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Currency to take to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

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Currency to take to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Hi We are traveling from UK to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos. Wondering if we should convert £ (UK Pounds) to dollars or are £ widely accepted as dollars in these countries? Also is it easy to convert £ to local currency? We are going for 17 days.

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1. Re: Currency to take to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

It will be easy enough to convert sterling to local currency at leat in Laos and Vietnam, I've not been to Cambodia yet but assume it would be the same. . In all 3 places US dollars are accepted for many things ( but not sterling to my knowledge)

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2. Re: Currency to take to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

YOu can change pounds to the local currency at all airports. Take enough USD to cover visas (and in Cambodia your first couple of days expenses) then simply use your ATM card - get it activated for international use and tell your bank when/where you're going so your card doesn't get blocked for fraudulant usage.

You cnnot use stirling in these countries any more than you can use Kip or Baht in the UK.

USD in Cambodia (you will get riel in change so don't convert to this - ATM's dispense USD) in Laos, Kip is dispensed from ATM's and in Vietnam it's dong (and some dispense USD).

Don't change twice you you'll pay two lots of forex fees. Check with your bank to see which banks they 'partner' in each of these countries and withdraw the maximum amount each time in order to minimise withdrawal fees.

cheers & have a great trip


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3. Re: Currency to take to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

For Vietnam and Laos you're best off converting to the local currency but, USD is best for Cambodia.

Make sure you have plenty of small denomination notes and that they're in good condition as you could find trouble parting with them if they're a bit on the ratty side.

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