Looking for the best Bangkok Airport Money exchange?
Well in my experience the very best place to exchange your foreign currency for Thai baht is in down in the basement of Bangkok Airport next to the Airport Rail Link.
If you are coming to Bangkok then some Thai baht will come in useful, but there are many options to buy foreign currency for your vacation and some options are more expensive than the others.
As a general rule, you will always get a better exchange rate if you bring your local currency to Thailand in cash and change it when you arrive.
It is never advisable to change currency to Thai baht in your home country either through your bank or at the airport of departure.
You can lose upto 40% by doing it this way.
In fact there is no problem bringing cash to Thailand, but you do have to honour your own country's currency regulations on the export of currency.
Also you need to consider that if you bring more than the equivalent of USD $20,000 into Thailand, then you should make a Customs declaration when you arrive or else risk confiscation if it is found.
This Customs declaration form can be obtained off your inbound aircraft, they will normally have a copy for you to complete, if you request one.
There are plenty of currency exchange booths at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport that are open 24 hours per day and if you need some cash to pay the taxi to your hotel then just get some Thai baht upon arrival.
There are money exchange booths at the intersection of Concourse C and Concourse, which is right next to transfer passenger processing, for example if you have an onward flight to Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Samui etc.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport has currency exchange booths before Immigration as described and also in the baggage hall after passing through Immigration.
As far as I know there are no cash machines (ATMs) before you pass through the Immigration and Customs areas, so you have to wait until you pass through before you can use an ATM.
Read further down the page about the location of ATMs in Bangkok Airport.
Of course any airport facility charges a premium for stores to be located on their premises and Suvarnabhumi Airport is no different.
So the exchange rate in Bangkok Airport currency exchange booths is not going to be as good as you can get from somewhere that has lower rents.
But if you are just changing enough for your taxi fare then use any of the bank booths to get your Thai Baht as the rate difference will not be significant.
But if you want to change a little more money to tide you over for a few days, then there is now a second option that will save you money and is still convenient.
Currency exchange experts Superrich Thailand and Renjit have both opened up currency exchange booths on the Suvarnarbhumi Airport Rail Link property down on the lower level near where you would purchase a train ticket.
This location is just off the Bangkok Airport property and it is this that makes the rates so much cheaper.
On both occasions that I have walked past, the SuperRich Thailand booth had a 10% better exchange rate for AUD and USD compared to the exchange rate booths inside the airport just a few metres away. (I didn't check all the others).
Renjit was still in the process of being built, but both booths were next to each other so they are in direct competition.
If you leave the baggage hall via the middle Customs exit and then take a left turn when you are in the hotel greeters area, you will see the down escalator on your left.
Take this and walk towards the ARL station entrance and you will see the two Bangkok Airport money exchange booths directly ahead of you.
Opening hours: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm (could change)
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Some people are wary about carrying cash and prefer to use an ATM to handle their Bangkok Airport money exchange needs.
In Bangkok Airport there are no ATMs between disembarking your aircraft and exiting Customs, but once you have got to the other side then you can withdraw money.
Now I can't possibly indicate the location of every ATM in Bangkok Airport, but what I can tell you is that in the arrivals hall on Floor 4 and between Door 1 and 2, you will find a number of ATMs that will accept International Credit Cards.
If you know of the location of any other ATMs please contact me with the location and I will add it to this page.
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