Thailand is a country where cash is still king. Recent years have seen a skyrocketing adoption of QR payments, but this is likely not an option for foreigners. When you’re looking for a car rental at Don Muang Airport, you’ll also see foreign exchange booths to convert your euros, pounds, and dollars to Thai baht. Don’t change more than $100 at the airport, though, as the exchange rates are not the best.  

Is It Wise to Bring a Lot of Cash?

Travelling with large amounts of cash is always going to be a risk. Thailand has very low levels of petty theft and pickpocketing, however, so carrying cash is typically quite safe–just keep an eye on your belongings on crowded trains or at major tourist sites. 

Arriving with $500 to $1,000 in cash will easily cover your expenses for a week or more. You’ll find that most foreign currencies go far in Thailand. It typically isn’t necessary to carry more than $100 when going out.

Currency exchange services are available in popular tourist areas, and Google Maps is an excellent resource for reviews to help identify respected businesses. The Xe currency conversion app is also an excellent option for travellers. It keeps up with the live exchange rates, and can be used as a calculator to help you understand costs in your home currency. Once you’ve depleted the cash you brought, it is time to visit an ATM.

ATMs and Foreign Bank Cards

Using ATMs in Thailand is likely the same as in your home country, with two notable exceptions. 

Large Service Charge

Most Thai bank ATMs will charge a fee of around $6 to $10 per transaction with a foreign card. You’ll generally want to withdraw as much as you need to avoid being charged multiple times withdrawing small amounts.

You can also go to a bank branch with your passport and card. Ask the teller for a cash advance against your debit bank card. While not all branches will oblige, many will. This will save quite a bit on ATM fees, but it does take extra time waiting in line. 

ATM Currency Conversion Options

Using a foreign card at a Thai ATM gives you a currency conversion option. After choosing the withdrawal amount, the ATM will ask if you’d like to convert the baht amount and charge your card in your home currency, or skip the conversion and charge your home bank in baht. 

You want to skip the conversion in almost all cases because the exchange rate offered is generally much worse than your home bank will offer you. Opt for charges in baht for better exchange rates.

Understanding Thai Currency

While exchange rates vary daily, you’ll generally find the following approximate exchange rates:

1£  = 43 Thai baht

1$ = 33 Thai baht

1€ = 36 Thai baht

The Thai currency comes in the following denominations:

Bills: twenty baht (green), fifty baht (blue), one hundred baht (red), 500 baht (purple), and 1,000 baht (beige)

Coins: one baht, two baht, five baht, and ten baht

In low light, it’s easy to confuse twenty and fifty-baht notes. The same is true of one hundred and 1,000-baht notes. Always double-check your numbers before paying your cab fare, and be sure to avoid travelling in a cab at rush hour, as traffic in Bangkok can be very heavy. 

Breaking 1,000-baht notes can be a challenge, but most convenience stores will happily make change for even a tiny purchase. Buy a bottle of water with a 1,000-baht bill, and you’ll have money for your night market adventure. 

Credit Cards in Thailand

Only large corporations will accept credit card payments. Shopping malls, chain restaurants, and hotels will take cards, but most other businesses don’t. It doesn’t hurt to ask a place if they accept cards, but it is better to have cash, just in case. 

Visa and Mastercard are the most commonly accepted cards, and many places have a 300 baht minimum for credit card charges.

Final Thoughts

Thailand is a magical place worth seeing. Decide how much money you need for your adventure, make one stop at an ATM, and you’ll be ready to explore The Land of Smiles in your convenient rental car from Drive Car Rental!

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Address

The counter is located in the International Arrival Hall, between gates 7 and 8. Suvarnabhumi Airport (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4376 or +66 (0) 84 700 4380 for assistance),
Samut Prakan ,
Thailand 10540

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4376 +66 (0) 84 700 4380

Opening Hours

Daily 24 hours

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Address

Meet&Greet: International 1st Floor, Terminal 1 Gate 7 Donmuang Airport (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4378 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10210

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4378 +66 (0) 2 044 7277

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Bangkok – Donmuang Office

Address

73 Choet Wutthakat Rd, Don Muang Office located next from Donmuang District Office 1 KM. (Nearby SRT Red Line Donmuang Station Exit 2) (please call +66 (0) 2 044 7277 or +66 (0) 84 700 4378 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10210

Phone

+66 (0) 2 044 7277 +66 (0) 84 700 4378

Opening Hours

Daily 8.00 am - 6.00 pm

BKK Car Rental: Bangkok Srinakarin Car Hire Office

Address

727 Srinakarin Rd. Suanlang Office located in Nissan Showroom Srinakarin Road (Nearby MRT Yellow Line Kalantan Station Exit 1) (Between Thanya Park shopping Mall and Bangchak gas station) (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4375 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10250

Phone

+66 (0) 2 821 5992 +66 (0) 847 004 375

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sat-Sun: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bangkok – On Nut BTS Station

Address

Pick up instruction: Meet & Greet at Avani Hotel / BTS On Nut Station (please call +66 84 700 4375 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10110

Phone

+66 84 700 4375

Opening Hours

Daily 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Bangkok – CJ Rent a car

Address

CJ Rent a car (Partner Location) 24 Soi Meesuwan 3 Intersection 1, Phra Khanong Nuea Subdistrict, Wattana District (please call +66 (0) 818 486 558 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10110

Phone

+66 (0) 818 486 558 +66 (0) 838 256 306

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 20:00 H.

Nonthaburi – Car rental with Delivery service

Address

Meet & Greet at Central Westgate (Please call +66 (0) 97 239 4398 for assistance),
Nonthaburi ,
Thailand 11110

Phone

+66 (0) 97 239 4398

Opening Hours

daily 08:00-20:00

Buri Ram Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Burirum Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 or +66 (0) 639 306 097 for assistance),
Burirum ,
Thailand 31150

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964 +66 (0) 639 306 097

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Car Rental Chiang Mai: Rent Cars at Chiang Mai Airport

Address

Arrival Hall Fl.,1 International Terminal between Gate 10-11, Chiang Mai Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4384 for assistance),
Chiang Mai ,
Thailand 50200

Phone

+66 (0) 5 327 1293 +66 (0) 84 700 4384 

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Chiang Mai Office – Delivery service

Address

Our office located in Bangchak gas station (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4384 for assistance) 218 Moo 10, Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road, Pa Daed Subdistrict,. Mueang Chiangmai,
Chiang Mai ,
Thailand 50300

Phone

66 (0) 84 700 4384

Opening Hours

Open daily 08:00-17:00

Chiang Rai Airport

Address

Meet&Greet: Arrival Hall, Exit 2 Chaing Rai Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4381 for assistance),
Chiang Rai ,
Thailand 57100

Phone

+66 (0) 5 379 3683 +66 (0) 84 700 4381 

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Chonburi

Address

PU Service (Partner Location) 315/316 Moo.12 Thepprasit Road, Nongprue (Please call +66 (0) 928 932 823 for assistance),
Chonburi ,
Thailand 20150

Phone

+66 (0) 928 932 823

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 18:00 H.

Chumphon Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Chumphon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 854 739 885 or +66 (0) 813 677 956 for assistance),
Chumphon ,
Thailand 86160

Phone

+66 (0) 854 739 885 +66 (0) 813 677 956

Opening Hours

Daily: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hua Hin Airport

Address

Meet & Greet at Hua Hin Airport Location, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, meeting point. Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4375 for assistance ,
Hua Hin ,
Thailand 77110

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4375

Opening Hours

Daily: 10.30 - 16.00

Khon Kaen Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall, Khon Kaen Airport A representative will meet you. (Please call +66 (0) 883 414 670 for assistance),
Khon Kaen ,
Thailand 40000

Phone

+66(0)883 414 670 +66(0)982 282 989

Opening Hours

Daily: 07.00-20.00

Krabi Airport

Address

The counter is located on the 1st floor of the Domestic Arrival Hall, Krabi Airport. (Please Call +66 (0) 8 4700 4383 for assistance),
Krabi ,
Thailand 81130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Lampang Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall, Lampang Airport A representative will meet you. (Please call +66 (0) 97 996 8499 for assistance),
Lampang ,
Thailand 52000

Phone

+66 (0) 97 996 8499 +66 (0) 97 958 8798

Opening Hours

Daily 8:30 - 18:00

Loei Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Loei Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 944 573 222 for assistance),
Loei ,
Thailand 42000

Phone

+66 (0) 944 573 222 +66 (0) 883 271 940

Opening Hours

Daily: 24 hours

Nakhon Phanom Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nakhon Phanom Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 910 569 594 for assistance),
Nakhon Phanom ,
Thailand 48000

Phone

+66 (0) 910 569 594

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 895 513 234 for assistance),
Nakhon Si Thammarat ,
Thailand 80120

Phone

+66 (0) 895 513 234

Opening Hours

Daily: 07.00-21.00 H.

