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1. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i just got lamped with a whole load of $50 bills.

i am aware that things in vietnam cost very little. i am wondering do these guys in vietnam give me change back? or attempt to convert into their own currency (monopoly money), or try and sell me other services etc. etc.

i dont like the idea of paying in 50s all the time, what is the normal kind of $ note one is expected to see?

id probably prefer just to have all $1-5 bills maybe 10. but $50.

is it ok to travel with $50, they do give change back in dollars right?

im referring this question to me being in cambodia and vietnam

thanks

one more question...do they take american dollars in singapore? or do i have to switch to singapore dollars?

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 5:49 AM by oslaue ]

2. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

i just got lamped with a whole load of $50 bills.

one more question...do they take american dollars in singapore? or do i have to switch to singapore dollars?

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The last time I was in Vietnam I changed some dollars over to VN dong. You will need some dong or $1 bills to pay for cheap things. Some hotels do take U.S. dollars and give you change back - the change may be dollars or may be more dong. I had a chance to change my dong back to U.S. dollars at the airport (3 years ago.) What ever you do don't take any dong out of the country - hard to get rid of it!

Cambodia does take some dollars, but like VN some small bills will be necessary for cheap price purchases. I was able to change my Cambodian money back over to dollars before I left the country. Same as VN - don't take Cambodian money out of the country because it is hard to get rid of!

Singapore - change your money over to Singapore dollars and when you leave change the Singapore dollars back into whatever currency you want.

If I was a was a citizen of one of these countries and you gave me a 50 dollar bill I would probably say I don't have any change hoping you would stupidly say "keep the change!"

Frosty

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

thanks mate!

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

I just returned from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and traveled with about half my money in cash and half in travelers cheques- and my cash was almost all $50s initially- $20s at times would be more convenient but I had no problem at all with $50s. Generally you will mostly pay in US dollars for guesthouses, and any tours you book, (or large purchases) and most of the time if I didn't have smaller bills they would have change. It shouldn't be a big problem- but maybe try to accumulate smaller bills as you go if you can- especially for Cambodia where most prices actually are in US dollars.

5. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 9y

hello there.

in singapore here, we do accept US dollars but only in major shopping malls where they display the currency rates. places that accept US dollars are those big bookstores, big boutiques and so on. however, to have a real flavour of singapore, i think you just got to change into some SGD dollars because those small little stores do not accept US dollars. unless you want to lose out by giving your US cash, that is.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1593 posts) 9y

Quoting huishan

hello there.

in singapore here, we do accept US dollars but only in major shopping malls where they display the currency rates. places that accept US dollars are those big bookstores, big boutiques and so on. however, to have a real flavour of singapore, i think you just got to change into some SGD dollars because those small little stores do not accept US dollars. unless you want to lose out by giving your US cash, that is.

I usually find that when you change "foreign money" (like U.S. dollars) in stores or hotels overseas, that the rate you get is worse than what you can get at a bank or the airport.

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

I usually find that when you change "foreign money" (like U.S. dollars) in stores or hotels overseas, that the rate you get is worse than what you can get at a bank or the airport.

Righto, but in Vn, Cambodia, the best rates are on the streets... In Cambodia, the de facto exchange rate is 1US to 4000 riels. U can pay in Us and get change in riels... But in Vn i think u will need to change dongs...