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Money and costs

Currency
Baht (฿)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 19, 2018 5:30AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
1000B
  • Basic guesthouse room: 600–1000B
  • Market/street stall meal: 40–100B
  • Small bottle of beer: 100B
  • Public transport around town: 20–50B
Midrange
1000–4000B
  • Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room: 1000–4000B
  • Western lunches and seafood dinner: 150–350B
  • Organised tour or activity: 1000–1500B
  • Motorbike hire: 150–250B
Top end (more than)
4000B
  • Boutique hotel room: 4000B
  • Meal at fine-dining restaurant: 350–1000B
  • Private tours: 2000B
  • Car hire: from 800B per day

Most places in Thailand deal only with cash. Some foreign credit cards are accepted in high-end establishments.

Tipping

Tipping is not generally expected in Thailand, though it is appreciated. The exception is loose change from a large restaurant bill – if a meal costs 488B and you pay with a 500B note, some Thais will leave the change. It’s a way of saying ‘I’m not so money grubbing as to grab every last baht’. At many hotel restaurants and upmarket eateries, a 10% service charge will be added to your bill.