The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht. Banknotes start with the 20 baht bill, and there are also 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht coins available.
Prior to your trip, don’t forget to inform your banks that you are travelling overseas. Telling your bank about your travel plans will avoid the automatic cancellation of your card due to an unknown foreign transaction, possibly leaving you without access to money.
You can easily access cash overseas by using the Key To The World travel money card, which is available from Escape Travel and can be preloaded with up to 10 different currencies, including Thai baht. These currency cards can be used for services and in shops like a credit or debit card, and also to withdraw money from ATMs. These cards are handy as you can lock in the exchange rate when you preload your currency, so you are not subject to varying rates.
You will find ATMs in the tourist areas and central business districts of major cities, resorts and towns across Thailand, and also in train stations, shopping centres and outside banks. Most machines will be operated by Cirrus or Plus and have English as a language option.
Make sure you have some local currency on hand when you land, as it is always a good idea to travel with a variety of money sources. You can pre-purchase Thai baht from Travel Money Oz outlets before travelling to avoid paying higher fees and commissions at the airport or on arrival in Thailand.