|Subject: Re: Thailand - Best way to take money|
Just got back from SE Asia and we found Thailand easy to change
currency - and plenty of ATM's in major centres (typically only
are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shopping). But outside
major areas there aren't too many ATM's but banks offer good
Credit cards can be used in most major hotels/restaurants.
But outside Thailand, the US$ is King - particularly Cambodia.
EVERYBODY accepts small denomination bills (change may be in local currency) and it can be very difficult to change money back. Also ATM's are rare and Travellers Cheques (may charge a premium)can be difficult to change and credit cards rarely accepted (and only then at a premium). Ironically, large US bills get a better exchange rate than smaller ones and are eagerly accepted (nobody questioned our $100 or $50 - in fact they asked for larger bills wherever it made sense).
Alan & Catherine Gardner