Category: Asia

Money and Fund Transfer in Turkmenistan

Money and Fund Transfer in Turkmenistan

According to plus-size-tips, the Turkmenistan currency is the new Turkmenistan manat (TMT). The exchange rate is set by the Turkmenistan Central Bank and has been based on a rate of 3.41 manat per dollar since it was devalued in January 2015. With this exchange rate, the currency is considered significantly overvalued. Accordingly, a lively black market for currency transactions has developed. The deviation from the official exchange rate is between 20 and 100% depending on the season (smaller deviation in summer than in winter), day of the week (the greatest deviation is achieved in the middle of the week) and time (smaller deviation at noon than in the morning).

In the course of the current economic crisis, the TMT on the black markets fell significantly in value in the course of 2017 and is currently 4 to 7 TMT per US dollar, depending on the region and negotiating skills. Taking into account the associated (considerable!) Risks, visitors can therefore significantly reduce the costs of their stay in the country with good negotiations.

However, exchanging money outside of the state-licensed exchange offices and banks is illegal and is severely punished. The risk is incalculable. Accordingly, black market transactions are urgently advised against, despite the tempting exchange rates. In addition, every time you change money, you have to obtain an exchange receipt stating that the exchange has taken place legally. Receipts issued on the black market are often crude forgeries that can hardly be identified as such by the visitor, but unequivocally by the inspectors upon departure and then lead to major problems.

Traders still use the units of the old Turkmenistan manat, but for the sake of simplicity reduced by a factor of 1000. If a trader requests “150” for a product in the bazaar, this can mean 150 TMT (about 44 USD according to the official exchange rate or 25 USD if it was exchanged at a cheap black market rate). As a rule, however, this means 150,000 old Turkmenistan manats and accordingly 30 TMT, which in turn results in a dollar price of 5 to 8 USD. Whether the product offered in the example is offered for USD 5 or USD 44 depends on whether the retailer is calculating in the old or new manat as well as on the honesty and skill of the visitor in exchanging his foreign currency in TMT.

It should be noted that hotels, travel agencies and other service providers are increasingly requesting receipts from state banks for the exchange of currency when paying in TMT.

All foreign currencies must be declared upon entry. It is not allowed to export more foreign currency out of the country than was brought in on entry. The difference between imported foreign exchange and the (lower) sum of exported foreign exchange must be proven by means of exchange receipts during random exit controls. It is essential to keep the exchange receipts issued for every legal exchange of money. These controls can be time-consuming, and a corresponding waiting time should be taken into account when planning the time to cross the border. In line with the increasing discrepancy between the official exchange rate and the exchange rate traded on the street, these controls have been tightened since the beginning of 2015.

Incorrect information in the currency form will be severely punished. The import or export of money that goes beyond the usual needs should be clarified with the Turkmenistan business partners to avoid difficulties.

Almost all payments are made in cash. Very few hotels accept credit cards (VISA, Master Card). Credit cards are unknown outside of these hotels. Dollar bills can be changed at all major banks, euros at the branches of Prezidentbank and some other banks. The commissioned tourism organization can provide information on this. In any case, make sure that the dollar and euro bills are absolutely flawless. The bills will be rejected if they are damaged, discolored or marked. If they show only minor damage or several kinks, it is occasionally possible to exchange at least at a worse exchange rate. All US $ bills printed before 1996 will be rejected without exception. In addition, exchanging US $ 100 bills can be difficult.

The export of manat is not allowed, but is tolerated for the smallest amounts (in the sense of souvenirs)

Outside of Turkmenistan, it is not possible to buy new Turkmenistan manats or to exchange them for other currencies.

The exchange of manat for foreign currency has not been possible without restrictions since 2016. No consistent regulation is currently discernible in this regard. Numerous banks forbid the redemption entirely, some only exchange upon presentation of exchange receipts as proof of legally acquired manat, with some banks the redemption is still successful. In line with the unpredictable development, it is therefore advisable to orient the exchange of foreign currency in manat to actual needs and to exchange them if necessary. The exchange of foreign currency in manat is possible at any time without any problems.

Experience has shown that foreigners can usually still be exchanged for comparatively small sums by submitting the exchange receipts as proof of the previously legal exchange of foreign currency into manats. The exchange receipt will then be canceled according to the amount exchanged.

ATMs are extremely rare. Locations of functioning machines are currently not known.

Due to the constantly changing regulations, no guarantee can be given for this information either. If in doubt, it makes sense to inquire at the tourism agency and the relevant Turkmenistan embassy.


Sign for the Prezidentbank Turkmenistan

The Best Street Food Cities in Asia

The Best Street Food Cities in Asia

George Town in Malaysia

George Town in Malaysia

My last three stops are literally being traded as the Mecca of street food . We’ll start with what is probably the best street food city in Malaysia: George Town on Penang in western Malaysia, which has also made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

You should try this:

  • Char koay teow
  • Dim Sum
  • Nasi Kandar
  • Satay
  • Nasi Campur

The city has long been known to foodies and Asia lovers as a top destination for good and above all inexpensive street food, so that George Town has rightly earned a place on the list of the best street food cities. The Malaysian cuisine, which is similar to the Indonesian, has a mix of cultures and tastes ready for you. Indian, Chinese, hot, mild, sweet, sour – in Malaysia it’s definitely the mix that makes the difference. Taste your way through Malaysian cuisine in the buildings called Hawker Center before going on a sightseeing tour of one of the most diverse cities in the country. Tip: Especially at the George Town Festival, which takes place every summer, the whole city is on its feet and shows what it can do culturally. Well then, selera makan yang baik, bon appetit!

Thailand – not only worth a visit in culinary terms

Singapore - the mother of street food

Still popular with foodies despite the ban, Thailand’s capital is Bangkok, where it’s incredibly difficult to escape the delightful smell exuding from the food stalls. According to, at every corner you also come into contact with locals, who like to bring you closer to their culture on this way.

You should try this:

  • Thai curry
  • pad Thai
  • Sticky rice with mango
  • Papaya salad

In this context, I can recommend Bangkok’s night markets , because locals in particular like to eat there. When it comes to the selection of stands, there are now even street food guides who are supposed to make the selection much easier and also give helpful tips on the way so that you know exactly what is ahead of you. In general, it can be said that Thailand’s cuisine scores with freshness, healthy and light ingredients and quick preparation. The different curries are always recommended (have you read my Bangkok tips , do you know what to look for here!), Fried rice or fried noodles with all kinds of vegetables and all kinds of soups. And certainly one or the other is brave enough to do the same giving fried insects a chance. These are considered a delicacy in Thailand and score with their high protein content. Unfortunately, most of the street food stalls in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, have now been banned by the government . Nevertheless, you can still find the typical food stalls in the back streets of the metropolis. Kor hai mue nee pen mue arhan tea aroi na!

Singapore – the mother of street food

Singapore - the mother of street food

Have you already had to loosen your belt or have you even slipped into your sweatpants? Now it is time to mobilize the last of your strength to pay a visit to THE street food city par excellence.

You should try this:

  • Dim Sum
  • Satay skewers
  • Lor Mee
  • Katong Laksa
  • Curries

We’re talking about Singapore! An annual street food festival, countless guides to help you find the perfect location, huge malls that want to outdo each other in terms of the number of their street food stands. As you can see, everything in Singapore depends on the concept of “food to go”. Here, too, you should try curries, soups and noodles, but also try crabs (served whole) with chilli, “dim sum” (filled and steamed dumplings) or satay skewers with peanut sauce. A poem, I tell you. If you want something to look at with dessert, you should go for Ice Kacang. This “mountain” of all kinds of exotic ingredients gets its bright color from condensed milk, which is dripped over the top together with rose syrup and sarsis syrup. The saying “eat with your eyes” takes on a completely different meaning here, doesn’t it? You should definitely visit Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle , the cookshop has even been awarded a Michelin star .

That brings us to the end of my street food journey! Surely you were able to collect a few suggestions for your next travel destination and why shouldn’t this time be chosen based on its culinary highlights ? Have you discovered any interesting street food on your travels or do you have a tip for me as to where my next culinary journey should take me? Then always bring it on! Until then I have to get rid of some ballast …

Discoverers and vegetarians listened to and off to Tel Aviv

Now I’m going to Israel, more precisely to Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is not only an ideal destination to break out of your travel routine, it is also ideal for discovering new, exciting dishes.

You should try this:

  • Falafel
  • Hummus
  • Sabich
  • Shakshuka

Especially the vegetarians among you will find a true paradise here, but all dishes will certainly taste delicious to meat eaters. Falafel in all possible combinations is probably Tel Aviv’s most famous street food and is eaten here almost around the clock.

