Thailand money and costs FAQ
- What is the exchange rate today ?
- Is Thailand expensive ?
- How should I bring money to Thailand ? Which currency is
best to bring ? Should I get some baht before I enter Thailand ?
- What type of credit card is mostly widely accepted in Thailand
- What's the exchange rate like at Bangkok airport ?
- How easy is it to get a casual job in Thailand ?
- Should I tip ? How much ?
- How much can I go I bargain a price down ?
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| What's the exchange rate today ?
At the moment, approximately 45B = 1US$. You can get the precise rate for a list of currencies from Bangkok bank.
|Is Thailand expensive ?
For a lot of things, Thailand is very cheap. A meal can be had for
20B in some roadside restaurants, a cheap room in a guesthouse for 100B
or less. For better quality, the price goes up but it remains very good
value compared to western countries. There is a list of example prices
in the Bangkok Introduction
|How should I bring money to
Thailand ? Which currency is best to bring ? Should I get some baht before
I enter Thailand ?
The most popular way of bringing money to Thailand nowadays seems to
be with traveller's cheques and/or ATM debit cards. You probably get
a slightly better deal through an ATM than with a traveller's cheque
(this depends on what your bank charges for withdrawals).
Comments: Some banks now have exchange services at convenient
locations outside of normal branches. For example, the BTS
platform has several mini bank booths offering currency exchange.
|What type of credit card is most widely accepted
in Thailand ?
Visa is the best to take, then Mastercard, with American Express a fairly distant third. They are quite widely accepted but take care where you use them as Thailand has one of the world's highest level of credit card fraud.
|What's the exchange rate like at Bangkok
Unlike airports in many other places in the world, the exchange rate
at Bangkok airport is just about as good as you can get anywhere else
downtown. It will certainly cheaper to change money here than at a currency
exchange in your home country.
|How easy is it to get a casual job in Thailand ?
Most foreigners doing this kind of work in Thailand work as English
teachers, as this is really the only work opportunity available. Legally,
you can't work without a work permit (which is difficult to get, you
must have a degree amongst other requirements). A reputable language
school should provide this for you, but not all of them will. Even if
you're unqualified, getting a job is relatively easy but it will only
pay around 25000B a month. If you don't get a work visa, you are in
a very weak position and can't do anything if the school decides not
to pay you for any reason, or the Immigration bureau decides to check
|Should I tip ? How much ?
At restaurants, it is usual to leave any coins given as change as a tip - This is why 20B change will almost always be given to you in coins rather than a 20B note ! For taxis, fares are often rounded up to the nearest 5B or 10B.
|How much can I bargain a price down ?
This is impossible to answer, but in general prices aren't many times what they should be. You can often bargain down between 25% and 40%, but this is not a fixed rule. Being friendly, smiling a lot and speaking Thai are all likely to get you lower prices.
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