Pre-paying for burma hotel and guide

Oct 21st, 2005, 03:20 PM
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Pre-paying for burma hotel and guide

Last time I did this I paid a US agent who paid the local burmese tour operator. This time I'm doing it direct and they need a bank transfer. Has anyone done this? How do I do it? Do I have to go to my bank or what?

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Oct 21st, 2005, 04:50 PM
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The operator should provide you with all the required routing information. Take that to your local bank and they can easily send out a wire directly from your account.

All commercial banks do wires and I think savings banks and credit unions may.
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Oct 21st, 2005, 06:00 PM
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I know I sound like an idiot, but do you need to bring a certified check or a regular check or cash or what? I have all the routing information etc.
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Oct 21st, 2005, 06:48 PM
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We did not prepay in Mar/Apr 04. It is not necessary. If they don't trust you then why do business with them. Besides it is an expensive procedure from most countries.
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Oct 21st, 2005, 07:02 PM
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We ran into problems last winter with wire transfers, USA to Myanmar. Because of the embargo, US Banks are not permitted to transfer money to Myanmar. Some M agents have set ups to send payments to Singapore, Switzerland, etc. We ended up prepaying for 3 of 4 hotels on line. We booked 1 hotel, internal airfare, & a few other things, about $800 with an agent and payed when we arrived in Myanmar. Perhaps this has changed, check with your bank.
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Oct 21st, 2005, 07:55 PM
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Gloria, last I heard you cannot get a wire transfer from a US bank to anywhere in Burma. Communicate with your Burmese agent - some of them can route credit card payments through Singapore.
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Oct 21st, 2005, 10:07 PM
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Gloria, I booked directly with an agent (Santa Maria) for my trip last December. I paid for everything once I arrived in Yangon and they never asked for payment up front.

I remember when I was researching travel agents in Myanmar, I did check out Gracious Myanmar, which I think is the agent you have been using. I remember they asked (demanded) payment up front and I was really turned off by that. None of the other local agents did.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 02:35 AM
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actually you're right--it;s a wire transfer to Singapore--not Burma. Personally I'd rather pay up front. i don't want to have to bring even more cash since I know they can't take credit cards or personal checks. I just need to figure out how to do it.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 02:55 AM
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I should add -- no one has asked me for money yet. I just read it in the terms and conditions online. But if it doesn't cost a fortune I really would prefer to pre-pay. Burma is not our first stop and I hate having a lot of cash.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 05:12 AM
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Gloria, I too booked with GMT in Yangon. Once I had my trip set, they sent me an invoice and all of the wire instructions were on the second page. I sent mine to Thailand. Mine went through without a hitch. I'm sending my second half before I go even though they are not requesting it. Like you, I prefer to prepay as much as possible so I don't have to hassle with it upon arrival.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 05:21 AM
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Gloria, one of the hotels in Burma that we stayed in required a wire transfer and it turned out to be problematic. I requested that I be able to pay once in Burma and they allowed it. Ask tour operator if you can do this, they may say yes.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 05:26 AM
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Nan-- you're right. I now remember they sent something when they sent the confirmation. They didn't ask for a deposit since I was an old customer and they haven't said anything about payment but I do want to do it in advance. So what did you do? Just go to your bank and see a customer service person who handled it?

By the way, I got an email from Nyi Nyi the other day and he now has a website. http://www.myanmartourguide.net/
You might be interested in seeing it. Looks like he will have his own agency soon. You will love him -- I am sure of that.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 05:27 AM
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Laurie-- I suspect they will let me pay when I get there but I don't want to. But I misspoke when I said the wire transfer has to go to Burma-- it actually goes to thailand.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 06:20 AM
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Gloria -- I just went to the bank and told them I wanted to send an international wire. I gave them all of the details and it was done. They told me it could take up to a week for them to receive it, but it only took 2-3 days. When reading the instructions fromm GMT, they will tell you not to mention the name of the agency or their country.
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Oct 22nd, 2005, 07:08 PM
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gloria--you will find the wire transfer to be quite expensive...i would ask if they could accept a credit card--not likely however...

the transfer to singapore is easy but costly....maybe they would do an advance on your credit card cheaper...you could e mail the bank and ask them....

go to your bank in chicago and ask about the costs...

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Oct 22nd, 2005, 09:52 PM
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Nan or others-- what did it cost you to do the transfer? What do you mean by expensive? $100? $500? $50?
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Oct 23rd, 2005, 02:52 AM
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Gloria - my bank charged me $40 for the wire transfer. In my opinion, it was well worth it to be able to pre-pay!
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Oct 23rd, 2005, 05:32 AM
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Thanks, Nan. $40 is absolutely worth it. Especially since I'll split it with my friend.
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Oct 23rd, 2005, 07:33 AM
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if you have a good relationship and tons of $$ in the bank, your bank might do it for $25-75....
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