Currency of Thailand
The exchange rate of Thai currency to the ruble/dollar/Euro
During the years of crisis and fall of the Russian economy the value of the Thai baht caught up with the ruble's value, and then greatly surpassed. Now the ruble has become much cheaper Thai baht, and counting one by one, as was done a few years ago, unacceptable. For a rough translation of the amount in Thai baht to Russian rubles multiply the amount in baht by about 2 (more precisely, 2.3). For example, 100 baht is approximately equal to 230 rubles.
The exchange rate (Thai baht) today ()
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Money, currency of Thailand
The monetary unit of Thailand is the baht (THB). One bath 100 satang. In circulation are coins of 25 and 50 satang, 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht; banknotes come in denominations of 10 baht, 20 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, 500 baht and 1,000 baht.
Satang coins are virtually out of circulation and almost never occur.
In Thailand only accept payment in local money. Payment in dollars or euros is not possible, with the exception that payment for excursions and other services of tourist guides personally.
What currency is better to take in Thailand
You can safely take the dollar or the Euro: not much difference in the Grand total after exchange of one or the other will not. Everywhere without any problems it is possible to change both dollars and euros, as well as a dozen popular world currencies. The rate for large bills in dollars (50 or 100) higher than in small bills, so it makes sense to take large bills. Small dollars for settlement is not necessary, the whole calculation in the Kingdom only in Baht. Here, for example, the rate one of the exchange offices of Thailand on the banknotes of different advantages:
- $1-$2 - of 30.18 baht
- $5-$20 - 30,57 bat
- $50-$100 - 31,0 bat
It turns out that if you exchange 100 dollars in small and large bills, the difference will 82 baht.
Is it possible to exchange rubles
In the Bangkok airport, popular tourist resorts and cities, you can easily find exchange offices and banks that change and rubles. But the course is usually set extremely unprofitable, and double conversion through dollars, even with all the commissions, is always beneficial. So rubles in Thailand better supplies to the most critical case.
However, it is worth noting that in recent years, the demand for the ruble on the popular Thai resorts of Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok has grown, and you can find bureaux de change with a decent rate, when the loss in the direct exchange of rubles will not be as significant. For example, as of April 2019 in network exchanger Superrich, which traditionally offers the best exchange rate loss the sum of the exchange 100 USD equivalent of rubles directly is only 20 baht. However, the high rate for the ruble at exchange offices even on the same network, so be careful. To test the real exchange rate in various exchange offices on the following websites https://www.superrichthailand.com or https://www.superrich1965.com
If you have a choice on what to change rubles before travelling to Thailand, dollars or euros, it is better to give preference to the dollar (at least at the moment). But if you already have a certain amount in euros, it is not necessary to run to the exchanger and exchange them for dollars before you travel to Thailand. Loss when converting from euros to dollars you will lose more.
Where to change currency in Thailand
Attention! When exchanging currency in the official exchange of Thailand ask the passport, as stipulated by the law. Without presenting a passport, you can refuse to exchange.
If you arrive in Thailand by plane, you can exchange some dollars at the airport, so that you have the money for small expenses, the exchange rate in the airports in Thailand is acceptable. But do not rush to change everything at once money at the airport, in the cities you will find the course a few better deal. For example, the course on the same day in the Bangkok airport - 30.25 baht per dollar, in the resorts and in Bangkok - 31.95 baht per dollar. Total difference when you exchange $ 100 will be 70 baht.
If you arrive at Bangkok international airport Suvarnabhumi, there is a very favorable exchange rate, even higher than in some places in the city. Feel free to change the money for the first time. This exchanger is located on the lower level of the airport near the turnstiles at the entrance to the airport subway Airport Rail Link (ARL).
