- Taking cash to Thailand and getting the best rate.
- The Flying OxMember
We were there a couple of years back, and there always seemed to be a better rate for cash £ rather than travellers cheques. There is an inherent risk in taking cash though, and I wouldn’t assume it’ll be safe to keep it either on your person or in a hotelroom safe.Posted 3 years agoDougDMember
I took a few $ over there as they’re always easy to exchange, also whent to Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore and you can use them insead of the local currency easily too.
In terms of exchanging over here, work out what you’ll get at the current exchange rate for GBP to THB (c. 54.33) then shop around at a few travel agents etc. and barter with them. Also have a look at Money Saving Expert Currency Convertor.
Not used the post office card so can’t comment on that.
We just used the atms over there as we had a Nationwide account which didn’t charge you for overseas withdrawals and you got a really good rate.Posted 3 years ago
Off to Thailand in a few weeks and was wondering if you guys have have any tips for taking cash, I’m unsure wether to take cash £ or $, travellers cheques or use the post office prepaid card.Posted 3 years ago
The £ is very strong against the Baht at the moment and I want the most out of it.
travel all over the world with work – to places you mostly wouldnt dream of going on holiday.
the only time ive taken more than 50 dollars with me (emergency funds as dollars work everywhere) was to turkmenistan where they explicitly state there are no cash machines outside of ashgabat and its a cash only culture.
the rest of the time i just use my nationwide card to take it out the bank. in Baku i was able to withdraw from the bank at their rate and sell back when i left for a higher rate at the bureau de change….Posted 3 years agothekingisdeadMember
While it’s always nice to know you’ve got the best deal on any transaction, don’t forget the difference between a market leading rate and not is a tiny percentage of the overall cost of the holiday.
I just use a fx card now and forget about whether I’ve got the best rate or not.
Have a good holiday – great countryPosted 3 years agofootflapsSubscriber
I travel with work and often take a load of $100 bills and change them for local currency on the street e.g. Taxi drivers often give you a better rate than banks etc. Larger denomination bills tend to get a better rate (as they’re easier to smuggle out the country, which is where your bills go).Posted 3 years agomakecoldplayhistoryMember
Bring some pounds but, as others said, use a cash point. I think Nationwide charge for international withdrawals, but it’s a pretty small amount.
Often, credit cards work out best and give you peace of mind re. insurance.
If you’re going to bring notes, bring new twenty pound notes. The banks here are funny about accepting fifties and any even slightly damaged notes.
Where are you going?Posted 3 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Again another work traveler, never bother with cash these days, too much hassle and risk. The rate difference is not enough to be an issue and pre-load CC’s or zero fee ones work. I have a couple of Frequent Flyer cards that have pre paid local currency accounts on them rates not the best but no fee’s and points to be earned.Posted 3 years ago
“I travel with work and often take a load of $100 bills and change them for local currency on the street e.g. Taxi drivers often give you a better rate than banks etc”
just dont tell your work that ….. if its anything like mine they are strong on corruption and black market trading.Posted 3 years agofootflapsSubscriber
just dont tell your work that ….. if its anything like mine they are strong on corruption and black market trading.
This is Africa, you can’t get anything done without bribery and corruption, it’s how the whole continent works……
The whole thing is such a farce, all overseas companies in Africa bribe people, they just all pretend they don’t.Posted 3 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
Card and cashpoint all the way and has been for many years. MSE to find the best one.
However, I always try to carry a couple of $50 bills for emergencies – you can spend/change them nearly anywhere and just occasionally you end up out of cash and without a cashpoint. We crossed from Malaysian Borneo to Indonesian Borneo on a tiny plane late in the evening after the banks had closed, cashpoints wouldn’t take our cards etc etc.
Flying into any major airport I just pick up cash after I collect my bags.Posted 3 years ago
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