When you are traveling in Thailand, it is necessary to exchange money to local currency (Thai baht - THB) as other currencies are not accepted in the country. What do you need to know about currency exchange at Bangkok Airport (BKK)?
Once you arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and you need an amount of THB for paying your Visa on Arrival fee (it can be paid in cash only), your only option is to change money at the exchange booths of the banks that are right in the Customs Hall. It’s not a good idea to change all your cash here because the rates are much worse than in other places.
However, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport conveniently has many currency exchange booths where you can convert cash and get fair rates. You should go down to the underground floor (B Floor) next to the Airport Rail Link Suvarnabhumi Station and exchange your money there.
There is a number of currency exchange booths at Exchange Zone of Suvarnabhumi Airport and you will get really fair rates that will be much better than these at the bank. The exchange rates might vary a bit between the booths so shop around. All the booths don’t charge any commissions or fees. Keep in mind that usually you get better rates for larger notes in Thailand.
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Best Exchange Rates
In our experience, SuperRich booths (both green and orange) usually offer best rates in Thailand. Check more about Best Foreign Exchange Rates offered by Super Rich Suvarnabhumi Airport.
There are also SuperRich exchange booths in central Bangkok and the rates they offer are close to or identical to the ones at the airport. For locations of other Super Rich currency exchange booths in Bangkok and current rates offered by them check here: Super Rich Thailand – Best Currency Exchange in Bangkok.
However, you should always shop around for the best exchange rates as the rates are dynamic and can change at any minute. For current exchange rates at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport check the websites of the companies listed above.
Competition at Exchange Zone
A couple of banks opened their branches at the cluster of currency exchange booths near Airport Rail Link station recently. To our surprise, one of them (Kasikornthai) lately was offering the best currency exchange rates at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. No guarantees that it will be permanent but it looks like they are adding a little bit (like just 0.01 THB/EUR) to the best rate offered by the surrounding currency exchange booths.
Comparison of currency exchange rates offered by Green SuperRich (our long time favorite) and Kasikornthai at the same time on "B" level of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport can be seen in the photo below.
The difference between the rates might be not that significant but in some cases it can be higher than it looks like. For example, we usually exchange EUR to THB at the airport and for our 50 Euro notes we get lower rate at SuperRich as they offer top exchange rate only for larger bills. Kasikornthai offers the same rate for all Euro notes and the difference between the exchange rates rises up to 0.06 THB/EUR.
However, don't get fooled, as you will see many Kasikornthai currency exchange booths all around the airport. Good currency exchange rates are offered only at the branch near Airport Rail Link station where SuperRich and other currency exchange booths can be found!
At the same time when the photos above were taken, all other branches of Kasikornthai and other banks at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport were offering really low rates and you could get just 31.31 THB for 1 US dollar (lower by 1.62 THB/USD or 5.2%) or 35.93 THB for 1 Euro (lower by 2.38 THB/EUR or 6.6%) if exchanging elsewhere at the airport.
Losing 5-7% of your trip budget just for currency exchange sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? So be wise!
Document Required for Money Exchange
- Foreigners must bring their passport.
- Thai nationals must bring their passport or Thai ID Card
Location of Exchange Zone
Suvarnabhumi currency exchange zone near Airport Rail Link station was recently moved a bit further from its original location. However, it is not too far from where it was before and there are plenty of signs leading to "Exchange zone" for you not to get lost.
Detailed information about other facilities at the airport can be found here: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
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