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Taking your British Pound round SEA

Posted by jareduk on 24/4/2009 at 14:14

Hello This is really a request for advice from fellow brits. When you have been traveling to SEA have you: - used USD or GBP to get around (my concern with USD is that i'd get raped on rate i.e. GBP to USD to V Dong - double exchange) - used travelers cheques again in USD or GBP or a mix? Will street money changers accept GBP? Now I understand that is is always wise to have some USD in your pocket as its pretty much a second currency out there, I just don't want to have to get ...

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2 people - US$3,500 - 3 months?

Posted by luchy1309 on 28/3/2009 at 19:12

My husband and I are going to be in Southeast Asia from the beginning of June till the end of August. We're planning on traveling around the most that we can (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam). Do you think with US$3,500 we can make it? Or is it not realistic to think we will be able to wander around all these countries? Thanks! ...

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best way to carry money?

Posted by JamesHamblin on 9/4/2009 at 21:14

im travelling through thailand, vietnam, laos and cambodia. what would be the best way to take my money? im out there for 34 days and have just over £500. is it possible for me? cheers ...

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Exchanging Chinese RMB. What's the best solution?

Posted by adro48itly on 5/1/2009 at 21:40

Does anyone know if it's easy to exchange Chinese RMB in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, i.e. such as at airports (Vientiene) and banks, at border crossings? Should I exchange Chinese money into more dollars and/or Laos Kip before leaving China? Can I use a Lloyds TSB debit card at most ATM machines? Replies would be appreciated ...

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(Another!) China + SE Asia budget (3 1/2 months)

Posted by jonnyrtw on 7/4/2009 at 20:06

Hi! I'm trying to work out a rough costing for the 1st leg of my RTW trip. Hopefully what I have put is ok, but I would appreciate some pointers and maybe a kick up the bum if you think I'm in dreamland! Cost per day covers accomodation + food + hopefuly some left over for activities (except China where I understand sights to be a little more expensive). Transport costs across the regions are additional! The guides I have given only include the major places I am visiting, but hopefully ...

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Opinions on money plans?

Posted by lucym3 on 2/4/2009 at 16:46

Hi all, After reading numerous things to decide how best to keep my money whilst travelling, I've come up with the following and just wanted people's opinions really... My friend and I are setting off in 2 weeks, travelling for 9 weeks in total from Singapore to Vietnam, and we're from the UK. I have a Nationwide debit card so plan on using that as my main source of money. Also thought approx. $150(£100) in cash. I've been looking at prepaid travel cards as an alternative to travellers' ...

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Best place to exchange currency in Bangkok

Posted by amigo on 26/3/2009 at 19:54

Hi, Where's the best place to buy Baht in Bangkok. Last time I was in Thailand about 4 years ago, the exchange booth at Don Muang Airport was commission free and seemed to have reasonable rate (especially compared to buying baht in NZ anyway!) What are the exchange booths in the new airport like? Are they a rip-off? Do they charge fees? Would I be better off finding a money changer in town, or perhaps going to a bank? Any recommendations? Thanks ...

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Cash Money /jewellery safe in Bangkok/ Airport ?

Posted by idolevy on 18/3/2009 at 05:48

Hi all Does anyone know where can I safely keep some Cash money for few days in Bangkok/Airport? I dont want to carry a lot of cash with me to the Islands and I am trying to avoid the huge charges of travel cheques/ visas. Thanks ...

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Currencies in Cambodia

Posted by natwest on 11/3/2008 at 18:53

I have some doubts on the Cambodia Money article. So is Cambodia basically operated on three currencies (USD, THB and KHR)?? with everything quoted in three currencies? What happen to transaction smaller than $1, cos $1 is still quite big for a small item, right? esp in this part of Asia. What happen to a transaction, such as $2.50? Can I use USD COINS in Cambodia? Do I need to change some Riel? Where can I use Riel? Would it be more beneficial (cheaper) to pay in Riel than USD? cos in m ...

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€9000 for 5 months travelling!

Posted by amandak9985 on 24/2/2009 at 23:46

hi guys,i have 9000 euro saved for 5 months travelling and wondering will this be enough?i leave on sunday,cant wait!im goin to the following countires: thailand 1 month, vietnam 1 month, oz 1 month, new zealand 2 weeks, fiji 2 weeks, hawaii 2 weeks and l.a. 2 weeks. any help would be appreciated :) ...

