Thai Baht - Travel Money Saving Tips
In between the busy cities and scattered towns of Thailand is the rural heartland, which is a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and villages living the farming lifestyle. In the north, the forests surround tall blue mountains scattered with shining waterfalls. In the south, scraggy limestone cliffs rise up from the cultivated landscape like ancient towers.
Travel tips for Thailand.
The official currency of Thailand is the Thai BAHT (pronounced - baaht). ATMs are everywhere and usually reliable, most Thai banks now charge a 200 baht fee per withdrawal when you use their ATMs with a foreign card.
Thailand is a very popular and safe place to travel to, but still always use common sense. Depending on the type of hotel, try not to leave credit cards, passports, and other valuables lying around your room when you are not there. Instead use the room safe, or the hotel main safe. If you want to store your cards there while out shopping (shopping is considered a national pastime) you could get a Travel Card before flying in to ease your mind.
Another good reason to get a Prepaid Travel Card is that credit card fraud exists in Thailand, as in any other country. If you must pay by credit card, don't let your card out of your sight. Watch as its used, and double check the purchase amount and currency, before signing or entering your pin number.
Be prepared to pay more than locals for many tourist attractions have two rates, where there can often be a rate for locals and a larger rate for tourists. Many tourists head to Thailand for its lovely beaches, just know that Thai beaches do not have lifeguards so try to stay in sight on other people, check all the signs, and avoid swimming on deserted beaches. Drink bottled water, its cold and cheap and since it can be hot all the time in Thailand have some on you at all times to avoid dehydration.
How do I travel in Thailand?
Taxis are available everywhere, just when getting in make sure the meter is set to THB 35 to avoid being made to pay extra.Getting around in Tuc-Tuc's is part of the experience but can get annoying as the driver may often try to take you to shops on the way. Just negotiate a fare before jumping in, don't pay until you arrive, and be prepared to jump out and take another one if they go to a shop and refuse to leave until you check it out or buy something.
Trains and buses to get around the country in Thailand can be an experience, but due to the travel times and budget, many recommend flying everywhere. Flights within Thailand are relatively cheap, and it may not be worth spending valuable vacation days traveling by bus or train. By way of example, the train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is about 12 hours, and the train down to Phuket (close to Phuket, but then you have to take another bus) is another 8 hours, so it will take about 20 to 24 hours of travel time from Chiang Mai to Phuket. Or you can take a 2 hour direct flight on Thai Air Asia for less than $60.
Also see our full Foreign Exchange Guide to Thailand for more money saving tools and information on Thai Baht Transfers and Travel Money.
Exchange rates are volatile and can move considerably on a daily basis. Setting up a watchlist will help you decide the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction. These daily alerts can notify you either when the interbank exchange rate make large UP/DOWN moves or when rates reach a HIGH/LOW for periods up to 90-days.
|FROM / TO||90 DAY TREND||LATEST RATE||ALERTS (UP/DOWN/HI/LO)|
AUD / USD
ALERT: 30-DAY HIGH |
At 0.6854 AUD/USD is trading above its 90 day average 0.6803 with period range 0.6704 to 0.7042. ALERT: AUD/USD has risen to a 30-DAY HIGH. Updated: 18:09-AEDT 08:09-BST 03:09-EDT
AUD / GBP
ALERT: 14-DAY DOWN 3.8% |
At 0.528 AUD/GBP is trading well below its 90 day average 0.5515 with period range 0.5268 to 0.5656. ALERT: AUD/GBP is DOWN 3.8% this 14-DAY period. Updated: 18:09-AEDT 08:09-BST 03:09-EDT
AUD / EUR
At 0.6137 AUD/EUR was trading near its 90 day average with period range 0.6009 to 0.6282. There are currently no alerts. Updated: 18:09-AEDT 08:09-BST 03:09-EDT
AUD / NZD
At 1.0735 AUD/NZD is trading well above its 90 day average 1.0624 with period range 1.0348 to 1.082. There are currently no alerts. Updated: 18:09-AEDT 08:09-BST 03:09-EDT