in Myanmar is a lot better now with the acceptance of free-market kyat
as an exchange currency. It is also amusing but totally acceptable to
barter with merchants who would be more than happy to trade their wares
for some of your goodies such as designer watches, calculators, jeans,
T-shirts and so on.
In the larger
town areas, you can usually get good bargains at public market places
known as zei or zay, in Burmese. Another known as zeigyo (also spelt zei-gyo
or zay-cho) is the main central market. It is natural that other markets
will be named after the district or township where they are located.
who are interested in handicrafts, head on down to the Bogyoke Aung San
Market in Yangon or the Zeigyo Market in Mandalay. The arrays of goods
for sale are huge and cheap. You can purchase just about anything you
want from these two markets. The goods sold at big hotel shops, large
air-conditioned shops or the outlets at the departure lounge at Yangon
airport are very pricey.