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  • I did exchange some hundred American dollars there and later regretted it because outside the baggage claim area, I could find a money changer that more than happy accepted Chinese yuan and also gave better rate on American dollars
  • Foods are as expensive as in other international airports
  • Later I noticed that there are a number of Farmer money changers in town
  • Although it is stated that foreigners must pay 4 dollars (around 5.400 kyat), but I paid only 4.000 kyat per seat
  • There is nothing to worry if you exchange more than you will need, because in the departure hall, they accept remaining Burmese kyat to be exchanged back to American dollars without asking you to show any document


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    I arrived in Mandalay International Airport last December from Bangkok. Unlike in Bangkok (Don Mueang) Airport where there are always long queues for immigration process, and took me more than half of an hour in my last two visits there, in Mandalay Airport the process is relatively quick. There were only four short lines when I arrived and took me around 20 minutes. There is no automatic gate in this airport. The airport is small but clean. It looks empty because only few passengers around.

    In baggage claim area, there are only a very limited number of shops and a couple of money changers. You do not need to shop around here, because the exchange rates are all the same everywhere. Small denominations are given smaller exchange rate when you sell American dollars, but the same rate applies for any denominations when you buy American dollars. They also accept English pounds (I am not sure about Scottish pounds), and Euros. Other monetary units are not displayed. I also brought some Chinese currency, which was left over from my trip to China a few months ago; as expected they did not accept it to be exchanged. I did exchange some hundred American dollars there and later regretted it because outside the baggage claim area, I could find a money changer that more than happy accepted Chinese yuan and also gave better rate on American dollars.

    Foods are as expensive as in other international airports. But outside, there is no single restaurant because this airport seems to be built in a rural area. It is located some 50 km from downtown area of Mandalay. There is no train or subway to the city. If nobody picks you up, you still have two alternatives to go to the city, by taxi or by shared minivan. A taxi costs you 12.000 kyat (or 12 dollars), a shared minivan costs you 4.000 kyat per seat. If you are in a group of three persons, a taxi may be more comfortable. A minivan starts moving only when there are at least five persons on board. The journey to the city is about an hour depending on the location of your hotel.

  • Mandalay International Airport
  • Mandalay International Airport as viewed from my flight.

  • Mandalay International Airport
  • In the airport and in some other limited places, you can see bilingual signposts.

  • Mandalay International Airport
  • The airport is small but clean, There are only very few shops. Foods are expensive.

  • Mandalay International Airport
  • Perhaps this is the most important picture. Unlike in other many changer with almost no customers, Farmer has always a long queue. Later I noticed that there are a number of Farmer money changers in town.

  • Mandalay International Airport
  • Shared minivan stand. Although it is stated that foreigners must pay 4 dollars (around 5.400 kyat), but I paid only 4.000 kyat per seat.

    If you come to Mandalay by air, make sure that you bring sufficient amount of money to be exchanged to Burmese kyat. There is nothing to worry if you exchange more than you will need, because in the departure hall, they accept remaining Burmese kyat to be exchanged back to American dollars without asking you to show any document. If you leave Mandalay by air, make sure that you do not bring any handicraft or art object those are not certified, or otherwise they will refuse you to take them out from the airport.



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