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About the currency
Coins and notes
Need help making sense of the Thai baht? We’ve got you covered. Thailand notes are available in ฿20, ฿50, ฿100, ฿500, and ฿1000 denominations, along with a few leftover ฿10 notes (these were discontinued years ago, but can still occasionally be found in circulation). Prepare to have plenty of pocket change, as Thailand coins comes in 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, ฿1, ฿2, ฿5 and ฿10 pieces (the 1c, 5c and 10c pieces are rarely seen these days, so you probably won’t have to worry about them).
Facts about the currency:
- The Thai baht has been the official currency of Thailand since 1897, but it is thought to have been in circulation since the 1400s! The Thai baht is also unofficially used in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, so it wouldn’t hurt to keep some THB if any of these destinations are next on your itinerary.
- All Thai baht coins and notes bear a portrait of a member of the royal family, so it’s seen as a sign of disrespect if banknotes and coins are thrown or stood on. For this reason, it’s also seen as disrespectful if you put your wallet in the back pocket of your pants and sit on it.
- ฿540,000 (more than US$15,000) is what you will pay for the world's most expensive cocktail, served in Vivaldi Restaurant in Bangkok. The cocktail is garnished with a 5-karat ruby instead of an olive. Holy moly!
- Some rural areas of Thailand put small denomination notes on display in their shop windows to show respect to the king.
- You can be fined up to ฿2,000 in Thailand if you are caught littering on the pavement, so watch where you throw that gum wrapper.
Once you’re done dreaming about all the Pad Thai you’ll get to eat, check out the rates chart to wise up on the Australian dollar to baht exchange rate. All you need to do is set a date range to see recent trends. You can also sign up for currency alerts - so you have more baht to barter with in beautiful Thailand.