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11. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Ok first and foremost I suggest you set yourself up with a current account and internet account with Nationwide... they do not charge you for using your card in any ATM...

secondly be warned that the ATM machines in Vietnam charge you 20,000 dong ($1) per transaction so maybe take a bit more out than you need so you use the atms less, also the machines in Laos charge you $2 a time, this is not a Nationwide charge but a foreign bank one...

thirdly, thailand is a lot more expensive than cambodia, vietnam and laos because there is more to do and see and also because it is a lot more developed than the others...

Laos is the cheapest place i'd say because there is so little to actually do... unless you spend a lot of money on kayaking, trekking etc... transport is the dearest thing about Laos is what i found...

in all 4 places you can find very cheap rooms from as little as 2pound a night but this means a box room with a fan, if your wanting a room with air con expect to spend about 6-10pound a night... for me air con is a must in bangkok... in laos i didnt need it but i have only just left there and it is the start of the rainy season so it is cooler...

the amount you spend all depends on where you stay and how you travel about, in my first 6 months travelling i have spent about 5000pound which rather a lot but then again i havent been really using the cheap fan rooms either... from the start of last month i have been writing down everything i have been spending on a daily basis which i would recommend because then you know where your money has actually gone! i have started to cut down on buying daft things which you think you need but dont really...

i'd say around 600 a month is about right, it gives u the opportunity to move about a bit and do some extra activities and also do some shopping if you like that kind of thing!! I do!

hope thats of some help
steph x

12. Posted by kat_crane (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

So, what's the concensus about having money on you while travelling? In Thailand I saw many an ATM, and I'm wondering if that's going to be the case in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos as well. I don't want to get stranded without money for a place to stay or anything of course, but I also don't want to constantly be worrying about having a ton of money that could possibly be lifted anytime. What would you guys suggest... Take the lump sum in traveller's checks, or get it out as you go?

13. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

American dollars are pretty much a universal currency so I suggest you take a wad of them as backup. They can be stashed anywhere in your backpack, etc. Take a debit card for the more developed countries and take some travellers cheques as a final contingency plan (you can always sell them back for the same price you bought them anyway).

14. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

Quoting kat_crane

So, what's the concensus about having money on you while travelling? In Thailand I saw many an ATM, and I'm wondering if that's going to be the case in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos as well. I don't want to get stranded without money for a place to stay or anything of course, but I also don't want to constantly be worrying about having a ton of money that could possibly be lifted anytime. What would you guys suggest... Take the lump sum in traveller's checks, or get it out as you go?

i am takin a lump sum of travellers cheques..about £1000 ($1,800)... then wen i get back into thailand.. if ive spent all my travellers cheques.. i can then use my debit card... but takin about £200 cash with me too.. dividing it up into about 3/4 different places about my person, money belt and rucksacks! ;o)

Also i feel u cant rely solely on ur debit card.. cos if ya loose it ur flippin up the ol' creek without a boat, paddle or arms.. :)

i think a lump sum of travallers cheques will be a bit beasty to start off with but obviously as u go on.. they'll start to deplete!... ive only come up with this solution from wot ive read in these forums!! :)

I hope im doing the right thing.. goin in 3 weeks.. eek!!

[ Edit: Edited at May 31, 2006 7:13 AM by Andyroo ]

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