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Changing money

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Changing money

Hi going Phuket in 2 weeks, and need to know weather it's better to change here or in phuket? Thanks for any heads up!

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1. Re: Changing money

Hi,

Its better to wait and change your money in Thailand.

Have a read of FAQ CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES & CURRENCY Options on the right.

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2. Re: Changing money

Any more info would be good

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3. Re: Changing money

Its all in the FAQ.

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4. Re: Changing money

Having been to Phuket a number of times, my advice would be:

1. Take GBP travellers cheques (American Express only)

2. Exchange a minimum amount GBP for Thai Baht in UK. Just enough to cover your taxi fare from Phuket airport to hotel. You could wait and exchange sterling at Phuket airport on arrival but flying from Manchester you are knackered and just want to get through immigration, collect your luggage, get through customs as quick as possible and into a taxi.

3. Take a credit card for emergency purposes only. Charge fees for using them are high and you get a much lower exchange rate.

4. Take some Sterling cash to tie you over for a couple of days until you get to a bank to exchange your travellers cheques. But remember travel insurance doesn't cover you much for loss of cash. Travellers cheques are by far the safest option. There are plenty of street-side money exchange booths to exchange GBP notes (good rates too).

5. Get the highest denomination in GBP travellers cheques eg. £100 or £200 because for each travellers cheque cashed at bank, the bank fee is 33 baht per cheque. So you do not want to take lots of £20 travellers cheques.

6. Avoid the pre-paid cards because the fees are high and the exchange rate is much lower than the going rate. My view is they are a rip off but other people like them.

7. You will ALWAYS get a higher rate for Baht in Phuket/Thailand.

Have a good holiday.

Tia :)

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5. Re: Changing money

Thanks.

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6. Re: Changing money

I would take cash with a card back up. Keep you cash in the hotel safe and use when needed.

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