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Money & costs


Moneychangers everywhere will change crisp, near-new US dollars into som.

AKB Bank (5 37 45; Toktogul; 8.30am-noon & 1-3pm Mon-Fri) Changes US-dollar travellers cheques intosom for a 3% commission (minimum US$5) and gives cash advances on Visa and MasterCard for 2.5% commission.Go in the main building, turn left and head upstairs; look for the Western Union sign.