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Hello and welcome to Thai Survival Phrases brought to you by ThaiPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Thailand. You will be surprised at how far a little Thai will go.
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In Thailand, the currency is bàat with denominations consisting of sà-dtaang. Hundred sà-dtaangs equal one bàat. The foreign exchange rate is always fluctuating. So now, it is roughly about 35 Thai baht to one US dollar and is roughly about the same amount to hundred Japanese yen.
Thai currency has both paper bills and coins. For paper currency, we have bills for 1,000, 500, 100, 50, and 20. As for coins, we have 10, 5, 1, 50 sà-dtaang, and 25 sà-dtaang. However, these are the most common bills and coins, but you may encounter some different form of bills and coins, such as 2 bàat coin or 10 bàat bills in which are used in the market but that are not very common anymore.
Now, let's learn a little bit about the Thai bills and coin. On every bill and coin, you will see a picture of a man in the front. He can't be anybody else, but the world-famous King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the present King of Thailand, who is not only the world's longest-reigning monarch but the most beloved King of Thailand.
Now, let's go back our bills and coins before I talk too much about my beloved king. At the back of the bills and coins, there are some varieties of images, such as an image of our great kings from the past, the Royal Palace, and royal temples. Some of them are a must-visit spot for tourists.
Now, what is a good amount to carry? Well, I always suggest people carry only a few thousand for a shopping trip. The cost of living in Thailand is not expensive considering the average cost of one meal is about 100 bàat per person. You can get a Big Mac with a 100 bàat bill. A cost for taxi is about 50 bàat to 200 bàat for a trip in Bangkok. Almost every restaurant take credit card. So a few thousand is more than enough. It is wise to carry small bills, such as 20 bàat bills or 100 bills, rather than big bills like a thousand.
All right. That’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by ThaiPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.