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Currency information

Code THB
Symbol ฿
1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 satang, ฿1, ฿2, ฿5, ฿10
฿20, ฿50, ฿100, ฿500, ฿1000

Welcome to Thailand!

The Thais will make you feel right at home in the Land of Smiles. There’s no end to the number of reasons why travellers flock to Thailand. The unique culture, beautiful beaches, funky markets and adventurous landscape is a playground waiting to be explored. And let us not forget what’s really important – the authentic Thai food.

ATM access

3.5/5 stars  You’ll find ATMs on every corner in busy cities, but might not be as lucky on the islands or rural areas. The fees are fairly steep, so perhaps withdraw enough for a few days.


There isn’t a tipping culture, baht it is always appreciated!

Phone and Internet access

You’ll find free Wi-Fi almost everywhere.

Daily cost

We’ll have 10 Pad Thais, thank  you very much.

Coffee:  NZ$1.35 (regular cappuccino)
Water:  NZ$0.45 (330mL bottle)
Beer:  NZ$5.30 (pint in a bar)
Food:  NZ$2.10 (pad thai)
Taxi:  NZ$23 (Phuket Airport – city)
Big Mac:  NZ$7.65 (pricey but familiar)

Daily budget

Budget:  Around NZ$90/day (2x cheap meals, supermarket   snacks, a tuk-tuk ride and a Thai massage)
Moderate:  Around NZ$165/day (3x restaurant meals, supermarket   snacks, a tuk-tuk ride and entry to elephant sanctuary)
Luxury:  Around NZ$220/day (3x restaurant meals,   supermarket snacks and a floating markets tour)

Safety rating

3.5/5 stars - Be on alert and keep your valuables discreetly out of view when out trekking the streets. And maybe don’t attend political demonstrations or rallies while you’re there.

Travel Money Trivia

Money in any  shell or form 
Shells, clay coins and pot duang were used as legal tender before notes and coins.
Store it carefully
For this same reason, it’s offensive to store notes in your back pocket.
Employees  of the year  
At just 0.62% Thailand has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world.
The royal family are depicted on banknotes so it’s considered rude to throw or stamp on cash.
Littering is a big no-no in Thailand and carries fines up to THB 2,000.

Let's talk money

A holiday in Thailand can be jam-packed with fun activities without blowing your budget. The ATM fees in Thailand can get pretty high, so stock up on plenty of cash before you go. And be mindful to only withdraw decent amounts of baht, so you make the most of your travel money.

  • Use cash for street food and markets
  • Store your cash in separate places
  • Friendly haggling is fine at markets
  • “Too good to be true” deals often are
  • Massages are cheaper than you’d expect
  • Have clothing tailored for almost nothing
  • The biggest expenses are the activities (tours, water sports etc.)

Must do

Khao Yai  National Park
Trek, hike or bike trails with amazing wildlife such as elephants, deer and bears.
Bamboo rafting 
Take a relaxing float down a river in Thailand on a bamboo raft. Calm, tranquil, and 100% awesome.
Grand Palace
You can’t go to Bangkok and not see their most famous (and spectacular) landmark.
Wat Phra That
Doi Suthep On top of a mountain sits one of their most sacred, ornate temples, with a rich history behind it.
Floating market
You certainly won’t see  one of these back at home. Don’t miss your chance to  pick up some groceries  a la boat.

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Travel Money NZ has sought to ensure that the information is true and correct at the time of publication. Prices, details and services are subject to change without notice, and Travel Money NZ accepts no responsibility or liability for any such changes, including any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on any information provided. Daily Cost: All prices are approximations. Your costs may differ depending on where you go, where you shop, and their individual factors. Daily Budget: Costs are estimated per person and do not include accommodation.