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Money and bargain
1) In Vietnam
|The currency in Vietnam is the Dong (abbreviated “VND” or just “d”). In Cambodia, it is Riels and in Laos, it is the Kips. Credit card is increasingly widespread in big cities, but remains limited elsewhere. And though it is possible to pay in USD or EUR, it is easier to bargain in local currency.
2) In Cambodia
|The national currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR).
While for many years, there were no ATMs, now you can easily find in big cities. They will distribute mainly Dollars USD. This is the most stable value for the change.
No problem to exchange traveler's checks in dollars in banks.
3) In Laos
The national currency of Laos is the Kip (LAK).
While for many years, there were no ATMs, now you can easily find in big cities.
No problem to exchange American Express travelers checks at banks in Vientiane or Luang Prabang.
In 2011, $ 1 is equivalent to about 8,000 kip, and for € 1, we obtain 11 000 kips.
Although tipping is not mandatory in Vietnam, it is highly appreciated. The decision of whether to tip or not depends entirely on your satisfaction.
Whom to tip: your guide and driver should come first in the list. Expected amount for a guide is 10 USD / group / day (and a little more if you are very happy). For long trip (10-15 days), you may reduce the amount. The driver is usually tipped half that amount. Tipping is generally not popular in cafes and restaurants, except those run with a cause (eg. helping children with disabilities). Of course, you may tip if your taste tells you so. It is totally up to you.