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bargara australia
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I am going to Thailand next week..I have organised some thai baht here. Should I bring australian dollors as well or use the atm? This is my first time in Thailand..Thanks in advance...

Bangkok, Thailand
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1. Re: money???

Don't change money before you leave - you get a better rate here! Check the FAQS (Top Questions) on the right for a comprehensive answer to your question.

Darkan, Australia
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Bring Aussie $ and change it to Thai baht. Don't change any at home.

Money changers and banks all over the place. Much better rate that at home.

ATM charge a fee - cash no fee.

Vancouver, Canada
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A.t .m Charges a fee ,but you don't have to carry loads of cash. I think its safer ,and who cares about 20 or 30 dollaers in fees over a vacation .....Really

Mindarie, Australia
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we are taking visa debit card to pay for hotel extras and jewellery and have paid for our tours already so we are taking aus dollars. Its been suggest on T/A to change a small amount at airport just so as you have some money in thai for tips when you get there like luggage guys at hotel but the best rates are in patong and we plan on changing just enough on a daily basis

Brisbane, Australia
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5. Re: money???

Ive learnt that aussie cash with cards as a emergency back up gets you the best value..


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6. Re: money???

Everyone has their own opinion on this.I always take a few baht with me for taxis etc. I have in the past taken cash and it has worked well for me. I think it depends how long you are going for as if I was spending 2 weeks or more I think I would also take T/C.

100 Mile House...
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I'd just use a ATM. We just returned from a month in Bali and Phuket. We took mostly Traveler's Cheques. Big mistake, They were a pain to cash. It seriously took over 1/2 hour to cash them. I'm surprised we weren't photographed and finger printed while we were at the bank. The 2nd time we went to cash some more, we were told the machine that reads the numbers was broken. We ended up bringing home most of the TC, and ended up going to the ATM's and just taking cash out.

Sydney, Australia
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We've used nothing but ATMs for all our trips over the last ten years, in both Europe and Asia. We've only ever had one problem - a short-term bank outage in 2003 which prevented us getting money for a couple of hours in Wales. ATMs are all over the place in Thailand, there's never a problem. You can get money at the airport as soon as you arrive. Just carry a spare card in case...

Pattaya, Thailand
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9. Re: money???

Takes few min to cash travelers cheques! Just need passport with you and provide hotel info!

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We just took cash and an atm card for when the cash ran out. Not a problem as there are money changers at the airport and everywhere in Phuket.