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hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

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hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

hi, we're off next week for 5 days tour then Taj at Bentota for a 9 days.

Having read thru the forum, it doesnt seem a good idea to pay for things/meals etc in US$.

Is it best to pay in local currency, and if so, what is best to use for exchange, GBP travellers cheques or £ cash? And will the airport and hotels be "reasonable" on the rate?

thanks

Nick

PS... Can't wait to go... at the least the civil war has ended in Sri Lanka... it's just starting here in London !

Edited: 09 August 2011, 12:26
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1. Re: hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

Hi there,

Bring your own currency, so GBP for Brits. Cash or TC or ATM withdrawal really depends on what your bank has in fees for the latter two. Airport has a good bank rate, the hotels generally not (10-15% lower) but all banks and changers in town have decent rates again.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

Great, many thanks.

Anything else obvious that i should know? We're taking our two teenage kids, 5 days on the usual kind of tour. Looks like the weathers ok,,, and got plenty of bug spray!

cheers

Nick

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3. Re: hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

Taj is a lovely place, depending a bit on the floor (some renovated and some not). If you're on HB basis, beware of the drink prices as we found them outrageous even for Lankan 4-5 star standards. Plenty of good restaurants and bars at walking distance however.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

yes, on HB. Really appreciate the info, thanks again, Nick

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5. Re: hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

Airport exchange rates are the same as the banks and a good place to change your money. Your hotel should have safety deposit boxes for cash or TCs. These may be in the room or at reception. When you first change your money, after counting it, get a few larger notes broken down for petty cash tips etc. Keep receipts as you can't change money back to sterling without them but try to avoid doing this or you will lose out on exchange rates, charges. Perhaps change some money at the airport and see how you go and then use local banks. Do NOT change money at the hotel, rates will be really poor. You will have to pay for almost everything in rupees, only very large purchases like gems might be payable in sterling and even here be very careful about the rate of exchange.

If you plan to use credit or debit charges, check on charges with your bank vor card provider before you go and tell them where you are going and when as otherwise your card may be blocked. Avoid letting your cards out of your sight when using them, there are scams about.

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6. Re: hi, quick question about Sri Lankan rupees / exchange

Much appreciated David, thank you.

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