In Pictures: MONEY in ASIA

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Several minutes after crossing the border into Uzbekistan I exchanged $20; in return, I got a wad of bills wrapped in a rubber band.

 

 

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From Uzbekistan I crossed into Turkmenistan, where I met a money changer on the street and peered into his bag of cash.  The exchange rate on the street was five times better than at the state bank.

 

 

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From these Central Asian nations I worked my way to Turkey and, after a visit to the ATM at a bank in the Black Sea port of Trabzon, came away a millionaire.  A few weeks after my visit, Turkey would be reissuing its currency, knocking off several of the zeros to give it a new look.

 

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In some countries, such as in Vietnam, the same person appears on every bill (in this case Ho Chi Minh).

 

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 This is a woman at a rice depot in Cholon, a district of Saigon, counting her cash.

 

 

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Money in Laos

 

 

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Gandhi in India

 

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 Waitresses sorting through bills in Kyrgyzstan

 

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My first bills in Pakistan

 

 

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An assortment of several Southeast Asian countries' currencies (plus some US bills in the middle)

About the Author ()

I'm a freelance photographer and writer who focuses on travel. I sell my work on istockphoto -- www.istock.com/jcarillet -- and have published a book called 30 REASONS TO TRAVEL: PHOTOGRAPHS AND REFLECTIONS FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA

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