What is Thailand’s currency? If you are thinking of travelling to this fantastic destination in Southeast Asia, surely this is one of the first questions you ask yourself along with where it is more profitable to change money or what commission you will apply when you use an ATM. Just arrived from this country -which has already fascinated me-, here you have everything you need to know to manage with ease during your trip in economic terms.
Currency of Thailand: banknotes and coins
The official currency of Thailand is the bath (THB) which is divided into 100 satangs.
Current banknotes correspond to:
20 bahts (green)
50 bahts (blue)
100 bahts (red)
500 bahts (violet)
1000 bahts (beige)
Regarding currency, in Thailand you will find coins of 1, 2, 5 and 10 bahts. Somewhere I read that there are also coins of 25 and 50 satangs, but I did not see any during my stay so I assume that perhaps they have been withdrawn from circulation.
The Thai baht or THB. How do you know which bank gives you the best exchange rate in real time?
Before my trip, when I was profiling an approximate balance of expenses, I discovered this website that compares the exchange rate in different Thai banks in real time. It is very useful to get the most out of the Thai currency as you only have to find the bank that offers the best exchange and locate the cashier of that entity. Something that will be extraordinarily easy for you since you will find ATM (Automated Teller Machine) at every step.
Current average bank exchange rate: 1 EUR = 33.32 THB
Thai currency. What commission will you pay when you use an ATM?
There’s no trick here. The ATM fee in Thailand is 220 THB per withdrawal. It’s almost €7 whatever amount you withdraw, so try to use them as little as possible so your wallet doesn’t suffer too much.
TIP TRAVELLER → Before you start your trip, remember to notify your bank that you are going to travel to Thailand so that they do not block your cards thinking that it is fraudulent operations.
Where is it better to exchange money in Thailand?
Without a doubt, Thai banks and bureaux de change are the best options. As is usually the case in most countries, at the airport and in hotels the commissions are usually higher and the change much worse. My recommendation? Change about 30€ at the airport for the first expenses and bring euros in cash to be able to change them according to your needs.
Prices Thailand 2019: how much does it cost to rent a beer or a motorbike?
Now that you know all about Thai currency, here is a list of the prices you will find in Thailand. My goal with these references is to help you plan more accurately the budget of your next trip to this seductive country, and that the trip is as cheap as possible.
Generally speaking, you should know that the north of Thailand is cheaper than the south as it does not concentrate as many tourists as the famous Andaman coast, where you can find star destinations such as the islands Phi Phi, Phuket or Koh Tao, or the Gulf Coast, with Koh Phangan and Ang Thong Marine National Park at the head.
That said, here are the approximate prices you’ll find in Thailand. Make a note:
TRANSFERS IN THAILAND
KOH SAMUI-BANGKOK SUVARNABHUMI FLIGHT (with Bangkok Airways): 4,520 baths
BANGKOK SUVARNABHUMI-CHIANG MAI FLIGHT (with Thai Airways): from 1,300 baths
CHIANG MAI-KRABI FLIGHT (with AirAsia): 1,500/1,700 baths
FERRY KOH PHANGAN-KOH SAMUI: 300 baths
BANGKOK TRAIN (HUA LAMPHONG)-AYUTTHAYA: 15 baths
DON MUEANG-AYUTTHAYA AIRPORT TRAIN: 11 baths
CHIANG MAI-CHIANG RAI BUS (Greenbus): 180 baths
TRANSFER KOH LANTA-RAILAY: 500 baths
TRANSFER KOH LANTA- KOH LIPE: 1.300 baths
TRANSFER KOH LANTA- KOH PHI PHI: 400 baths
TRANSFER KOH LANTA- RAILAY: 550 baths
RENT A MOTORBIKE
Depending on the place, it should cost you between 150 and 200 baths a day. If you are going to rent it for several days, don’t hesitate to negotiate the final price.
PRICE OF THE GASOLINE: The bottles of a liter that you will find every two by three are around the 40-50 baths, but you must know that it is more expensive to refuel at a gas station.
