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Pre-paid Debit cards - help!

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1. Posted by jillianjiggs75 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I am considering a Pre-paid Debit card. Has anyone used one of these? I am going to SE Asia for 18 days (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand) on a tour. I am taking a small amount of $US with me & will have to load my card with Dong, Riel & Baht. Can I use any of these (or$US) in KL airport as I have 2 short stopovers here & really don't want to exchange another currency if I don't have to. Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2009 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

The US Dollar is all you need to load on that debit card - currency conversion is done automatically by the ATM. If you have a checking account, you could also use that bank's debit card (as I do). If you do decide on a bank card, be sure to inform the bank of your planned itinerary, use an all numeric PIN, and take a credit card as backup. I do not use any USD cash, and I'm American.

3. Posted by RiaHopkins (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Daawgon is right, you usually only need to load one currency on the card, which will automatically convert for you. A word of advice though, I am just returning from a trip through India and Nepal, using a travel debit card (Cash Passport) for the first time.
I had heaps of problems using it at ATMs, in several major cities including Delhi and Kathmandu I would need to visit 9 ATMs before one would work, after being assured the card would work in 90% of ATMs worldwide. Needless to say, this caused quite a bit of stress. Definitely make sure you have backup funds (a small amount of $US or even Travellers Cheques, just to save the stress).

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1816 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Do you have a debit card from your own bank? I use a regular debit card from my US credit union all the time in Thailand. I always had cash for Cambodia and Vietnam.

My bank debit cards also work in in ATM's too. If you do go with a pre-paid card also have a backup source of money. (Before any trip overseas I call my card provider and tell them what country I will be in and for how long.)

In Vietnam and Cambodia US dollars are used as a de facto currency. Don't leave Cambodia and Vietnam with their currency because no one wants to change it in a different country.

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6. Posted by Daniel Watson (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

if u r traveling to asia a prepaid debit card comes in handy.u can shop with it without worryng about the cash liquidity or currency exchange. let the bank worry about that