Almost all shops, restaurants and entertainment venues accept payments by plastic cards. Only tourists, who plan to make many purchases in open markets and small shops that are located in the suburban area, will need a sufficient amount of cash.
The most advantageous to pay for goods and services is to use the national currency. Tourists can exchange money in banks or specialized exchange offices. When exchanging money, tourists should pay attention not only to the exchange rate, but also to the amount of commission charged. The institutions located near hotels usually charge the highest commission.
Local people are usually very fond of their native language and are reluctant to communicate in other languages, even if they speak them fluently. Holidaymakers are recommended to take a French phrase book with them and learn how to say a few phrases in the local language. This will help to establish communication with locals and show respect for their culture.
The daily schedule of local people is displaced to evening, and so many government offices, restaurants and shopping centers open quite late. Dinner is usually served in restaurants after 20:00, and some entertainment facilities can serve guests until late at night.
Tourists are welcome to rent a car in one of numerous rental agencies. In order to be eligible for this, tourists should have a driving license of the international standard and a credit card with required amount of collateral in the account. The longer rental period is, the lower daily rate will be offered.