FOREIGN CURRENCY

Rates from June 2001

 

Singapore

   Singapore uses a Singapore Dollar

   The U.S. Dollar is strong against the Singapore Dollar at this point.  Here are the multiples:

   $1 US Dollar = $1.82 SIN Dollar

   $1 SIN Dollar = $0.549 US Dollar

   Look for an exchange rate of about 0.55 SIN Dollars.  The lower these numbers at exchange time, the better. 

Thailand

 Thailand uses the Baht.

   The U.S. Dollar is very strong against the Thai Baht.
Here are the multiples:

   $1 US Dollar = $45 Baht

   $100 Baht = $2.22 US Dollars

   Look for an exchange rate of about 2.22. The lower these numbers at exchange time, the better.

Tips and Hints

You will get a better rate in the destination country than in the U.S. or at the airport.

The hotels in both cities have good exchange rates at their front desks.  As always, you can bring travelerís checks.

Using a credit card will give you a good exchange rate and it is accepted at most restaurants and the finer shops in Singapore.  It is also accepted at all the shops on our Wat and Shop tour day.

  However, you will need Baht cash in the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai.  Here is the good news; you can use your ATM card if it is on the PLUS networks.  If you go crazy at the Night Bazaar, as we did, a cash machine will issue Baht right from your home checking account.  Buying more luggage and extra gifts is simply up to you.