The money is or was hard for a North American to understand. You have to have the currency of where ever you are going because they don’t take other countries money.
We got our money from the bank machine. Only certain ones would accept our bank card. When they did accept the card, they would give out the currency of the country that we were in. In Cambodia the bank machines only gave out American and we got Real back from change.
The money looks different in every country. I got confused about the money. In China the money was called the yuan and one dollar was about 7 yuan. In Vietnam the money was called dong and one dollar is about 15,000 dong so we felt really rich in Vietnam money. Not so rich in China.
In Cambodia the money was called Real and one dollar is about 4,000 Real. The Real mostly came in bills but there was a couple times when we got them in coins and the Real coins were golden. All the bills were individual colours.
Laos money is basically like the other countries but it is called Kip. The Kip was not as pretty as the Real. One dollar is about 7,000 Kip.
What I am trying to say is that where ever you are in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and China, you just have to be aware of the money and the exchange.
Bissky Dziadyk Family
Travelling the world as a family since 2008.
In September 2008 our family embarked on a four month journey through South East Asia. Traveling with a child who uses a wheelchair presented its challenges, but following the Mekong River through China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam with a wheelchair was truly an adventure.
When we move beyond our fears and embrace our dreams, the Universe has an odd way of not only supporting us but giving us more opportunities than we ever imagined. Embarking on a journey with an open heart we can not help but be changed forever by the experience. Indeed it would be a waste to return untouched in the spiritual realm.
September: China (Beijing, Xi’an,Kunming, Yuanyang)
October: Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay) and
Laos (Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane)
November: Southern Vietnam (Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta)
December: Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampot and Sihanoukville).