Have always/still love Luang Prabang but beware the $ changers.Went to one near Palace in Main Street,Th Sisavangvong.Handed over $100 AUD and agreed the correct amount was 700,000 kip.Was handed a bunch of 50,000 and 20,000 kip notes which on counting,amounted to 400,000 kip.When I pointed this out,I was handed more notes but discovered the sum was still 200,000 kip short.After I pointed this out,more notes were added and yet the total was still 150,000 kip short.I then reclaimed my $100 ,went to another changer across the road from the Palace where exactly the same thing happened.Went to a third changer in the street beside the Palace towards the Mekong.Again the first exchange was 100,000 kip short.At least this time,the correct amount was handed over on the second attempt.
1.Try to change easy amounts ie it is easier to multiply 7000 by 100 rather then 1.4 etc
2.Have someone with you to confirm the maths.
3.Don't walk away if unhappy.
4.Despite bank fees,consider ATM.
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