What is the local currency?
The local currency is the Thai baht (฿). Banknotes come in denominations of ฿1000, ฿100, ฿50, ฿500 and ฿20.
Should I change money before I go?
In can be handy to have cash on you when you enter Thailand, however, there will be plenty of opportunities to change money once you’re there. The exchange rate is also likely to be better in Thailand than outside, but it’s up to you how and when you change money.
Will I be able to draw money out when I get there or should I exchange money?
There are lots of ATMs in Thailand, especially in Bangkok, so withdrawing money won’t be an issue. Remember, your bank may charge international withdrawal fees so it’s worth checking these before travelling.
How much should I budget per day for extras?
This really depends on your own spending habits. You might want to put a budget of around ฿200 for a fancy meal, but street food can sometimes cost just ฿35. If you’re planning on buying gifts and souvenirs, remember to budget for these!
Is it customary to tip? If so, how much?
A tip of around ฿70-100 per day for the Pack Leader would be appreciated but is not at all compulsory. Many Flashpackers choose to keep a kitty and give this to the Pack Leader at the end of the trip.
For restaurants and bars, it’s normal to tip around 10%, but this is at your own discretion.