Avoid paying with large denominations
in public! It attracts pickpockets, & exorbitant tuk tuk
To be extra-safe, you can obtain
an itemised receipt for property left in hotel safes.
Hotel rooms should be locked
at night, & cheap, thin-walled rooms checked for strategic
When you're on the road, lock
all zippered luggages.
The denomination used in Thailand
is the Thai baht (THB/Bht/B). There are 100 sàtàang
in one baht; coins include 25-sàtàang, 50-sàtàang,
1-baht, 5-baht & 10-baht.
Cash is necessary for eating &
shopping in the markets & small retail shops. You would require
some small change if you are travelling by tuk-tuks & other
forms of public transport.
When changing money, head to a bank
or a legal moneychanger with your traveller's cheques. US Dollars
are most readily accepted for exchange, but traveller's cheques
get better rates. Of course when you are in Bangkok, you can easily
depend on your credit, Plus & Cirrus cards to get some baht
from the ATMs. Many money changers accept cash advances on your
credit card as well.
Credit cards are becoming increasingly
acceptable in quality shops, hotels & restaurants. Visa is the
most useful, followed by MasterCard. Expect a surcharge between
3-5% in some outlets, especially with travel agents. When it comes
to tipping, it is not compulsory in Thailand, because service charge
is already added to most bills from fancy restaurants catered for
foreigners & in hotels. But a 10 – 15% tip is very much
appreciated in ordinary restaurants outside of tourist zones &
it is becoming a common practice in many international upmarket
hotels. There is no tipping for taxis or tuk-tuks but the drivers
would usually round the fare to the nearest 5 or 10 Baht.
If you're travelling on a budget, you should be able to get by on
around THB500.00 a day anywhere in Thailand. Participants enjoying
room service in comfortable hotels & eating out at restaurants
should budget on around THB1200.00-THB2000.00 a day. (Not inclusive
of hotel room rates.) If money is no object, you can spend to your
heart's content in Bangkok, since the capital has several of the
world's most sumptuous hotels and some unbeatable shopping diversions.