In Thailand,enveetee wrote: Can anyone share their experiences re what currency to use and what form to carry it in for Thailand and Laos.
USD or ATM machines
Is that the ATM card or the credit card where you get the SMS. That sounds like a very good system to me.Marco wrote:
Also, i know you guys travel a lot but just a reminder,, try to not pay with your card where it's taken to out of your sight (Yeah,,right, easier to say that done) there has been cases that card has been copied and then later on used by some one,, not so frequent now day but in the yr or so go.
I dont know your banks in your countries but as we use Kasikorn bank here thailand i have sms alert system to my mob every time my card has been used.it's really good to have and will minimize damages as it alert me seconds after card been used.(sms free of charge)
Before I leave the 'States I get the card cleared for the countries I'm going to and get my daily maximum withdrawal limit adjusted at my bank to avoid any possibility that my card will not be honored just when I might need it most. I also sign a couple of wire transfer slips at the bank to keep on file "just in case". I try to buy everything in baht and only use the card for withdrawals at the ATM. I realize that every country's-and bank's- card rules may vary-these are just the ones I follow to get, up to now, trouble free service from mine.tonykiwi wrote: ATM for cash as much as possible.
Credit cards are just fine but the only problem I have found is that when I come back to NZ I get a letter from the Card issuer saying that I have used it in an insecure country and they put a $500 limit on it for any future foreign transactions. The answer then is to accept the limit or get a new card: