Thailand Country Guide

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Currency

Thailand's currency is the baht (THB or ฿) and written in Thai as "บาท" or "บ". The currency comprises of six coins and six notes. The coins are 25 and 50 satang (copper coloured and nearly worthless, only readily accepted or handed by buses, supermarkets and 7-11s). Other coins include the 1, 5 (silver), 2 (gold) and 10 baht (silver/gold) coins. Currency notes are 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1000 (grey-brown) baht.

 
 
 
 
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The most useful Thai currencies tend to be the 1 to 10 baht coins and 20, 50 and 100 baht notes, as many small shops and stalls don't carry much change. Taxi drivers also like to pull the "no change" trick, therefore make sure you have sufficient mix of currencies before boarding. Beware of 1000 baht notes, as counterfeits are not uncommon - feel the embossing, look for the watermark and tilt the paper note to see the colour change to make sure the note is real.

Thailand's currency by arion potts

Costs

Thailand is not as cheap as it used to be with Bangkok being the second most expensive city in Southeast Asia after Singapore. However, careful budget travellers can still get along on 1,000 baht a day with a hostel bed or cheap room, three square meals and leave enough for transport, sightseeing and still have a little extra. Doubling the budget will get you a decent 3-star hotel and if willing to fork out 5,000 baht a day or more you can live like a king.

Bangkok requires a more generous budget than upcountry destinations but offers more competitive prices for shoppers. The popular tourist islands of Phuket and Ko Samui generally tend to cost more especially in the main tourist areas. If you do want to have an idea what the real Thai prices are, consider visiting the major super or hypermarket chains like Big C, Tesco or Carrefour where locals and expats routinely shop. You can find them in the major cities (Bangkok, there are dozens of them) and even on some larger islands such as Phuket and Ko Samui.

Shopping mall in Bangkok by Jarcje

 
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