Excellent suggestions here, if I may add one more.
As posters have mentioned, NEVER pull cash advances from an ATM as the fees are outrageous. However, one of the giant discount brokerages going by the name of "Chuck" offers a free bank account and Visa ATM card with absolutely no fees, no foreign transaction, bank-level exchange rates, and full reimbursement of any and all local ATM fees charged. I've used the card abroad (including Asia) for several years, and it really is the best product out there. If I remember correctly, there is no minimum balance either, so you can just tra