EXCURSIONS IN THAILAND:
FAST LANCHA EXCURSION TO PHI ISLANDS (+ Bamboo, Koh Kai, Koh Mor and Koh Poda from Krabi): 2,500 baths. Includes transfers from/to hotel, guide, picnic, juices and soft drinks and snorkeling equipment.
EXCURSION TO ANG THONG (from Koh Phangan): 1,800 baths. Includes transfer to the hotel, guide, buffet, juices and soft drinks, snorkeling equipment and canoes.
TRAVEL INSURANCE PRICE FOR THAILAND: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TRAVEL KNOWING THAT THEY TAKE CARE OF YOU?
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I never get tired of repeating how vital it is to travel with a good travel insurance. For more than a year I have placed my absolute trust in InterMundial, a company specialized in the tourism sector. In fact, I have contracted your annual Totaltravel formula with which not only do I save money – by travelling so much and so much compensation – but I also gain peace of mind thanks to your broad international coverage before, during and after my escapes.
International medical assistance 24 hours a day, cancellation and interruption, theft, loss or damage of luggage, delays, expenses caused by loss of services, damage caused to third parties, early return, online claims processing … To help you decide which insurance is best suited to your needs, here are some examples based on a stay in Thailand from 17 to 22 days with its corresponding price:
TOTALTRAVEL: 120.36 € TOTALTRAVEL ANNUAL (World coverage): 296.92 € TOTALTRAVEL FAMILY (4 insured): 409.24 € TOTALSPORTS SPORTS INSURANCE (annual modality): 199.13 €.
If you do numbers, you will see that the daily cost of your insurance more than compensates its price and more considering how extraordinarily expensive a medical consultation can be in this destination. So please:
DON’T RISK IT. DON’T ARGUE. NO UNINSURED TRAVEL
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FOOD AND DRINK PRICES IN THAILAND:
Almost a month of travel in Thailand gives to taste many flavors that are new for a western palate. Delicious fruits such as mango, dragon fruit, mangosteen, rambutan, bananas -small and addictive like few-, mini pineapples grown in northern Thailand; typical dishes such as the omnipresent pad thai, meat or fish skewers, soups, desserts that it is impossible to refuse like mango sticky rice….
The range of gastro-experiences is as varied as the prices of these delicacies that vary -and much- if you consume them in the street stalls or in a restaurant. Here are some examples:
PAD THAI: between 40 and 70 bathsFRUTA: a piece of fruit costs between 20 and 40 baths.PINKS: between 15 and 20 bathsARROZ WITH CHICKEN: 40 bathsMANGO STICKY RICE: between 50 and 60 bathsTHAI PANCAKES (sweet or salty): between 50 and 70 bathsSANDWICHES HOT: between 25 and 35 baths in any 7-ElevenCAFÉ: about 60 bathsCOCA COLA, FANTA, ETC.between 14 and 20 bathsERVEZA: between 80 and 150 baths depending on the place and if it is national or imported.
GASTROTIP→ If you don’t like spicy food, always ask for it without spice, or “mai phet”. Sometimes it’ll work better than others, but just to try and make it go away. A mnemonic trick? My pet in English.
You can’t say you’ve been to Thailand if you don’t put yourself in the hands of their expert masseurs. The classic, of course, is the Thai massage that you will see announced everywhere as Thai massage. Although the first time the stretching techniques and the pressure they exert can be annoying, I assure you that you will come out as new. Another more delicate option is the oil massage which is much more similar to the type of massages offered in Europe. But the offer doesn’t end here. Exfoliating massages (body scrub), foot massages, facials… A whole universe of pleasure with the unmistakable Thai seal.
EASTING PRICE OF MASSAGES:Thai massage (1h): between 220 and 300 bathsFoot massage (1h): 300 bathsOil massage (1h): 400 bathsBody scrub (1h): 600 baths
Now I do. With all this information about Thailand’s currency and destination prices, you can start planning your next getaway to a country that won’t leave you indifferent. Sawat di khrap, Thailand!