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  • elena9

    Joined Travelfish
    10th January, 2008
    Posts: 6

    Hi everyone,

    I'm just trying to work out how much cash we should carry into Laos and how much we should take in Travellers Cheques.

    We will be in Laos for ~ 20 days and want to make sure we have enough. 3 days will be spent on the Gibbon Experience so I guess we won't need money then.

    We are thinking $1000-1500 (Australian) ie US$880-1300 will be plenty? Is it best to take the majority in cash (maybe in the ratio 2:2:1 $US:Baht:Kip) and hope that we're not robbed, or are travellers cheques easy to exchange for cash without excessive commission fees?

    Any feedback appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 27/1/2008 - 19:45

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  • somsai

    Joined Travelfish
    1st March, 2006
    Location United States
    Posts: 564

    The worst robbery I've ever heard of in Laos is bag snatch, so if you keep your money/passport under your cloths in one of those small bags losing stuff shouldn't be a problem. Never ever in a backpack or hotel room.

    Cashing T-checks never seems to be a problem, it's the buying them that hurts me. ;-)

    Your budget sounds fine, depending on your style of traveling. Remember foreign currencies are for changing, kip is for spending, or you will pay a lot more.

    #2 Posted: 27/1/2008 - 20:27

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