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Money and costs

Currency
Baht (฿)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 27, 2016 11:03AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
1000B
  • Basic guesthouse room: 400–1000B
  • Market/street stall meal: 40–100B
  • One beer: 100B
  • Public transport around town: 20–50B
Midrange
1000–3000B
  • Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room: 1000–3000B
  • Western lunches and seafood dinner: 150–350B
  • Organised tour or activity: 1000–1500B
  • Motorbike hire: 150-250B
Top end (more than)
3000B
  • Boutique hotel room: 3000B
  • Fine dining: 350–500B
  • Private tours: 2000B
  • Car hire: from 800B

The basic unit of Thai currency is the baht. There are 100 satang in one baht. Coins include 25-satang and 50-satang pieces and 1B, 2B, 5B and 10B coins. The 2B coin is similar in size to the 1B coin but is gold in colour. The two satang coins are typically only issued at supermarkets where prices aren’t rounded up to the nearest baht.

Paper currency is issued in 20B (green), 50B (blue), 100B (red), 500B (purple) and 1000B (beige) denominations.

Tipping

  • Tipping is not standard but it is appreciated. If there are a few coins left over from a restaurant bill or metered taxi fare, it is common to offer it as a tip.