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1. Posted by rag7 (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Hi, I am going to spending 3 weeks moving across Vietnam, through Cambodia and then finally Thailand and am a bit confused which and how much of each currency. I will obviously need Thai Baht but then will I need US Dollars? I am English so should i change up to get both these currencies before i leave England?

I have also read that i will get a much better exchange rate if i change my money in Thailand (I am flying initially to Bangkok), is this true?

Help!

2. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 7y

Vietnam uses the dong, and very occasionally the US dollar. We payed US$ sometimes for hotels and tours, but you will definitely not be able to survive on just $US. If you are moving into Cambodia from Vietnam it's definitely a good idea to spend all your dong first, or get it changed into $US. We had a whole heap left to change in Phnom Penh and it took awhile to find a place that would accept it.

Cambodia uses a combination of the local currency (riels) and the US$. They are used in combination with each other - you can pay for things using a mixture of riel and $US (which can get a bit confusing at times!).

I'm not too sure about Thailand so I will leave that for someone else to answer.

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting rag7

Hi, I am going to spending 3 weeks moving across Vietnam, through Cambodia and then finally Thailand and am a bit confused which and how much of each currency. I will obviously need Thai Baht but then will I need US Dollars? I am English so should i change up to get both these currencies before i leave England?

I have also read that i will get a much better exchange rate if i change my money in Thailand (I am flying initially to Bangkok), is this true?

Help!

You should exchange some local currency (not more than £30) to spend at the airport and to get to the city when you first arrive. Once there, use the local currency exchange (yes, you get better rates in South East Asia than in the UK) or use the ATMs (which also gives pretty good rates) to withdraw money. Most banks charge you for overseas withdrawal, but for the UK, Nationwide do not have any charges for that. So if you don't already have an account with them, it's wise to open an account and use that as your travel account. And remember to inform your bank that you're travelling overseas or you'll find your card blocked when you try to withdraw money overseas. Read more about managing your money while travelling in this travel guide article: Money Matters