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changing money - what is "asda"?

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changing money - what is "asda"?

l am just looking at some previous forum info l'd printed out and came accross some useful info re changing money

it mentions "when you get to hotel go to asda as they give you a very good exchange rate"

was this about a particular hotel or does sri lanka have lots of "asda"s ?? !!

would you say £20 notes was the best denomination notes to take?

we are off early Tuesday morning, fling with Qatar - l cant wai

THANK YOU!

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1. Re: changing money - what is "asda"?

Hi there,

It's not a bank. Probably a local jewelry shop; often these have better rates than bank and _sometimes_ it's legal too. Often not, they're allowed to accept foreign cash (if they have a license) for purchases but not generally for trading in rupees.

Indeed 20 is some denomination which is easy to get changed, 50 is about the ceiling.

Have a nice time,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: changing money - what is "asda"?

thank you

so are £10 or £5 notes as easy or better than £20?

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3. Re: changing money - what is "asda"?

Well, they would be okay too but would just make your wallet bigger wouldn't they? And as you're hopefully planning to exchange in chunks of at least 50-100 quid, to optimise the exchange fees which are partly per transfer and not in the rate, then it would not help much to have all these smaller notes with you...

Have fun,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: changing money - what is "asda"?

Hi there......

In fact "Asda" is NOT an official way to change your money, it is in fact a "beach boy" trading name, you really should NOT get involved in this.

Much better, AND safer to change money at a local bank, or at your hotel, although this will give you a less attarctive rate than a bank.

Asda, is NOT like the trade name here in UK, they are simply taking advantage of the fact that UK visitors will recognise it, like wise there are some "Tescos" too, be warned, not safe to change money at these dubious outlets!!

Regards

Dave

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