The Thai unit of currency is the Baht which is worth about 2p One Pound Sterling
is about 55 baht ( as at 25th August 2009 ) . The baht is divided into 100 satang.
"Copper" coins are valued at 25 and 50 satang. "Silver" coins are in denominations
of 1 and 5 baht. A 10 baht coin is composed of both "silver" and "copper". Banknotes
are valued at 20 Baht (green), 50 Baht (blue), 100 Baht (red), 500 Baht (purple)
and 1,000 Baht (grey)
It is customary to tip porters, taxi drivers and hotel personnel who have given good
personal service. A 10%-15% tip is appreciated in restaurants, particularly where
service charge is waived.
Travellers Cheque's/Credit Cards:
Us dollar travellers cheque's can be conveniently cashed at all provincial banks
and authorized money changers. Travellers cheque's in other currencies are best changed
in Bangkok where better rates are lower than those offered by banks and authorised
Major international credit cards, such as American Express, Diner, Carte Blanche,
Master Change and VISA are accepted by major banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.
Thai and foreign banks provide standard services nationwide, Monday through Friday
except public and bank holidays, between 9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
Major banks such as Bangkok Bank, Krung Thai Bank and Thai Farmers Bank operate currency
exchange centres in most tourist area from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., seven days a week
Many first-class hotels provide 24 hours money exchange services but only for major
currencies such as American dollars, British pounds, German marks and Swiss francs.
Travellers cheque's are generally accepted only from genuine hotel guests.
Those possessing valid International Driving Licenses may prefer to hire automobiles.
English language road signs and maps are commonplace. The Bangkok Yellow Pages list
local and international automobile rental companies. Visitors are advised to shop
around since most companies offer different conditions. Self-drive and chauffeur-driven
automobiles are widely available.
International car hire companies such as Avis and Hertz also operate in Pattaya,
Hat Yai, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Samui Island.