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    Exchange booths

    A couple of questions, but first an explanation. I have some UK bank notes which have writing/marks on them. My local bank will not exchange them due to this.
    First question. If I go to Pattaya, will the soi money exchangers take them ? Secondly, are their rates any different to the bank rates ? Thanks.
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    Sounds like what you need is someone going back to UK to give you baht for them?

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    The worst rates are given by the banks.

    Dont know about Psttaya. But the best exchange rates in bangkok is Vasu on corner of 7/1.

    I see the pounds a plummeting

    Vasu exchange :: ????????????????????????????????, money exchange, currency, rates, ???????

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    Had to visit a backstreet place when I had some marked notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    But the best exchange rates in bangkok is Vasu on corner of 7/1.
    this is where I go if I have to buy/sell any notes

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    Teerak gets the notes that "changers" and banks won't take, rare but happens, who/how she changes to TBH is a question that I do not ask. As good a rate as I get............
    Best rates are the "hole in the wall" money changers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makmak456
    Best rates are the "hole in the wall" money changers
    Tell me more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makmak456
    Best rates are the "hole in the wall" money changers
    until you get a counterfeit note and are explaining yourself at the police station

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    TT Exchange in Pattaya( yellow livery, booths on Beach Road and soi bukhao) offer good rates compared to some others.

    Whether they will take marked notes I don`t know.

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    I have an account with Bangkok Bank, and if i have marked notes i have no problem changing them but other Banks give lots of trouble , so try them or it may be just that i have an account with them.

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    Have you tried the money change place at the top of Soi 4 Jomtien next door to the British Consulate?

    Good rates and cash only.

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    The unfortunate thing is I live up North, a 5 hour drive away from Pattaya. So I've either got to make a journey there, or get someone who's going there to do for me. But the biggest question still hasn't been answered. Will the exchange booths take spoilt/marked notes? No point going if they don't.
    So a tip learned. Do not travel abroad with any cash, unless it's mint fresh.

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    no rips, but marked not usually a problem with bangkok bank

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    I bank with the Bangkok Bank but they wouldn't take any that were marked. None were torn. They were still in the UK bank note wrapper.

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    Booth in Soi Diana opposite LK Rennaisance, no problems, good rate too. I have had the same problem in Khon Buri, and even those they take they photocopy them, and you have to sign each A4 page. What a polava. If you are changing large ammounts 1000 plus try bank gold near Mikes Food Mall, not a bank but a chinese operated shop. They also take marked notes.

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    Ooops sorry, not Mike Food Mall, Tony's Food Mall Sorry the street is called The Village

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    Quote Originally Posted by superman View Post
    The unfortunate thing is I live up North, a 5 hour drive away from Pattaya. So I've either got to make a journey there, or get someone who's going there to do for me. But the biggest question still hasn't been answered. Will the exchange booths take spoilt/marked notes? No point going if they don't.
    So a tip learned. Do not travel abroad with any cash, unless it's mint fresh.
    I have had mixed experience wherever I have been in the country. Some booths take them, some dont. Same with the banks, some refuse and next door will accept. It can quite frustrating at times. I always imagine some old crone out back ironing them and putting them in the vault.

    I had some old twenties a few years ago (which were still legal tender). Some with Elgar and others with Smith (I think it was around 2008). I got the Elgar`s handed back and nowhere would take them.
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