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Currency options for food & drink for transit passengers at Bangkok airport?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 10/1/2014 at 03:30

We're going to be spending quite a few hours at Bangkok airport waiting in transit to / from Laos & Vietnam. Can $US currency be used to buy refreshments there? Or would there be ways of changing into small quantities of baht? Many people must be in this situation.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/1/2014 at 04:38

Both.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 10/1/2014 at 07:47

Change enough $ into baht for your brief stay. Use the currency exchange counters in arrivals. See current rates here. Sure you can pay in $ at airport shops/bars/etc. but you'll get a worse exchange rate.

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Posted by freiburger on 10/1/2014 at 08:43

Don't you have a Mastercard or Visa? All shops accept them. So no matter where on this world I am on transit, I always pay my food and drinks with my Mastercard. Else I would have a whole lot of change to carry with me ;-)

The Bars in the main area do accept all major credit cards.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 10/1/2014 at 08:51

^Fair enough. I never use a credit card in Thailand or SE Asia for that matter. My card info was stolen once and sold to somewhere on the other side of the world, but thankfully my bank flagged it as suspicious and contacted me. In Thailand I consider cash to be THE way to go for everything. Just my 2 cents of advice.

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Posted by EdwardTrunk on 10/1/2014 at 09:55

Thanks very much, for that 's clarified that we have 3 options. Yes, we do have Visa, though I'd forgotten about it for we are paranoid about using cards overseas for anything except ATMs. Also we have plenty $1 bills for changing or for direct use. One way or another, we've got a solution. Thanks.

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Posted by freiburger on 10/1/2014 at 11:04

Well, Captain, you have been very unlucky.

I do travel alot for business and pleisure and use my card quite often. Having said that, I don't use my card on every corner. I carefully choose the places I use my card, since I prefer cash. Hotel chains are usually no problem, as are really fancy restaurants and usually the airport. Too many CCTV cams. So I never encountered any problem, but anyway better safe then sorry!

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Posted by captainbkk on 11/1/2014 at 06:03

IF you belong to the common western nations for free 30-day permits, then you may opt to go ''out'' and enter/leave TH. Why?
Much better bankrates-from the Kasikorn near ARL and much better prices for anything-there are also 7s and Familiymart in the common areas (NOT in the restricted areas where transits have to stay) or that foodcourt lowest level-which is mostly besieged with Chinese and now, sadly, often a big mess though. The usual timelimits given here or on other fora for exit/entry are mostly grossly overdrawn. Food/drink in the restricted area is as expensive as in any European/US-airport. But taking food in hand luggage is allowed-drinks not.

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Posted by busylizzy on 11/1/2014 at 06:18

Just be aware that the smaller the denomination, the worse the exchange rate. I would rarely carry anything less than $20 (except in countries where USD is actually used - eg Burma aand Cambodia); you get the best rate for $100USD. But of course, you don't want to exchange $100 just for lunch. $20 might be more practical.

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