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  • 5acrefarmer

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    Here in Australia our dollar is very strong and it is a good time to buy US dollars. I'll be up in the big city soon and want to do so.

    I am wondering how much would you take per month in the countries covered by TF?

    I'll get US$1000 minimum. How would you break that down? X amount of $100, $20, $10 notes
    and some $1 notes for when you first arrive.

    And nice clean unmarked post 2003 notes I think?

    #1 Posted: 21/9/2010 - 17:19

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  • siddy

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    16th October, 2010
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    I would get mainly 100's and 50's, but also a lot of $1. use the $1 for spending and 100's and 50's for exchanging or paying for accomo (ega weeks accomo = 100).

    But im not sure if USD is as popular as it once was. Its doing quite badly agains asia, and Australia. You might be better off bring AUD's and buying the national currency in house. (eg Baht, Dong).

    When converting currency and getting change in another country, dont accept anything but near-new notes. Crinkled or slightly torn notes and coins are useless, except for spending in the country they came from.

    #2 Posted: 22/10/2010 - 06:32

  • 5acrefarmer

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    Thanks Siddy. I ended up getting US$2000 mainly in $100 but some $20 and $10. All new and in great condition. Might get a pile of $1 later.

    #3 Posted: 31/10/2010 - 18:21

  • exacto

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    the pile of $1's will come in handy mostly in cambodia. otherwise, just like siddy says, you'll be best off with 100's or possibly 50's, because you get a better exchange rate for the larger bills than you do for the smaller bills. i always like to have a few 10's and 20's to pay for things like visa on arrival (in Laos, for example), or if i need to get just a little bit more of a local currency right before leaving a country.

    by the way, 5acre, your photo looks very very serious. cheers.

    #4 Posted: 1/11/2010 - 06:42

  • 5acrefarmer

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    My photos often gets a reaction! I ain't that serious fortunately. Photo taken near Arizona/Mexico border back in 1996. It'll stay my face on the net!

    I just need some $1 notes and I'll be set.

    #5 Posted: 1/11/2010 - 08:06

  • geekgirlk8te

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    Hi all, I am heading off to Thailand soon and looking to take some THB. According to bestexchangerates.net/AUD/THB the best rate I can get here in Australia is around 29.59 (14 Nov 11).

    Can anyone in Thailand tell me if I am better off bringing AUD cash with me and exchanging up there?

    The other option is just to use my credit card I guess?
    thx
    k8te

    #6 Posted: 14/11/2011 - 01:54

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