The stories on a recent tripadvisor thread are making me rethink the way we will pay for things in Thailand. Usually on vacation I use my credit card to pay for most things, but it appears I should find an alternative for Thailand due to the amount of credit card fraud - some people even suspect that staff at reputable hotels and the airport duty free shop may be the guilty parties. I’m also concerned about skimming at ATM’s. I think I will be buying prepaid visa cards to buy things and obtain cash from ATM’s. We have prepaid Le Meridien through expedia and the hotel at Koh Lanta already has my credit card number to secure the reservation, but I may still pay for that with a prepaid visa card when I am there.
Has anyone ever used a prepaid visa card at hotel check in when they ask for a credit card imprint as security in case of any unpaid items and if so, what balance it would need (what sort of balance do they check authorization for)? I'll try contacting the hotels, but if anyone has any real life experience that would be helpful.