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Friday 09 November 2012
Christmas in Cambodia
From what I’ve heard, Christmas can be very crowded at Angkor as it is the coolest season in Cambodia and should be relatively dry as well. Even if it is crowded, the Angkor park is big enough to get away from the crowds. Check out the ebook Angkor Essential for tips about how to avoid other tourists during your visit. It’s also useful to have a high-quality map of the park on hand before you visit, because this will help you to guide your tuk‑tuk driver.
Changing money in Thailand
Bank exchange booths in Thailand offer a better exchange rate than at the airport, where you’ll still get a better rate than anywhere in the UK. If you have several hundred pounds in large-denomination, clean sterling notes, you may well get an even better exchange rate by going to a licensed money changer – especially in Chinatown. Most ATMs charge 150 baht (£3) per transaction on top of your bank’s normal fees.
Cash is always better than credit cards, which can be copied. Avoid street exchange deals; make sure they are in a store – to avoid fakes.
In every Thai town there are Chinese money changers (always with red shopfronts) who give the very best rates. They all take sterling. No fees, no commission – just a 1-2 per cent spread. Never change money at your hotel.
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I would hire a driver and not a car. They drive a little erratic in Romania, it would seem, having spent the last few months working here. The first big crash I spotted while still inside Bucharest airport.
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