We're traveling from the USA to Vietnam in 2 weeks. Most of the trip's major expenses are paid off, but we want to have cash handy for small vendors and artisans and remote places generally. We want to avoid airport currency exchange because the rates are low.
One way is to find a money exchange vendor near us, find out the rates and bargain. Another is to go to a bank that we are customers of. (So far, from searching, big banks like Chase don't seem to offer Vietnamese Dongs!)
A third option that occurred to me is to use money transfer services (Western Union, Remitly, Ria, Xoom) to pick up locally at a bank branch.
We are asked information like "Place as in the ID", etc, that makes me wonder if a US resident can pick up cash at a designated bank branch in Vietnam without any bank account.
- Can a US resident (tourist) use such services to send money to self to be picked up as cash while there?
- Is there a better way of doing this or is an airport the best place to pick up cash?