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Financial Crisis = Cheap travel?

Posted by tjs2602 on 29/12/2008 at 17:12

I'm from Australia, and I've been reading heaps about how Thailand and Vietnam have only been getting a fraction of the number of tourists they were hoping for. Does that mean that everything (accommodation/internal flights/food/attractions etc.) is going cheap to attract more tourists? I'm heading to Laos in mid-late Feb so I wanted to know how much money I could expect to spend/save due to the GFC. Cheers ...

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Quad band phones in SE Asia

Posted by yedich on 17/2/2009 at 02:31

Those of you using global phones-any trouble finding SIM cards in any or all of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Myanmar? ...

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5 month travel

Posted by benphotog on 11/2/2009 at 11:56

I've been travelling for about 3 monthes now from london to south africa to australia and new zealand and my money has been flying out the door, and this is me not flashpacking haha, now i'm in SEA and have 5 monthes to travel 2 of which will be in thailand. So i have 2 questions, 1) How much money do u think i will need on this trip? 2) The best way to get extend a thai visa by a month by the way i'm american so any advice would be great! Thanks! ...

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Ferry to Ko Lipe from Langkawi - where to get Baht from?

Posted by jyates on 8/1/2009 at 21:00

Hi, I'm going to be travelling from Singapore, to KL, Langkawi, then over the border by ferry to Ko Lipe. I've been told there's no cash machines on Ko Lipe and also you need Baht to give to the longtail drivers. Where should I get my Baht from? The UK, before I go? Singapore? KL? Or can I exchange RM in Langkawi for Baht? Many thanks, Josie ...

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£4500 budget for 6 months

Posted by mattaysmith on 4/12/2008 at 00:48

hi I am in the middle of planning my trip, at the moment I have already booked my flight kula Lumpa then connecting flight to Laos. Based on the itineries in this website I plan to visit Northern Laos for 3 weeks, cambodia for 3 weeks, vietnam for a month, Thailand for 5 weeks, borneo for 3 weeks then Indonesia for 5 weeks if possible. Would £4500 be enough for this (works out about $36 a day), I have more if necessary but would be reluctant to spend more. Also in Indonesia would I be okay ...

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4300$ for three months for a firsttime backpacker?

Posted by SimonD on 4/2/2009 at 19:16

Hey guys :) I'm leaving tomorrow for a three month trip to southeast Asia. The plan is to fly to Bangkok, stay in Thailand (mostly north) for around 30 days, then Laos for approx. 15 days, then Vietnam 30 days and then Cambodia 15 days. I'm flying home from Bangkok. I've never travelled for this long before, and I haven't travelled on my own before either, so it's been very hard for me to judge if I can make ends meet. Most everything is taken care of already. I have a plane ticket, ...

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USD or Thai Baht in Laos

Posted by brianennion on 29/1/2009 at 17:34

Hi All, Which is best to take to Laos.. USD or Thai baht.. I remember in Cambodia that the money changes gave a really bad rate for Baht over USD.. I was in Laos two years ago and forget if it was the same? Planning on using a mixture or Kip and USD/baht. Thanks for any advise. Brian ...

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Low-cost flights from the continental US to SE Asia

Posted by lobstermage on 10/12/2008 at 15:43

Does such a thing exist? I'm searching all over. I note you can fly from London to KL for very cheap on Air Asia, and that's even farther away than the west coast of the US. But, I haven't found anything under 1200 dollars round trip from the continental states to Southeast Asia. Where should I be looking? Is it even possible? ...

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$60 a day Cambodia & Vietnam

Posted by sampion on 3/12/2008 at 17:25

Will $60 be enough a day all inclusive including travel for Cambodia and Vietnam? ...

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US$ vs. local currency

Posted by daflj on 8/12/2008 at 15:49

Hi, another quick question for the assembled brains. I know that in Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam the US$ will be charged for many transactions. Do I need to take all the dollars I'll need while I'm there in cash? If I take dollar TCs will I be able to exchange them in banks/booths for dollars or only for local currency? Presumably ATMs will only dispense local currency? ...

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