The exchange rate hovers around 980 Kyats to the dollar.
ollowing the lifting of Western sanctions, Burma - also known as Myanmar - has become a magnet for tourists.
It has some wondrous sights: a thousand temples scattered across the countryside in Bagan; the leg-rowers and floating gardens of Inle Lake, and majestic rivers - the Ayeyarwady and the Chindwin - navigable into the furthest reaches of the country.
isas: citizens of 67 countries can now obtain tourist e-Visas for entry by air through Yangon using an online application form: visit
The fee is $50 and you must allow five working days for processing.
The difference is that the Burmese people are hopeful that the changes they have witnessed over the past four years cannot be reversed: the release of opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; access to the worldwide web, including sites critical of the government; and the arrival of planeloads of Western tourists with dollars to enrich their communities.