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Riel notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 denominations, but the distinctive red 500 Riel note is the most commonly used.
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Credit cards and travelers checks are not common but are catching on. US dollar travelers checks are much more easily encashed than any other kind.
Money changers cluster around the markets. When accepting money, inspect the bills. Marred Riel is acceptable tender, but the tiniest tear in a large US note renders it worthless.
There are banks in all of the larger provincial capitals, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang. Banks can change money, effect telegraphic transfers and some banks can cash travelers checks and accept Visa cards.
There is only two ATM in Cambodia, at the Canadia Bank in Phnom Penh and ANZ Royal Bank in Phnom Penh, and you must have a local account in order to use it. You cannot access foreign accounts from this.
The rate of exchange as per the time of printing is approximately 10,450 Kip to one US Dollar and 13,340 Kip to one Euro. In Vientiane, notes of most international currencies can be exchanged either at banks or at licensed moneychangers. Outside Vientiane, most provincial banks and licensed moneychangers accept only US Dollars, Thai Bahts and sometimes Euros. Only major banks accept traveler’s cheques. It is best to carry U.S Dollar bills in small denominations. Credit cards are accepted only at major hotels and up-market shops and restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
Laos Currency Exchange rate in Jan 07
100 LAK = US$0.01
500 LAK= US$0.05
1000 LAK = US$0.10
2000 LAK = US$0.21
5000 LAK = US$0.51
10.000 LAK = US$1.03
20.000 LAK= US$2.06
30.000 LAK = US$3.09
50.000 LAK = US$5.14
100.000 LAK = US$10.29
150.000 LAK = US$15.43
200.000 LAK = US$20.58
300.000 LAK = US$30.87
400.000 LAK = US$41.16
500.000 LAK = US$51.44
1.000.000 LAK = US$102.89
Myanmar Time and Currency
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Thailand Currency & Exchange Services
Traveller's Cheques/ Cheques/Credit Cards
For travellers leaving Thailand, the maxi- mum amount permitted to take out without prior authorisation is 50,000 Baht per person
Foreign visitors may bring in personal effects and other goods which are not prohibited by current customs regulation. Other than personal effects, departing visitors are also allowed to take out merchandise bought from duty free shops, precious stones, gold and platinum ornaments.
Foreign visitors are welcome to open a foreign currency account with any commercial bank in Thailand. As a special gesture to non-residents, no restrictions are imposed on the maintenance of and withdrawal from the account, as long as the funds originate from abroad.
Vietnam Currency and Work Hours
The Vietnamese currency is Dong (VND). Banknotes in circulation are 100 Dong, 200 Dong, 500 Dong, 1,000 Dong, 2,000 Dong, 5,000 Dong, 10,000 Dong, 20,000 Dong, 50,000 Dong and 100,000 Dong recently issued by The State Bank of Vietnam. The rate of exchange is approximately 1 USD = 14,950 dong. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the bank, exchange bureau or hotel reception desk. Travelers' cheque and most of Credit cards are accepted in the major cities.
Etnamese dong (VND) is the official currency in Vietnam.
- Paper notes include: VND 500,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500; 200 and 100. Coins include VND 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200
Carefully: Number of VND is big, but cost is not Example : 500VND can get a candy, 10,000VND to 15,000VND can get a glass of tea in coffee shop, Most of Vietnamese are not happy to pay by Coin, because they are too heavy and not much of cost
You should bring enough money for your stay. US$ are most widely accepted. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, but outside main centres you may find cash the only acceptable currency and find it difficult to cash travellers’ cheques. ATM distribution is still poor and limited to the major cities and tourist areas. It is possible to have funds transferred to Vietnam via international money transfer companies.
The cost of travel in Vietnam varies from pocket change to the platinum card, depending on taste and comfort. Ascetics could just about get by US$20 a day, while a conventional budget traveller can live it up from US$20 to US$50.
Midrange travelers can have a ball from US$50 to US$100 a day, staying comfortably, eating well and travelling comfortably.
At the top end, spending US$200 or more a day, anything is possible.
Dining out is where Vietnam comes into its own. Surfing the street stalls and markets, meals can be found for between US$2 and US$5 ( try it if you have your metal stomach) . Local restaurants are more comfortable and you can eat well for between US$10 and US$20
Then there are the Vietnamese gourmet restaurants, where you can still only spend around US$20 with drinks; with the right wines you could easily spend US$50 to 100.