is planned to double or triple the number of hotel rooms on the lake, and you are saddened to see this wonderful environment in the midst of such ...
... mix our route up and take a boat back to the other side of the incredibly large lake. The man who we pay for the little boat to take us across describes it as a '5 minute boat ride' and only a '30 minute ride back to Nyaungshwe Town centre'. Lies, I tell you. All lies. Our 5 minute boat ride turns out to be 15-20 minutes, and our 30 minute bike ride takes about 3 times the estimated count. It was a beautiful ride though, leading us through calm countrysides and crops being ...