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Where can I use Thai Baht?

Thai Baht can be used in mainland Thailand and its surrounding islands. There are hundreds of islands to choose from in separate clusters, so your Baht could take you from a tropical paradise in Phi Phi to buzzing cities like Bangkok and ancient temples in Phuket.

How much spending money do I need for Thailand?

If you are thinking of travelling to Thailand we have researched how much Thai Baht you will need for your trip.

If you are travelling to Thailand on a budget that includes public transport, budget hotels and Thai street food, expect to pay around ฿1000 (£33) a day. For those who are ready to pamper themselves in spas and lavish hotels, budgeting ฿3000 (£99) per day should be more than enough.

Thailand is well-known to be a paradise for backpackers, where you can enjoy local cuisine, sleep in private rooms and unwind at yoga retreats on a tight budget. More recently, the country opened up to travellers seeking more luxurious holidays, with 5-star hotels and fine dining experiences.

You can generally expect to pay:

  • ฿180 to ฿300 for a basic meal for two (around £5-8)
  • ฿60 to ฿180 for a bottle of beer (around £2-5)
  • ฿170 for a bottle of wine (around £4.50)
  • ฿220 to ฿270 for spirit measures e.g. whisky (around £6-7)
  • ฿25 to ฿45 for a coffee (between £0.50 and £1.20)
  • ฿5.50 (£0.15) per km in a taxi (plus minimum ฿35 fee)

Budget your Thailand trip

Home to bustling cities, ancient temples and picturesque islands, Thailand is the destination of choice for both luxury travellers and gap year students alike.

Enjoy wellness retreats and some of the world’s finest spas in Phuket, and try snorkelling in the warm and clear waters of Similand Islands Marine National Park. Or head out to the mountains in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai for great hiking and rock-climbing destinations, while also stopping at Khao Yai National Park to spot elephants and other animals.

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High budget

Overall budget for 1 week pp: ฿15000 Overall budget for 1 week pp: ฿22000 Overall budget for 1 week pp: More than ฿65000

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Meal per one: ฿90 – 150
  • Cheap hotel room: ฿1300 per night
  • Beer: ฿50 – 80
  • Coffee: ฿25 – 45
  • Bottle of water from supermarket: ฿170

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Mid-range hotel: ฿2000 per night
  • Two-course dinner with wine: ฿225 – 300
  • Cocktail: ฿100 – 150

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Luxury hotel: from ฿7070 per night
  • Meal at top restaurant with wine: ฿1500
  • Cocktail: ฿100 – 150

Activities in budget

  • Monkey beaches: free
  • Public transport ride: ฿650
  • Temple entry: most are free 

Activities in budget

  • Elephant nature park: ฿2,500
  • Car rental: ฿630 per day

Activities in budget

  • Speedboating: ฿2630 per day
  • Elephant shows: ฿600
  • Flight between major cities in the South and North: from ฿1570

What denominations do Thai Baht come in?

Thai Baht comes in the following denominations:


฿1, ฿2, ฿5 and ฿10 coins, and 25 and 50 satang coins


฿20, ฿50, ฿100, ฿500, ฿1,000

Did you know? It is considered offensive to ‘mistreat’ Thai bank notes as they contain images of the king. Stepping on a note or carrying one in your back pocket is frowned upon!

Thai Baht FAQs

How much should I tip in Thailand?

Tipping is more of a courtesy than an expectation in Thailand. For example, taxi drivers may appreciate you rounding up your fares to the closest ฿10. In restaurants, 10% is a safe option, or a straight ฿100 for more upmarket eateries. Expect to negotiate with tuk tuk drivers!

What kind of currency is THB?

The code for Thai Baht is THB, and the currency symbol is ฿.

Is it better to get Thai Baht in Thailand?

Withdrawing cash from an ATM machine in Thailand could easily cost you a half of your daily budget. For this reason, we recommend getting your travel money before you go as online rates are generally more favourable than getting your currency at an airport.

Can I use my credit card in Thailand?

Major credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa are accepted across Thailand in most restaurants and major hotels. Smaller businesses will expect you to pay in cash though, as will taxi drivers. For this reason, we recommend having some cash on you to avoid unnecessary fees.

Do I need a visa for Thailand?

UK travellers arriving by land or air may visit Thailand for up to 30 days without applying for a visa. For longer stays, you can apply for an extension up to 60 days. You can only extend your visa once per calendar year.

Are things expensive in Thailand?

The cost of living and travelling in Thailand is generally very low, though you’ll find Bangkok and the southern islands a little more expensive. Thailand is an inexpensive country for British travellers, but there are few things that could stretch your budget such as alcohol or overpriced boat trips to different islands.

Leftover Thai Baht?

No problem. We’ll buy back leftover Thai Baht at excellent exchange rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

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