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Exchanging Pounds and Buying Sandals

Posted by christay2009 on 30/6/2011 at 18:57

I will be in Malaysia soon enough and was wondering if you can exchange British pounds there easily enough? I would prefer to take pounds rather than change into Dollars first, then Ringgit. I seem to recall seeing exchange rates for pounds at all the places in KL but not sure on the rates.

Also, I want to buy some TEVA sandals but I'm having trouble getting the ones I want in my size in the UK. I have small feet (UK7) and it seems all the shops sell out of these really quickly or just don't bother getting stock in. I could buy them online but you never know, I might even be a 6 (I really hope I am not). I guess they would be about the same price in Malaysia (?) which Is fine, it is more about size than price...

Could I pick a pair up in KL? If so, any suggestions as to where I go?

Thanks again!

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Posted by SBE on 1/7/2011 at 02:33

Can't help with the sandals but there are loads of shops there so it shouldn't be much of a problem. Very big feet are usually more difficult to find shoes for than dainty small feet in Asia. ;-)

Sterling is still considered a major world currency (for some reason) and you always lose money when you change it, so no point at all in changing pounds into dollars first.

Money changers (as opposed to banks) have the best rates in Malaysia usually in my experience (which isn't all that vast). Check out several as their rates vary. Changing English pounds should be no problem. Scottish pounds ARE a problem though... I tried to change some in BKK once and had a great deal of trouble doing it. Banks seemed to consider them in the same way as they consider kyat or kip or dong...or monopoly money.

Managed to get them changed in the end (at a money changer) but got a much lower rate than for English pounds even though they have the same face value as English pounds in the UK.

Also, although 100 pound notes are regarded with great suspicion in the UK, you do get a better rate for them than 50s or 20s abroad.

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Posted by goonistik on 1/7/2011 at 08:10

Yes. There are stores that stock Teva in KL.


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Posted by childly1979 on 1/7/2011 at 09:21

While in Malaysia, try to get exchange for Ringgit at those in Bukit Bintang area, especially at the front of Sungei Wang Plaza, and don't forget to compare the rate with Maybank and the other one next to the front entrance door of Sungei Wang Plaza. Those have the best rate in Kuala Lumpur.

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Posted by christay2009 on 1/7/2011 at 15:25

Thanks All,

Looks like I'll be bringing a wad of fifties with me then!

SBE... there is surely no 100 pound note in England!?? If there is, I have never heard of or seen one! I worked in a bank for a bit too :)

As far as sandals go, I will probably try to get them in KL if I can't find them here first. I guess TEVA is not the only brand out there.

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Posted by SBE on 1/7/2011 at 15:49

LOL you're right Christay. Sorry I meant 20s and 50s! I'm a Brit but live in the Euro zone where we have 100 euro notes (and 500 euro notes too, not that I've ever seen one of those).

To me 50 quid is not a huge note but none of the shops in the UK seemed very keen on accepting them when I was there last year. Everyone used 20 pound notes and a large stash of those would be quite bulky to carry around. Money changers (unlike UK shops) actually prefer 50s.

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Posted by zetty155 on 13/12/2013 at 12:25

SBE hi there can i know where n which money changer that u able to change in malaysia because i got few notes of scottish pound and i still not able to change it yet,,thanz

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