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Money and costs

Currency
Baht (฿)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 02, 2015 1:45PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
1000B
  • Basic guesthouse room: 300–800B
  • Market and street stall meal: 40–60B
  • One beer: 100B
  • Get-around town with public transport: 20–50B
Midrange
1000–3000B
  • Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room: 800–1500B
  • Western lunches and seafood dinner: 150–350B
  • Organised tour or activity: 1000–1500B
  • Motorbike hire: 300–500B
Top end (more than)
3000B
  • Boutique hotel room: 3000B
  • Fine dining: 350–500B
  • Private tours: 1500B
  • Car hire: 1500B

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 baht in 1B, 2B, 5B and 10B coins. Older coins have Thai numerals only, while newer coins have Thai and Arabic numerals. The 2B coin is similar in size to the 1B coin but it 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 the following denominations: 20B (green), 50B (blue), 100B (red), 500B (purple) and 1000B (beige).

Tipping

  • Tipping is not standard but it is appreciated. If there is a small bit of change from a restaurant bill or metered taxi fare, it is common to offer it as a tip.