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where to use US dollars?

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1. Posted by ainsworth1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y


i'm off to india, vietnam, laos and cambodia in a few weeks, just wondering in which of these countries the dollar still rules?

i went to cambodia a couple of years ago and the dollar was all i used, is it the same for the other countries?


2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Cambodia is like you remember it. USD for most larger purchases, local riel for moto drivers, beggars and street food. VietNam & Laos also use the USD extensively. I always have both; local currency for small items and USD for rooms, tours, shopping, etc.

I am not sure about India, but I think you will use the Indian rupee, not the USD. Have a great trip.

3. Posted by ainsworth1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

thanks for that, its pretty as i was thinking, just wanted to check before ordering the currency


4. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 10y

Hi ainsworth, indian rupees only in India, except in the extreme south where they will always take USDs, have a great time stokesy

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

Hmmm, Vietnam I just used Dong as there are so many ATMs there which do not issue dollars. My dollars mostly came in handy in Cambodia where most things I paid for in Dollar (except anything under a dollar...) and Laos - mainly because I had to change traveller cheques as there is only one ATM. However, Laos also accept Baht (aswell as their currency, Kip) which is handy if you have some left over or you need to change money just before heading to Thailand.

6. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

PS from what I can remember India doesn't accept USD at all...

Have fun

7. Posted by ainsworth1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

great, so looks like just Cambodia and laos.

grreat thanks for your help.
7 weeks on tuesday!