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  • bakmeister

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    hi, will it be easy to change aussie dollar to kip in laos? thanks in advance.

    #1 Posted: 18/12/2007 - 22:17

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  • somtam2000

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    In major centres, yes no problem. If you're out in the boonies then I'd suggest a few notes in USD (or a couple of kilos of kip) just as a safety precaution.

    #2 Posted: 19/12/2007 - 12:25

  • bakmeister

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    thanks for the reply. have changed into USD just to be safe.

    #3 Posted: 19/12/2007 - 20:44

  • goo_stewart

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    In the smaller towns you can change money at the banks, Aus$ will be one of those currencies. I have changed UK Pounds in Pakse before now. As above, I don't recommend relying on this, take some US$/Kip as advised already.

    #4 Posted: 23/12/2007 - 18:56

  • sirhalberd

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    On the border areas near Thailand you can sometimes use some Thai baht.

    #5 Posted: 30/12/2007 - 11:54

  • Rufus

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    I regularly change aud throughout Laos and have never had a problem. Baht is universally accepted, not just "On the border areas near Thailand." usd is of course accepted universally as well.

    #6 Posted: 3/1/2008 - 13:28

  • exacto

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    although i've easily used thai baht in luang prabang and vientiane, i've had people refuse baht on several occasions in places like phonsavan. so i'd have to say that baht is generally rather than universally accepted. also, in my experience, the farther you get from the thai border, the rate you'll get for your baht, particularly for small purchases, seems to drop dramatically. (that seemed to be true in cambodia as well). hope that helps. cheers.

    #7 Posted: 3/1/2008 - 21:27

  • Aishas

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    hey!

    and what about Euros? do banks change Euro into kip? I'd rather prefere use my Euros instead of changing them into usd and then kip.....just to save commission...

    thank you, cheers
    rita

    #8 Posted: 11/1/2008 - 16:12

  • JoHe59

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    No problem there, banks change euro as well. The euro is a strong(er) currency nowadays, therefore very welcome. I never changed baht into kip, but in the touristic places they'll accept them as well.

    #9 Posted: 11/1/2008 - 19:19

  • Aishas

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    thank you!! that's a great news! unfortunately travel guides usually talk about $, but don't consider €.....I don't know why....

    by the way, I'll have my Euros!!!!

    cheers, rita

    #10 Posted: 14/1/2008 - 17:43

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  • Rufus

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    " so i'd have to say that baht is generally rather than universally accepted."

    Most amusing as I chaneg Baht on a regular basis throughout Laos with no difficulties at all. Did you tendr a 1000Baht not at a small shop by any chance?

    #11 Posted: 16/1/2008 - 11:31

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