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Another cash question

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 21/9/2010 at 17:19

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 5acrefarmer has been a member since 10/6/2009. Location: Australia. Posts: 61

Posted by siddy on 22/10/2010 at 06:32

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 siddy has been a member since 16/10/2010. Posts: 21

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 31/10/2010 at 18:21

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 5acrefarmer has been a member since 10/6/2009. Location: Australia. Posts: 61

Posted by exacto on 1/11/2010 at 06:42

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 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,657
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Posted by 5acrefarmer on 1/11/2010 at 08:06

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 5acrefarmer has been a member since 10/6/2009. Location: Australia. Posts: 61

Posted by geekgirlk8te on 14/11/2011 at 01:54

Hi all, I am heading off to Thailand soon and looking to take some THB. According to 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?

#6 geekgirlk8te has been a member since 13/11/2011. Posts: 2

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