the thai baht buys you almost 50% more in goods and services than the u.s. dollar. food costs, taxis and shopping particularly for local goods are a bargin. some excellent hotels in bangkok and outlying areas including chang mai and chang rai provide over the top service that cant be repoduced at 2 times the price in u.s. thailand is a must consider for a great value destination.
I agree that Thailand is a wonderful destination where one's $, pounds or euros definitely go a long way.
The most special thing about Thailand, however, is the friendly Thai people. They are so warm and welcoming in a very genuine way. Oh, and the food.....I had the most delicious pad thai with huge prawns for only $1 from a tiny street stall (with a local's recommendation so I knew it was clean).....one can eat very well in Thailand for next to nothing.
Thailand remains a good value, however the bhat has risen quite a bit against the dollar over the last year. I think down from 42 bhat to 36 bhat per $1USD. Many in the US may not realize this, but Bangkok has become quite a ritzy city with unrivaled shopping and luxurious accomodations.
We are off to Thailand in 6 weeks and was wondering about currency. So you recommend me getting Bahts to take with me? Should I get them here in the UK or would you recommend me changing our currencyonce we are over there? Also wondered if you would recommend getting any vaccinations? I don't think any are compulsory, but if I am going to have them I would need to think about getting them soon.
We had no problems at all with ATM machines in Thailand....and they offera far better exchange rate than using cash. So I would wait and just use the ATM machines. Also, no worries about vaccinations....none needed in either Bangkok or Phuket. I was really surprised at how sleek and cosmopolitan Bangkok was.(all the young locals with cell phones and prada bags, sipping starbucks lattes)...I look forward to hearing if your impressions are similiar.