Nan Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nan Nakhon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, meeting point (Please call +66 (0) 64-515-4997 for assistance),
Nan ,
Thailand 55000

Phone

+66 (0) 64 515 4997

Opening Hours

Daily: 06.00-21.00

Pattaya Downtown

Address

The office is located at 212/14-15 Moo 5, Pattaya-North Road, (Opposite Terminal 21 shopping mall). (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
North Pattaya ,
Thailand 20150

Phone

+66 (0) 3 841 6125 +66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Khao Lak – PTT Station

Address

Phang Nga - PTT STation A representative will meet you at PTT Station Khao Lak (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4389 for assistance),
Phang Nga ,
Thailand 23150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4387 +66 (0) 84 700 4389

Opening Hours

Daily 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Phitsanulok Car Rental (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phitsanulok Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 81-348-5445 for assistance),
Phitsanulok ,
Thailand 65000

Phone

+66 (0) 81-348-5445

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-18.30

Phrae Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phrae Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 86 421 6498 or +66 (0) 92 969 6159 for assistance),
Phrae ,
Thailand 54000

Phone

+66 (0) 86 421 6498 +66 (0) 92 969 6159

Opening Hours

Daily: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Car Hire in Phuket: Find a Car Rental, Phuket Airport Thailand | Drive Car Rental

Address

The counter is located on the 1st Floor of International Terminal Arrival Hall Phuket Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4387 or +66 (0) 8 4700 4389 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4387 +66 (0) 84 700 4389

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)

Car Rental Phuket Patong Thailand | Drive Car Rental & Hire

Address

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, Patong Counter located at Lobby Area 1st Floor (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4386 for assistance),
Patong ,
Thailand 83150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4386

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Phuket – Ao Por

Address

Meet & Greet: Ao Por Port, Phuket (Please call +66 (0) 84-700-4387 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 8-4700-4387 +66 (0) 8-4700-4389

Opening Hours

Daily: 09.00-17.00 H.

Phuket – Thalang Office (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phuket Airport, A representative will meet you at Phuket Airport’s Arrival Hall, Gate 3, and will pick you up, and deliver the vehicle at Ton Car Rental office. (Please call +66 (0) 915 276 862 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 915 276 862

Opening Hours

Daily: open 24 hours

Ranong Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Ranong Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 86 277 8501 for assistance),
Ranong ,
Thailand 85000

Phone

+66 (0) 862 778 501

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-17.00 H.

Roi Et Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Roi Et Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 or +66 (0) 639 306 097 for assistance),
Roi Et ,
Thailand 45000

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964 +66 (0) 639 306 097

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Sakon Nakhon Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Sakon Nakhon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 for assistance),
Sakon Nakhon ,
Thailand 54000

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Car Rental Koh Samui: Rent a Car at Samui Airport

Address

The counter is located in the Arrival Hall at Samui Airport. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4388 for assistance),
Koh Samui ,
Thailand 84320

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4388

Opening Hours

Daily 08:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Samui – Bophut Office

Address

The office is located at Moo 4, Airport Road, Bophut. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4388 for assistance),
Koh Samui ,
Thailand 84320

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4388

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sukhothai Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Sukhothai Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 828 521 732 for assistance),
Sukhothai ,
Thailand 64000

Phone

+66 (0) 828 521 732

Opening Hours

Daily: 06:00-19:00

Car Rental Surat Thani Airport- Great Value Car Hire

Address

Meet&Greet: Surat Thaini Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 81 970 5745 for assistance),
Surat Thani ,
Thailand 84130

Phone

+66 (0)81 970 5745

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-17.00 H.

Tak – Mae Sot Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Mae Sot Airport, Tak province A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 868 985 606 for assistance),
Tak ,
Thailand 63110

Phone

+66 (0) 868 985 606

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 18:00

Trang Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Trang Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4383 for assistance),
Trang ,
Thailand 92000

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily: 09.00-17.00 H.

Trat Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Trat Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
Trat ,
Thailand 23150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Daily 11:00 AM - 15:30 PM

Ubon Ratchathani Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Ubon Ratchathani Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 659 694 909 or +66 (0) 616 955 646 for assistance),
Ubon Ratchathani ,
Thailand 34000

Phone

+66 (0) 659 694 909 +66 (0) 616 955 646

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-20.00 H.

Udon Thani Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall Exit 3 A representative will meet you. (Please Call +66 (0)81 970 6551 for assistance),
Udon Thani ,
Thailand 41000

Phone

+66 (0) 81 970 6551

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Hat Yai Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Hat Yai Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 858 990 000 or +66 (0) 858 993 333 for assistance),
Hat Yai ,
Thailand 90110

Phone

+66 (0) 858 990 000 +66 (0) 858 993 333

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Car Hire Services: Car Rental U-Tapao Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: U-Tapao Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
Rayang ,
Thailand 21130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 17:30 H.

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