I am going to Syria next month, on a tour, so mainly prepaid, but the Footprint guide, admittedly 6 years old, says you can't get cash out on an ATM, only use credit cards for purchases in upmarket places. Is this still so? Obvously you can change cash at a bank (queues and hullaballoo) or I guess at hotels (poor exchange rate?). Travellers cheques? If so which company is best? I like to have some cash in my pocket, and always try to collect small denominations for the needed tips - I've been several times to Egypt etc.....Should I take lots of $US 1 & 5 bills, which I find readily acceptable everywhere?
Any "tips" from travellers gratefully received.