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Currency information

Code THB
Symbol ฿
Coins
1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 satang, ฿1, ฿2, ฿5, ฿10
Banknotes
฿20, ฿50, ฿100, ฿500, ฿1000

Expert tip

Treat Thai currency with respect because each coin and note depicts royalty; Thailand has strict laws in place against defaming the king or his relatives in any way. For example, this means you should never step on a banknote (even to stop it from blowing away).

ATM access

3/5 stars  fair. Is is reasonably easy to locate an ATM.

Tipping

Tipping is not really an attribute of Thai culture. Taxi drivers, for example, do not expect tips. Hotel staff do not anticipate tips either, though maids and porters will usually accept up to 50 baht if you want to express your gratitude. At less expensive eating venues, it is polite to round up bills for convenience or leave some loose change behind when leaving. Waiters at more expensive restaurants will expect a tip of 10% or more, unless a service fee is included in the bill.

Bargaining scale

3/5 stars  some bargaining is acceptable.

Thai merchants are generally opento some playful haggling, especially stall owners at markets. Keep the negotiation light, friendly and respectful for the best experience (and hopefully the best bargains!).

Card access

Most places will allow you to pay for goods with a credit or debit card. However, it’s a good idea to keep some cash (200 baht or more) on hand for small purchases and shopping at the markets. Notify your bank in advance if you are planning to make payments via card during your stay in Thailand. This way, your overseas transactions won’t appear suspicious and you won't risk your bank accounts being frozen while you're on holiday.

Cost of a coffee

25-50 baht

Transport

Most destinations in Thailand present you with plenty of transport options, from city buses and taxis to tuk-tuks and 3-wheeled pedicabs. You can expect to pay around 20-50 baht for most public transit trips. If a taxi doesn’t have a meter, be sure to negotiate your rate before setting off.

Pickpocket security rating

2/5 stars  theft is common.

Take extra care of your personal belongings and cash when in Thailand, particularly when shopping in the market stalls or crowded streets of Bangkok. Keep your wallet in one of your front pockets or in a thief-proof pouch under your clothes. Note that some pickpockets will work in pairs – one person distracting you with friendly conversation while the other swipes your money.
 

Scammers and ripoffs

There are various scams to be on the lookout for in Thailand. Inparticular, there have been situations where, after hiring a jet ski, tourists have been accused of damaging the equipment and ordered to pay compensation. Be selective when seeking a vendor if you choose to hire a jet ski on a Thai beach. Other frauds to be aware of include card skimming at ATMs and knock-off gems and other jewellery.

Departure tax

A 700 baht departure tax is usually included in the price of flight tickets.

Visa costs

Australians and New Zealanders can holiday in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. This is called a "visa exemption". If you enter Thailand through a border crossing overland, then you will be allowed to stay for up to 15 days without getting a visa in advance, restricted to two entries per calendar year. A visa is required for longer stays or if you are intending to work in Thailand. A Multiple Entry Tourist visa is valid for six months and allows you to stay for up to 60 days per visit. Thai authorities are very strict on foreigners who overstay their visa and severe penalties are in place.

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