The Thai Baht – Official currency in Thailand.
The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht ( In Thai written: บาท, Currency Sign: ฿;). Banknotes are in denominations of 20, 50,100,500 and 1,000 Baht. The 100 Baht is the most commonly used note. One Baht is divided into 100 Satangs. Coins come in denominations of 1,2,5,10,25 and 50 Satang. The 10 Baht coin is the most commonly used coin.
In Argentina I find that people in general don’t have respect for banknotes. Often you would get a note that had been written on, torn or glued in places with sticky tape. In Thailand it is a different story. In fact they have national laws regarding the banknotes and coins and enforce the Lèse Majesté law.
What does it mean and what implications does it have for people visiting Thailand?
All money in Thailand bears the portrait of the King or a deceased family member. These laws prohibit any act being verbal, physical or written that shows disrespectful behavior towards the King or any member of the Royal family.
What NOT to do with money and coins when in Thailand.
- Never step on a coin when it is rolling away.
- Don’t throw a coin at another person.
- Don’t burn, tear or write on a banknote.
- Never step on a banknote if the wind is blowing it away.
If a Thai person sees you doing one of the above they will not be happy with your behavior as it is considered a sign of disrespect. There also might be consequences in terms of the Lèse Majesté law.
Bottom line, show respect when handling the Thai Baht or any other currency for that matter.