To change money in exchange offices at hotels and guesthouses is not necessary — the course was not the best. Best to do it in exchange offices (paragraphs labeled Exchange) or banks. In any supermarket there is the exchange office of any Bank. Major banks are usually open only on weekdays from 8:30 to 22:00; small banks and licensed exchange offices are open on weekdays from 8:30-09:30 and 15:00-15:30. In resort areas the operation of banks are usually more long lasting.
In tourist areas currency exchange offices can be found almost on kagom step. The difference in rates is small, but if you want to find the best rate, walk a little down the street, look at the courses (no need to even go in banks or exchange offices, the exchange rates usually visible from the street), and then place povygodney. Also keep in mind that the exchange rate depends on the denomination notes, which you change (courses for different categories of dignity reflect on the scoreboard with the course): the lowest rate offered for banknotes from 1 to 20 dollars, with a high for the banknotes of the new sample value of 50 and 100 dollars (the difference can be up to 2-3%). Wrinkled and old bills may refuse to accept or take at a reduced rate.
There is another point: the exchange of USD banknotes of the old sample (up to 1993) and notes some of the later model years are not always and not everywhere (you can not make even in the Bank) that is due to the large number of fakes this year.
Traveler's checks and credit cards
In major resort areas is often better to use traveler's checksthan cash. The rate for traveler's checks is slightly higher than for cash, and in most of exchange offices it is the exchange rate of traveler's checks is listed in bold letters to attract customers. However, for each transaction with a traveler's check is charged a fee of 30 baht plus 3 baht for the stamp, so better to use traveller's cheques of large value of $ 100 or more. Trade in cheese is produced only by banks and exchange offices banks.
The use of plastic cards in Thailand is very common. Pay card even in the smallest shop, there are ATMs at almost every turn on the streets, in the Mall, large stores and institutions. Thailand banks is a high-risk country, and therefore before a trip it is best to inform your Bank that you will be in a certain period in a certain country, or after the first transaction card may be blocked. Usually your Bank can inform about the phone number on the map, and in some cases you will have to go into the Bank and notify operators.
When withdrawing cash at ATMs charges fee of 150-180 baht (341.87-410.25 RUB), regardless of the withdrawal amount. The fee is deducted in addition to the interest for the withdrawal and conversion of money, which are set by the Bank card Issuer (the Bank which issued the card). In addition, a number of banks determines the maximum possible one-time to withdrawal the sum of not more than 10 thousand baht (22791.41 RUB), some can give up to 20 thousand baht. The rare exceptions are ATMs located inside banks. When removing the cash before you finally click "Give money", you can see on the ATM screen information on the fees to the current amount. Of course, the exchange was profitable, it is better to find an ATM that gives a single large amount, and shoot right to the maximum. In General, the exchange through cash in Thailand is still cheaper than cash withdrawals at ATMs. To pay for goods and services plastic card is advantageous, since no additional fees will be charged.
Phone in case of loss of plastic card or checks:
- 02 252 2212 Mastercard/Visa
- 02 233 5644 Diners Club
- 02 273 5296 American Express
- 02 256 2816 Thomas Cook
The import and export of currency
Limit on the amount of imported and exported cash foreign and Thai currency, however, when import and export is subject to compulsory Declaration, any foreign currency equivalent to the amount of over 20 thousand dollars. You don't have to pay any fees, you are only obligated to declare the amount to answer all the questions of the customs officer. The procedure Declaration in the Bangkok airport Suvarnabhumi is on the fourth floor and takes less than 15 minutes.
When the export of Thai currency in the amount of 50,000 baht (113957.06) or more also need to go through the procedure of declaring. The export of Thai currency in Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam is limited to the amount of 500,000 baht.
Tipping in Thailand
Gratuities are accepted only in tourist areas, but not mandatory. Give them porters (5-10 baht), taxi drivers (round the counter to 5-10 baht) and guides, and hotel workers (maid - 10-20 baht a day will be enough if you feel that your room is well cleaned, or if you want to have been well removed in the future). In restaurants (service charge) is often included in the bill as a separate line. In those places where this is done, you can leave 10%.