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1. Posted by lovebug21 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Hi all!

Im heading to Asia next tuesday for 6 weeks ( 1 wk in Vietnam, 1wk Cambodia and remainder in Thailand & Islands) but i've no clue about how to carry money and I'm too late now to order bhat and travellers checks. Everyone seems to be giving me conflicting advice so thought i'd ask you guys....

I'm planning on bringing about €1800. Don't know wether to get dollars or to just bring €? I was thinking about putting a good chunk of it (€1000?) into my Visa but I'm really wary of using it over there. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks a mil,


2. Posted by Skatty (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

Can you not put most of it in a bank account and withdraw it from the ATM's in Thailand?

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 10y

they all use US dollars but you need a little bit of local currency in particular when you are in thailand.

id change or get all my money from bangkok airport.

in relation to carrying it...i would take a small chunk in cash! and dump the rest on the card!

just think if you lost your wallet! at least if you lose your card you can get a card with replacement within 24 hours etc.

dont worry about the visa problem! its a hit and miss and its no worse than were we live here in happens!

just be vigilant and be in view of your card at all times.

at the same time, only use the card to pay for expensive things...or you can easily just run up to an atm machine every couple of weeks...but dont carry such a huge lump some around with you.

i do hear of people getting mugged too in thailand!

goodluck and enjoy!

4. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

Quoting Skatty

Can you not put most of it in a bank account and withdraw it from the ATM's in Thailand?

That's what I did and what I'd do in future - there are plenty of ATM's around and if you can get an account that doesn't charge you for foreign withdrawals you're laughing. Better exchange rate that a bureau de change in most cases too.

5. Posted by Skatty (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

You could get a Nationwide Flex Account, they don't charge anything for overseas cash withdrawals.