The fried balls (primarily made from pureed chickpeas or beans as well as spices and herbs) come with tahini (sesame paste) or hummus (chickpea puree) in a flatbread and can then be eaten with pleasure by hand. Sabich actually comes from Iraq, but is also gaining popularity in Israel. Behind this is a pita that is filled with fried aubergines, eggs, pickled cucumbers, onions and hummus, although the composition varies depending on the location and provider. You can find the best at Frishman Falafel & Frishman Sabich near Tel Aviv Port. With this delicacy in hand, you can then look for a quiet place on the harbor promenade and keep an eye on the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Vietnam Travel Plan

Vietnam Travel Plan

Shot for VM by abbreviationfinder, Vietnam is the country with friendly people, culture, food experiences and wonderful beaches. As a visitor here, you are regarded with curiosity and a never-failing hospitality. The Vietnamese culture is exciting and history is reminded everywhere in the many fascinating sights. Here is soft white sand, clear water and palm trees that provide much-needed shade. The Mekong River flows down from Laos via Cambodia and offers fantastic experiences along the way. Make short excursions from the boat and take the opportunity to visit the countryside, why not by bike! You can not get closer to the population, highly recommended.



Many travelers consider Hanoi to be the most beautiful capital city in Asia. It is the combination of esplanades surrounded by large trees and small intimate streets along with low-rise buildings and many open spaces with parks and lakes. In addition to this, Hanoi has active commercial life, good cafes, fantastic street food and many pagodas, churches and temples. You should experience this – it’s a great mix!

Halong Bay
Halong Bay takes your breath away! In this scenic area are no less than 3000 sugar-top-shaped islands that stretch towards the Chinese border. Crossing the turquoise waters and visiting the thousand-year-old limestone caves is a fantastic experience that will be long forgotten. There is a lot to discover and in the archipelago it is easy to find a peaceful place where you can swim, fish or just take it easy surrounded by majestic scenery. This is a very special and romantic getaway.

Hoi An
Is the highlight of any trip to Vietnam. This city is full of charm and history and has largely escaped destruction during all the wars that have befallen the country. The once sleepy village on the river bank is now a tourist town with hotels, restaurants, bars, tailors and souvenir shops dominating the streetscape of the old center. Despite this sense of unreality, Hoi An’s charisma is pervasive.

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, is the most modern and vibrant city in Vietnam. There are many reasons to stay a few days in Ho Chi Minh City and the historical sights are just a few of them. The Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnel showcase parts of modern Vietnamese history and are definitely worth a visit. The city offers beautiful art, exotic shopping and fragrant noodle soup. But perhaps it is still the knowledge that one of the most significant wars in modern history took place here that most people associate with the city.

A cruise that is far from today’s mammoth ships but instead a quiet journey that takes you back to colonial times. From the water you experience nature and local life in a completely different way than from land. Houses, villages, temples and people’s smiles come very close. The Mekong River is the lifeblood of millions of people and it is teeming with life both in the water and along the shores. There is always something to stare at or someone to wave to. The river is one of the world’s longest and most water – rich.


Saigon “by night”.
You will be picked up with scooters at the hotel at 18.00. Your first stop is at Café Zoom to “see the world go by” (quoted by Lonely Planet), enjoy a cocktail and light meals before your dinner at a local restaurant. You will experience Saigon’s nightlife as the locals do, everything from the saddle of a Vespa. You make your way through the bustling traffic to Chinatown and then to District 4, along busy streets and alleys, to experience the nightlife, try food and drink from street food, places that few tourists find on their own. You continue from District 4 to District 3 and pass through the center on the way to Banh Xeo, with food specialties from southern Vietnam. A little later in the evening you make a back-street stop at a café with live music and finally you have a drink at a local bar before you return to your hotel at 22.00.


According to Countryaah, Vietnam stretches just over 160 km along the Gulf of Tonkin, the South China Sea and the Gulf of Siam in Southeast Asia. The country borders China, Laos and Cambodia and is on the surface as three quarters of Sweden. Where it is narrowest, the country is only 50 km from the coast to the western border.


Vietnam is located in the tropical region and especially in the south, the climate is hot and humid. Since a large part of the country is mountainous, the climate elsewhere is rather subtropical. In the north and at high altitudes it can be really cool.


Swedish citizens can stay in Vientnam for up to 15 days without a visa. A valid passport and departure ticket must be presented on arrival. If you do not have an exit ticket or want to stay in the country for more than 15 days, you should apply for a visa in advance.

A visa is required for Cambodia.


Viet Nam Dong VND

100VND = 0.04SEK


Vietnamese is the official language. At least thirty minority languages ​​(eg Thai, Thai, Chinese).


Mandatory – The yellow fever vaccination is required if you arrive from certain countries in Africa or South America.

Recommended – Malaria prophylaxis. Check with your vaccination center for personal needs.

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