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US Money

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US Money

Can you tell me if it's insulting to the Thai people to use US money? We are from Canada and travelling to Koh Samui and Phuket for 3 weeks next March. When we have travelled other places they usually accept US cash but I though I had read something about Thailand not accepting US Cash. Does anyone know??

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1. Re: US Money

Thai people are very proud of their currency which has a picture of their much revered king on it. The confused look you would get trying to pay in US$ would only be matched by a Canuck shopkeeper if someone tried to pay him in Thai baht.

You need to read the Currency Option FAQ on the right of this page, it'll help fill you in, here's a short cut;


Edited: 22 August 2010, 02:09
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Unlike Thailand's neighbor to the east- Cambodia- where the US Dollar is the defacto operating currency, Thailand really does not operate either formally or informally with the US Dollar..

It will obviously be readily accepted by banks, exchange houses and in some cases by selected merchants, for foreign exchange into Thai bahts, but in the end, for almost all cash transactions in the Kingdom, the baht will be the only currency accepted. The only real exceptions to this will be at the land border towns (such as Had Lek Yai) where the currency of the neighboring country may be accepted along side the baht.

So yes, your USD's will be accepted here, but for the most part they will only be accepted for exchange into bahts and not for retail, end-consumer transactions within the Kingdom.

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Offering US$ would be considered an act of arrogance and you are likely to get laughed at.

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