The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht or THB. You’ll find that exchange rates fluctuate, but as a broad guide, one baht is worth roughly 2p. If you exchange £100, you’ll get about 4,400THB.
One baht is divided into 100 santang. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht, as well as 25 and 50 santang (worth about a penny). The 10-baht coin, worth about 20p, has a silver ring and a brass centre, similar to our £2 coin though with the metals reversed.
The colourful banknotes are worth 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1,000 (brown) baht. They all show King Rama IX on the front and different former kings of Thailand, animals and landmarks on the back.
You’ll find that many places in Thailand take credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, but it’s always useful to take cash for tipping, taxis and for smaller shops, restaurants and markets.
Don’t worry if you don’t have time to get it in advance, as it’s easy to exchange currency in Thailand and you’ll get just as good a rate. There are money counters at the international airports, open even if you land in the middle of the night.
Withdrawing baht from a local cash machine is also an option, as there are plenty of ATMs in Bangkok and tourist resorts. But make sure you’re aware of any charges and limits your bank may have. Some may charge you to withdraw in a foreign country, or in a different currency, so make sure you check before you head out on holiday.
If you’re crossing a border, it’s useful to know that the baht is also accepted in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.