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are US dollars useful in asia?

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1. Posted by luciano (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Hi, somebody told me that US dollars are very useful to spend in certain parts of asia, especially when trading in markets etc.
Does anyone know if this is true? If it is would it be worth taking a couple of hundred bucks with me? ... the exchange rate is pretty good against the euro.

Thanks a million.

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Cambodia US dollars for sure. In Vietnam US dollars are ok too. Thailand use baht.

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

buing in local currency will be always be cheaper - sellers do take advantage of tourists and overcharge or won't give you proper change.

on top of it - you will have to pay commission to change euros into dollars

4. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

In Middle-East especially Dubai

5. Posted by snuppa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

what about in China??

6. Posted by luciano (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

cheers for the advice.
is this the same in india and nepal?
i will be spending a couple of weeks in each before i head to SE asia.
i'm thinking now it might not be worth carrying dollars for the sake of saving a few quid especially if i can't use them in india or nepal?
p.s i dont have to pay any comission because i'm a student...well i was, but i can get someone else to pick it up(thats the way it works in ireland anyway!)

7. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

In China is advisably to use their own currency - RenMingBi; in India and Nepal u may use our search tool to look for our helpers; Travel100, one of our members (whom I heard) has been there before...try if he can assist you.

Good luck.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I would always use local currency - like mentioned above it is less likely to get ripped off.

9. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

In Bangladesh, it is better to use local currency. Because the exchange rate of local currency against US Dollars is very good.