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CAN YOU HELP: a few random questions

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1. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Hi, i have a few questions im unsure, if anyone could help with any that would be great.

1st my inteniery is india, hong kong, thailand, vietnam, cambodia, laos, malaysia, singapore then oz.

firsty do i need a mosquito net for any of these places?

i know this is probably a stupid question, but how do people charge ipods and cameras up, is there plenty of computers with usb facility?
do i need to buy a diff plug for every country?

Has anyone ever bought one of those solar powered usb and plug chargers, are they any good?

Sleeping tablets for the planes, is it legal to take valium on a plane with you?

and finally whats the best way of taking my money? do i need a bit of cash for each country or just the first one? are there plenty of atms, or is travellers cheques a good idea?

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

atms are everywhere in thailand!!!
travellers cheque,you can change it easily....it is definitly a good idea.
mosquito net is not a good idea though...mosquito coil will do...
well,i dont encounter any problem with mosquito in thailand...;)

3. Posted by lovebug21 (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y

Hi!,

I did pretty much the same route as your going to do. I purchased a travel ipod charger for around €30 before i left and it was brill! Worked in all the countries. You can charge ur ipod from the computer but it means hanging around for awhile....

4. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

As for India,

- mosquito nets are not really required. An insect repellent cream should do just fine, or even a mosquito coil. If you're visiting in the winters, you'd hardly require any of these.

- a travel adapter/charger should do your work. The rating in India is 220 Volts 50~60 Hz.

- ATMs are everywhere. Apart from that, American Express Travellers Cheques are readily accepted at most banks and exchange counters.

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

I've travelled to all those countries and here's was I think:

Leave you mosquito net at home. You'll never need it.

I can't help with Ipods because I don't own one or know how they work. For cameras, chances are your charger with your camera already has a power converter on it, so all you need is plug adapter. India, Southeast Asia, and Oz all use different kinds of plugs. If you head to a travel store, or even probably any hardware shore, or walmart type store, I'm sure you'll find a universal travel adapter.

Taking money - I use ATM cards almost exclusively. Look on the back of your card, it should say either PLUS or CIRRUS. These are the international banking companies, and youll need to find an ATM that takes the card you have. But that is rarely a problem. When I was in Laos and Cambodia they still didn't have ATMs but as far as I know they do now in the major towns. In the Himalayas in India I had a hard time finding an ATM north of Shimla. So for the occasions when I can't find ATMs I bring a few hundred dollars worth of Traveller's Cheques, a bit of American cash, and a Visa Card.

6. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Thanks for the advice guys, aom you say you did the same route as i am about to do, do you have any tips for me, must sees?? or places to avoid??

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 9y

Quoting ashbullock

Hi, i have a few questions im unsure, if anyone could help with any that would be great.

1st my inteniery is india, hong kong, thailand, vietnam, cambodia, laos, malaysia, singapore then oz.

firsty do i need a mosquito net for any of these places?

i know this is probably a stupid question, but how do people charge ipods and cameras up, is there plenty of computers with usb facility?
do i need to buy a diff plug for every country?

Has anyone ever bought one of those solar powered usb and plug chargers, are they any good?

Sleeping tablets for the planes, is it legal to take valium on a plane with you?

and finally whats the best way of taking my money? do i need a bit of cash for each country or just the first one? are there plenty of atms, or is travellers cheques a good idea?

If you intend to sleep in cheap places where you have to leave the windows open for ventilation and cooling you may consider buying a mosquito net if you are in a malaria prone area, I wouldn't bring one from home, they are cheaper in Thailand anyway. I never use one and I have been to many areas in Asia, but I always stay in air-con hotel rooms where the windows are closed. Some people seem to be a mosquito magnet and others, like me, rarely get a bite (even when out of the hotel!)

I don't have an ipod either, but if they have a charger like a cell phone, check to see what the input voltage is, if required you may only need to pick up a real cheap adapter (15-40 baht in Thailand) so you can plug it in. A lot of the outlets take both U.S. style bladed plugs and pin plugs in the same outlet.

I never take any sleeping pills on a plane, I read, get tired then sleep a little, eat, sleep, read and the trip is over (my flights are probably twice as long as yours too!) Sleeping pills would make me too groggy to react in an emergency. If you think you need valium to make it through the flight I would not take it with me with out a proper doctor's prescription. I would leave it home if it were me just to avoid any possible trouble with customs checks.

Money. Don't take Vietnam, Laos or Cambodian currency out of those countries - use it up or cash it in - no one wants that money after you leave those countries! ATM's are okay in most places, but withdrawal fees may be high on some credit cards. I prefer using debit cards with no fees or small fees. I would not make a lot of small withdrawals with ATM's to cut down on fees. Thailand is probably the easiest for changing money - travelers checks, cash or ATM's no problem!

Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam often take U.S. dollars for paying for purchases. Make sure you have small bills available for cheap purchases where change is expected back. I travel with debit cards (I transfer money from my bank account to cover my anticipated needs to the credit union that has my debit card account.) I also take some travelers checks (get them free of commission through my credit union) and cash ($100 U.S. currency notes.) I don't use a credit card, I do bring one for any emergency that may come up though!

Good luck.

8. Posted by indo-girl (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

For any detailed questions about Viet Nam, then I am only to happy to help, either within the forum, or you can message me directly. I work for a local travel agent in Ha Noi, and having lived here for nearly 4 years (I am Australian), I have loads of local experience.

Viet Nam is a beautiful country and I would be only too happy to help you experience it at its best!

happy travels:-)

9. Posted by abugarcia (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Well...when u are in Malaysia you no need to be worry. We have really good accomodation to make you happy here

10. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 9y

There are a few ATMs in Cambodia now, but even in places that accept credit cards, don't expect the connection to always work. Cambodia, US$ is the main currency. It's about 4000 Cambodian riel to $1, so anything under $1 is given back in riel. If the ATM doesn't work, there are kiosks where you can get a cash advance off of your credit card. Maybe not the best idea, but in a pinch, at least it's there. Be prepared for really big service fees, though. At the THai borders in Cambodia, you can also use Thai baht. Confusing? :)

I didn't have any problems charging my camera battery in Thailand or Cambodia. I just had a simple adapter that I paid very little for. It was really small, not a big contraption.

Don't bother with a mosquito net. Not worth the hassle. Bugs go where they want to. Just use bug spray religiously. Although in a number of markets, you can get this really cool tennis raquet-looking thing that's actually a bug zapper. Costs about $1 USD in most of the Thai markets. Those are fun!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 12, 2007, at 10:32 PM by rbyslipahs ]