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If you're planning a trip to Thailand, one thing you'll want to keep in mind is currency exchange. While many places in Thailand do accept credit cards, you'll likely want to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases and transactions.
The official currency of Thailand is the Thai baht (THB), and if you're coming from the UK, you'll need to exchange your British pounds (GBP) for THB before your trip. While you can exchange currency at airports and banks in Thailand, it's often more convenient to do so before you leave the UK.
By exchanging your GBP for THB before you go, you'll have one less thing to worry about when you arrive in Thailand. Plus, you'll get a great exchange rate and service from us.
Pounds GBP to Thai Baht THB exchange rate
How far will my money go in throughout Thailand?
Thailand is a great destination for budget-friendly backpacking holidays. Hotels are relatively cheap, and there are plenty of hostels and guesthouses available for those on a budget. Food is also very affordable; a meal in a local restaurant can cost as little as £2. Travelling around Thailand can also be done cheaply; buses are the most cost-effective way to get from place to place. With careful budgeting, £50 per day should be enough to cover accommodation, food, transport, and sightseeing.
For those who prefer a more luxurious holiday, a budget of £100 per day should be sufficient to cover all expenses, including stays in nicer hotels and indulging in some of the more expensive activities.
The Thai Baht (THB) is the official currency of Thailand, and it is divided into 100 satang. Here are the current denominations of the Thai Baht:
Coins: 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 baht, 2 baht, 5 baht, and 10 baht
Banknotes: 20 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, 500 baht, and 1,000 baht
The baht coins feature images of the current king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, and the banknotes also feature images of various Thai kings and important historical figures. The baht coins are commonly used for small purchases, while the banknotes are used for larger transactions.
Things to do in Thailand when travelling
Thailand is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia that attracts millions of visitors every year. Known for its stunning beaches, rich culture, and delicious food, Thailand has something to offer every type of traveller. Here are some in-depth ideas for what to do while travelling in Thailand:
Explore Bangkok: Thailand's capital city is a must-visit for any traveller. The city is home to beautiful temples, bustling markets, and delicious street food. Be sure to visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, two of the city's most iconic landmarks. Take a stroll through the Chatuchak Weekend Market, the world's largest outdoor market, to shop for souvenirs and try some tasty Thai snacks.
Relax on the Beaches: Thailand is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Visit the island of Phuket and take a boat tour of the Phi Phi Islands, where you can swim in crystal-clear water and explore hidden coves. Head to the island of Koh Samui and lounge on the beach while enjoying a traditional Thai massage.
Try the Street Food: Thailand is known for its delicious food, and some of the best can be found on the streets. Try Pad Thai, a stir-fried noodle dish that is a staple of Thai cuisine, or Som Tum, a spicy papaya salad. For something more adventurous, try insect delicacies like fried crickets or grasshoppers, a popular snack in Thailand.
Take a Thai Cooking Class: Thai cuisine is loved around the world, and what better way to experience it than by learning to cook it yourself? Take a cooking class and learn how to make traditional dishes like Tom Yum soup or Massaman curry. You'll get to taste your creations and take home new skills to impress your friends and family.
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