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1. Posted by HATTY95 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Hi

Is it quite easy to chnage travellers cheques in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand? I can imagine there will be no problem changing them in Thailand but im not sure about Cambodia & Vietnam. Can anyone advise?

Thanks!

2. Posted by chinaboy (Inactive 11 posts) 10y

I have to admit that I didnt take travellers cheques to Cambodia or Vietnam, I'd rather take the risk with cash. But my mate did. Banks are few and far between in both countries so make sure when you do cash cheques you have enough to get you to the next large town.

You'll probably find that large hotels are the most convenient place to change them.

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Its easy to change travellers cheques in most places there. Its worth shopping around a bit for a good rate. But Like Chinaboy said, If you went to somewhere off the tourist trail then you'd need to make sure you had enough cash.

There are ATMs in the larger busier places in Vietnam, but you won't find any in Laos or Cambodia. I always recommend trav cheqs over cash. Don't like to carry too much around. Also my cash card F**d up in Bangkok two days before I flew to Delhi and boy was I glad to have a back up!!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 10y

Quoting HATTY95

Hi

Is it quite easy to chnage travellers cheques in Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand? I can imagine there will be no problem changing them in Thailand but im not sure about Cambodia & Vietnam. Can anyone advise?

Thanks!

Definitely no problem with Travellers Checks in Thailand! Rates change every day but usually there are very small differences between banks. No sudden huge increase/decrease in rate changes either, all rates posted on a sign at the bank where you can read them.

There is a 33 baht fee to cash each check. When you get your Travellers Checks don't bother with small amounts - go for the large denominations. Any excess Thai baht can be changed back into your home currency at the airport before you leave. Some credit unions back home sell Travellers Checks to their members without any extra charges or fees too.

U.S. dollars are also accepted in Cambodia in many places. Some purchases are even quoted in U.S. dollars too! I would make Thailand my first stop and when it is time to go to Cambodia or Vietnam take cash primarily. If I remember right, there is supposed to be ATM machines at the airport in Saigon also.

Stay in hotels where they have security boxes to safeguard your money. (I write down the serial numbers of my Travellers Checks and $100 bills and save that info on the internet where I can get to it if I need to. Simply record that info in an e-mail to yourself and save the e-mail in a folder.)