Money & costs
All major Thai banks have several branches throughout Chiang Mai, many of them along Th Tha Phae; most are open from 8.30am to 3.30pm. In the well-touristed areas – for example, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Th Tha Phae and Th Moon Muang – you’ll find ATMs and bank-operated foreign-exchange booths open as late as 8pm.
SK Moneychanger (0 5327 1864; 73/8 Th Charoen Prathet; 8am-6pm Mon-Sat) Private agency specialising in cash exchanges in several currencies. Travellers cheques are also accepted, usually at better rates than banks.
Western Union (0 5322 4979; Central department store, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre, Th Huay Kaew) Also at any post office; send or receive money by wire.