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Mandalay International Airport

The airport is situated 21 miles (35km) east of Mandalay, approximately an hour's drive from the city centre.

Information & Facts

Car Parking

The airport has 11 short-term parking spaces and six long-term parking spaces.

City Transfers

Taxis are available as well as hotel transfers.

Contacts

Tel: +95 2 87301, or 2 87401.

Departure Tax

US$10.

Facilities

Facilities include a post office, bank, Bureau de Change a restaurant and VIP Lounge. There are also plenty of duty free shops and a newsagent/tobacconist. In the arrivals hall travellers can find a travel agent and a tourist help desk. There is also a Limousine Service counter.

Language

Burmese is the official language, yet English is widely spoken and understood. Burmese's alphabet is made up of circular and semi-circular characters. Other languages spoken are Karen, Shan and Kachin.

Money

The official currency is the Kyat (MMK) pronounced 'Chat'. The best currency to travel on in Myanmar is the US Dollar. The Foreign Exchange Certificate (FEC) is a legal currency for visiting tourists that is usable in government shops and hotels. It is no longer a requirement to convert US$200 into FEC upon arrival in Myanmar. One FEC is equivalent to one US Dollar. It is recommended to use US Dollars. It is difficult to cash American Express travellers cheques in certain cities, such as Mandalay, and even when it is possible the commission can be as high as 10 percent. US Dollar notes will not be accepted if they are damaged or torn in any way, or have pen marks on them. There is a big difference between the official and unofficial exchange rates; street moneychangers offer favourable rates at hotels and Scott Market. As a rough guide, the black market rate is in the region of US$1 = MMK 1000 - a dramatic difference when compared to the official government rate. Very few major hotels, airlines, shops and restaurants accept credit cards and ATM cards can rarely, if ever, be used. It is advisable to carry cash. Banks are closed on weekends.

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