Money, Money, Money: Best Currency Exchanges in Bangkok
Some organise themselves in advance. Some just use their cards. Some leave it until the last possible minute at the airport. Everyone needs to use a currency exchange of some form while they’re away. Chances are you’ll be coming into the capital city, so here’s our choice of the best currency exchanges in Bangkok.
Surely nobody is really that organised to take away the perfect amount of cash with them from home? Even if you take some with you, chances are you’ll run out and need a top up! Those Leo beers sure do go down smoothly and quickly, and your cash may therefore disappear just as quick! When you run out don’t just use the cash point with all the additional fees. Head for one of the best currency exchanges in Bangkok, especially because you’ll almost always get more bang for your buck in Thailand than at home!
Super Rich Thailand has been open for more than 50 years. It is probably the most popular of all the currency exchanges in Bangkok and rightly so. The service is impeccable and their rates are the best in Bangkok the vast majority of the time. Thankfully there’s more than just one branch, in fact there are 14 of them around Bangkok. The majority of them are found around the most popular tourist spots and there’s one at Suvarnabhumi Airport too if you’ve just arrived.
If you’re after the very best rates head for the one in Rajdamri. This is their headquarters branch and has the best rates. Traveller’s Cheques are accepted in almost all of them.
Opening Times: Variable per branch – check each online.
Locations: 45 Soi Rajdamri 1, Rajdamri, Patumwan, Bangkok, 10330
B1 Floor, Customer & Tourist Service Center, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Khlong Toei, Bangkok
3rd Floor, Siam Paragon Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Chong Nonsi Station (BTS Skytrain), Bang Rak, Bangkok
18/4 Soi Vibhavadi 22, Vibhavadi – Rangsit Rd. Chompon, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Super Rich 1965
Super Rich, it turns out, is a popular name for currency exchanges in Bangkok. In fact, these branches are almost in the same locations as the previously mentioned Super Rich Bangkok. A rumour has floated around that these are rival brands set up by brothers but there doesn’t appear to be any proof of that… This is the biggest of the exchange brands with 22 different locations available. Traveller’s Cheques accepted across all branches.
Opening Times: Variable per location – check online
Locations: 47/11-13 Rajdamri Rd. Pathumwan Bangkok 10330
491/5 – 491/7 Silom Road, Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
97/11 GJA 001 Room, 1st fl. G in Department Big-C Super Store Ratchadamri rd, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
E1-2, E1-2 / 1 BTS Chidlom, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini,Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
MRT Subway Sukhumvit Station Room No. 17, Khlong Toei District, Bangkok
Rather than a multi-store brand this is a smaller independent company. They’re located right in the heart of central Bangkok, making it an easily accessible exchange. It is located right in front of the Nana BTS station in the centre of the Sukhumvit area. If you’re particularly lucky, you might swing by on a day with a special promotional rate. These rates are often better than what the above companies can offer. Traveller’s Cheques are accepted.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday – 09:00-18:00, Saturday – 09:00-17:00, Sunday – Closed.
Location: 133-133/1 Soi 7/1 Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok
SIA Money Exchange
With over 30 years of experience you can be assured of a quality experience and a trustworthy set of employees. You might also notice them using branding from Golden Wall & Travel Service Company as they are part of the same group. Like VASU, with some promotional rates they can be the best in town. They will happily accept your Traveller’s Cheques too.
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday – 09:00-18:00, Sunday – Closed.
Location: 1091/156-7 Soi Petchburi 33, New Petchburi Road, Makkasan, Rajthevee, Bangkok 10400
X-ONE Currency Exchange Center
Coming from the UK? This is often your best bet. They regularly offer the best rates when purchasing your GBP. They do, of course, offer rates for many other currencies too, and they’re usually at competitive levels. The easiest way to visit is to jump off the MRT at Samyan station, then it’s a short 7-minute walk. It is especially useful if you’re visiting Patpong as they’re in the same place. Traveller’s Cheques accepted.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday – 09:00-18:00, Saturday and Public Holidays – 09:00 – 17:00, Sunday – Closed.
Location: 149/7 Surawongse Road, Suriyawongse, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
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Not so interested in carrying cash? We can highly recommend looking into getting yourself a Revolut card. They are either cheap or free to get (depending on your home country) and work just like a Mastercard or VISA.
Their main benefit is that they bypass any foreign transaction fees as the currency is converted on the card’s account rather than by the ATM. Also, you can easily freeze the card if it’s lost via the handy app. There are no fees for transferring money to it from your bank account and the rates are all fixed at the international LIBOR rate used by banks worldwide.