Banking – Burmese style

Tip 1:

Don’t plan your banking for the end of the month.

Tip 2:

Grab a plastic bag.

As just about everything here is transacted in cash this is an extremely busy time due to paying wages, rents etc.

We saw trolleys piled up with uncovered bundles of cash nonchalantly being wheeled in and out of the bank… with not much obvious security. (I’m sure it is there!)

It was all quite entertaining and also reassuring that they felt safe to transport cash this way.

Can’t imagine doing this in Australia.

The downside was it took a few hours to open our new accounts… but all done now and we have our new ‘chequebooks’. Hope I remember how to fill one out… thank goodness there are ATMs everywhere.

Categories Myanmar

6 thoughts on “Banking – Burmese style

  1. Mary Givney-Clark November 29, 2018 — 10:53 am

    Surprised you can get plastic bags! Becoming more a rarity in Sydney

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No many plastic bags here either.


  2. Wow. Great you are getting in the swing of things. Hoping you don’t have too many bills to pay. Otherwise it’ll b like going to the gym. ;-)).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Great analogy!


  3. It won’t belong before you are at the bank organising your own plastic bag full of money so that you can pay your rent here in Bagan.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I know! Paying rent 6 months in advance is a challenge!


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