Thai Money – Banknotes

Sawatdee ka,

The other day when I was queuing to buy a sky train ticket, a tourist asked me for the Thai coin denominations. That inspired me to write this blog post to show you Thai money both banknotes and coins. I hope it might benefit some of you who are newbies in Thailand. The money you see in this post are from my wallet so I apologize for the messy look because I like to fold them or just throw them in my bag.

The currency in Thailand is called the Baht บาท /bàad/.  Banknotes come in denominations of: 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht.

Above picture is all the current Thai banknotes in use. As you see, all bills have a picture of His Majesty the King (King Rama IX) on the front, and the former kings on the back, therefore you should treat them with respect. Some Thai people might get offended if you intentionally step on the money bill.

All bills and coins use Thai numerals (เลขไทย) and Arabic numerals.

1000 Baht : The 1,000-Baht note is printed with mainly brown ink on off-white stock.

On the back, it is the picture of the King Bhumipol (Rama IX)  and Pasak Chonlasit dam (เขื่อนป่าสักชลสิทธิ์)  in Lop Buri province.

500 Baht: The 500-Baht note is purple.

On the back, it is the picture of King Nangklao (King Rama III) and the Loha Prasat in Bangkok.


100 Baht: The 100-Baht note is red. On the back, it is the picture of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V).

50 Baht: The 50-Baht note is all in blue. On the back is the picture of King Naresuan, and Phra Chedi Chaimongkol (พระเจดีย์ชัยมงคล) in Wat Yaichayamongkol วัดใหญ่ชัยมงคล in Ayutthaya province.

You would probably see the previous version of 50 Baht note in used as shown below. (Credit photo from


On the back is the picture of King Mongkut (King Rama IV) and Phra Pathom Chedi ( พระปฐมเจดีย์) in Nakhon Pathom province.

20 Baht: The 20-Baht note is printed in green.

On the back it the picture of  King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and The Rama VIII Bridge in Bangkok.


Learn about Thai Coins HERE.

What’s the Thai Baht worth?


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Banknotes in Thai is called แบงค์ /bánk/


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6 Responses to Thai Money – Banknotes

  1. Mark johnson 03/10/2016 at 15:06 #

    Having been to Thailand a number of times I see that new thai currency 20s/50s/100s/500s/1000s notes are now in circulation what is the date the new currency will finally replace the old, meaning you will no longer be able to change the older notes in banks or shops. I have been told the date is January 2017 is this correct.

    • Mod 06/12/2016 at 16:31 #

      Sawatdii ka Mark,
      According to a press release dated 19 October 2016, the Bank of Thailand has announced that the current banknotes will continue to be used indefinitely despite the death of Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) on 13 October 2016, whose portrait appears on the front of all denominations.

  2. chiku 06/10/2014 at 18:03 #

    even though it has been 2 years

  3. chiku 06/10/2014 at 18:02 #

    hi mod,

    this has been so usefull my teachers recomend this to me thank you so much

  4. Reena Kanth 27/08/2012 at 12:59 #

    Hello Mod,

    I hope you don’t mind if I point out an error. You show the same picture for the back of both the new and old 50 Baht banknotes. The one for the old 50 Baht banknote is incorrect. The correct one can be seen here:

    Thank you for providing these lessons. They are very valuable and I appreciate your hard work.

    • Mod 27/08/2012 at 15:27 #

      Sawatdee ka,

      You were right! Thank you for correcting me. It was very late last night when I wrote this blog post:)

      Thank you for reading my posts:)

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