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Whangarei, New...
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$NZ exchange to THB

does anyone know whether it is better to exchange dollars in NZ, or better exchange rate to do it at Bangkok airport? Thanks.

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Brisbane, Australia
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1. Re: $NZ exchange to THB

Definately change it in Bangkok. You could change just a small amount before you go just to tie you over. But save the rest for Bangkok.

Whangarei, New...
posts: 56
2. Re: $NZ exchange to THB

Thanks Beezley (hope i spelt that right) Only 37 sleeps to go! Can''t wait!

Brisbane, Australia
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Your so welcome.

Have a great time. I am so jealous. Only about 240 days till my next trip!

Tauranga, New...
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4. Re: $NZ exchange to THB

Hi rmdy from Whitianga

We found the best option to be to take NZ100 bills and change them at the foreign exchange booths. Typically, airports give worse exchange rates, so if you can, get a little baht before going and change the rest when out and about the shops etc.

Have fun

nzers

@ The Mount

Whangarei, New...
posts: 56
5. Re: $NZ exchange to THB

Hi NZers

Thanks for that. I have read in quite a few postings that the airport gave the best rate.. nice to hear from a fellow countryman! Only 35 sleeps or so to go... can't wait! Looking forward to some warmth after these past few days!

Do you have any idea how much $ we would need - we are a family of 4, with a 16yr and 20yr. Staying in Bangkok for 3 days, overnight River Kwai then 9 nights Koh Samui.. Any suggestions much appreciated. Cheers Debs

Tauranga, New...
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6. Re: $NZ exchange to THB

Sorry, I'm useless at the whole money thing. Also it would depend on whether you shop like there's no tomorrow & drink like a fish.

Last time we went (2004), we were really surprised how far our money went. We;d change say $500 into Baht & it would last ages.

To give you some idea tho' - we had breakfast included in our room rate, so we gorged ourselves & skipped lunch. Dinner at a local restaurant usually cost us less than B700 ($28) including a drink for all ofus (2A & 2C). Sometimes it was cheaper, sometimes dearer. We used a tuk tuk everyday, so we spent B200 - B500 per day on that. We put all the big tours which cost in the $100's on the credit card & if we shopped big in the Department Stores, that also went on the plastic. (Not the most economical way, but I am not a fan of carrying a huge amount of cash around. We did put the card into credit before going tho' to save on the interest fees). This site and the phuket.com forum have great info on the cost of tshirts, bags, dvds etc to give you an idea of the price of things at the markets.

This time our trip is more extensive & we are going for longer. We are on a tighter budget as a result. It is good to know that we are still able to eat well and do some shopping despite this. Two weeks to go...... and counting....

nzers

NZ
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We are fellow NZ'ers as well and use our eftpos card at the money machines. Our cc card is also hooked up with eftpos and we draw money from our chq accounts while over there. We get a bundle of money out at the airport first and then draw out what we need when we need. The bank charges about $8 per transaction. The rate doesnt differ much between machines or days for that matter. You take out as much as you want or feel safe carrying around with you. We both carry a card incase one of us loses one. It is such a easy way to handle money in Asia.

Have a great trip. We have about 35 more sleeps as well. Where are you staying?

sydney australia
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Not sure if this is any use to you, but we have usually found that we could get through $100 Aus per day between eating out for lunch and dinner (just eating at little places or food courts) and shopping for 2 adults and 2 teenagers. That would also include a taxi or 2. You'd have to add on the cost of the hotel, breakfast and tours. If you really want to blow your budget on better quality clothes, shoes, games etc., you'll spend more than that.

Hope this helps. You should all have a great time.

Whangarei, New...
posts: 56
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thanks everyone, all info gratefully accepted and processed! We are staying at Bel-Aire princess for 3 nights , over-nightingt River Kwai

then Koh Samui for 10. All love to shop and drink like fishes!

Where are you staying Trossachs?

NZ
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hi rmdy

We leave 14 July Bkk 3 nites Novotel and then Krabi for a week and Koh Samui for 10 days at Chaweng Regent. May see you in Koh Samui..cant be that many kiwis there! Which hotel are you in?