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Where to get Pristine dollars in Bangkok

  • Donman1990

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    Has anyone had any experience I getting Pristine US dollars in Bangkok? If so where did you get them? Did you exchange Thai baht or can you use a card to make withdrawals? I'll be in Bangkok for Songkran , I'm hoping to fly out on the 20th to Yangoon so I'll need to get cash around the 18th or 19th!

    #1 Posted: 28/3/2013 - 06:47

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  • daawgon

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    Hell, it's hard enough to get pristine bills in the USA! Maybe if you go to a large international bank such as HSBC or Citibank - they normally have branches in the major SEA cities. I would think your chances of pristine would be a great deal better if you deal in C bills ($100. notes).

    #2 Posted: 29/3/2013 - 13:24

  • Geer1

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    You should be able to get them from banks and can do so by exchanging baht or withdrawing using a debit or credit card. If a bill isn't in good enough condition ask for a different one, they deal with a lot more US money then some might expect(most travellers bring US and then exchange it on arrival).

    #3 Posted: 29/3/2013 - 14:44

  • KirstyB

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    @Donman1990 ... cutting through the spam here to answer your question! ... for pristine dollars in Bangkok check out branches of Superrich http://www.superrich1965.com/index.php
    In my experience regular banks in Thailand are not willing/able to exchange baht for dollars unless you have a bank account with them. Superrich have a branch on Khao San Road but they don't always have pristine dollars; I have also had luck with other money changers in that area but it really depends on what they have at the time. Your most reliable bet is at their main branches behind Central World / Big C near Siam and Chid Lom BTS's. They are closed on Sundays which doesn't look like it'll affect your plans but I would check if they are closed over Songkran. When I use them I take baht from the ATM and exchange that although it does say they except credit cards (at a cost of course!). Another option which is not so helfpul now Air Asia have switched to Don Muang airport but if you're flying out of Suvarnabhumi airport there's an ATM airside which dispenses (perfect) US dollars from an international card.

    #4 Posted: 30/3/2013 - 12:02

  • kraghavan

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    Not sure about DM airport as AirAsia was still operating out of Suvarnabhumi when I last went to Myanmar, but the travel exchanges in Suvarnabhumi are used to people going to Myanmar and seem to keep a pretty large reserve of new bills on hand just for this purpose. I was traveling with a friend and we collectively changed around $2000 in Thai baht and got all brand new bills when we said we were going to Myanmar, and most people I knew who flew to Myanmar out of Bangkok had no problems changing money at the airport. It was actually much harder finding a bank with adequate reserves of new US bills in the city for those who tried.

    In theory, it is also now possible (as of December 2012) to use Visa and MasterCard cards to withdraw from certain ATMs in the country, though you should probably not depend completely on doing so since the technology is fairly new and I think they're ironing out a lot of the kinks.

    #5 Posted: 30/3/2013 - 17:36

  • Donman1990

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    Is it possible to go to suvarnabhumi and use the travel agents without actually flying from there? As like KirstyB said Air asia no longer fly from there. Ornate the exchanges past the public area and customs etc. ?

    #6 Posted: 31/3/2013 - 08:48

  • mareeS

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    Try airport ATMs. Every airport in Asia seems to spit out clean $US in 50s. Otherwise, if you're going to Burma, use your Visa or Mcard at the airport and withdraw kyat. It's not a problem now. You can also exchange Euros and Singapore dollars quite easily in Burma at the airport currency exchange and at many hotels, and it is now becoming easier to use Mastercard and Visa. Speaking as of February 2013.

    #7 Posted: 1/4/2013 - 02:36

  • TheLeapingL-
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    Changed THB to US$ at the airport before flying to Yangon. As soon as we mentioned where we were headed, the lady fetched brand-new bills. Changed about $1500 and no issues at all.

    #8 Posted: 28/4/2013 - 22:17

  • lorevanlomm-
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    For the ones still searching: we found the right dollars today in a branch of Bangkok bank, located at the MRT station Hua Lamphong, next to the train station. They get the question often, they instantly knew what we ment and we got the dollars using a creditcard, but you could also exchange Baht. Good luck!

    #9 Posted: 2/12/2013 - 10:06

  • Donman1990

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    Just an update on this from my own personal experience.


    I was simply able to walk into Siam Commercial bank and exchange my Thai baht for pristine US dollars. The teller knew exactly what I wanted, and there was no issue at all with the 40 000 baht that I ended up exchanging. From memory, you can directly withdraw money from the bank as well if you have the correct card, mine wasn't able to do this though so i ended up doing multiple ATM withdrawals outside the bank.. Whilst I only tried the one bank, I'd be fairly confident in saying that most major banks in Bangkok will be able to do this.

    On a side note, whilst you still need Pristine dollars for a number of things...Most accomdation will still request Us dollars, and any kind of government fee will still be Pristine Us dollars. There is no the ability to withdraw Kyat from a number of places across the country. I mistakenly took out quite a large amount of Kyat at the start of my trip there and hardly touched my US dollars...whoops!

    I'm not sure what the exchange rate is with the ATM's in regards to if you'd get a better deal from street vendors, but it's a lot less hassle.

    #10 Posted: 15/12/2013 - 18:58

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