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Safest and best way to take money...
11th November, 2012
Me and my partner are travelling south east asia in September for three months, we are unsure what the safest and best way is to take our money. Could anyone give us some tips? We are travelling to Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. Thank you
#1 Posted: 7/3/2013 - 08:30
17th April, 2007
I use the ATM's and would never even consider another way - no problems, extremely safe
#2 Posted: 7/3/2013 - 11:17
I bring a combo of cash - (change on arrival) TC's, Credit cards and Debit cards, Some islands don't have ATM's so keep that in mind.
Most people will tell you ATM's all the way but I only use them once a month to cut down on bank fees, which can add up, I also lock my stuff in my bag. I do have a money belt, but rarely use it. It depends how paranoid you are and the type of places you are staying in. Your cards could get stolen or if there's a power outage for 4 days, like recently in Siem Reap - you'd still be in a bit of a pickle.
#3 Posted: 7/3/2013 - 17:46
I use ATM's most of the time too, particularly since they are pretty much almost everywhere now. Just make sure you've got a 4-digit pin for use in Asia. But there are still a few isolated places that don't have ATMs, or sometimes the power is out or the ATM network is down, or your ATM card gets lost or stolen or ruined, or sometimes you just need a little bit more local currency before you cross a border, so I also carry a small amount of traveller's checks or sometimes even just a bit of US cash as an emergency back up.
#4 Posted: 8/3/2013 - 21:52
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