Send money to Thailand

Understand what your options are when transferring funds to Thailand.

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Whether you’re sending money back home or conducting business in Thailand, you’ll want to find the best service possible.

This guide will help you get the most Thai baht for your dollar by comparing the services you can use and showing you what you should keep an eye out for.

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    Compare services that send money to Thailand

    You can use the table below to compare services and products that let you transfer money to Thailand.

    Using the table headings, you can compare minimum transfer amounts, fees and more. If you’d like to know more about a product, click “More info”. If you want to open an account, click “Go to Site” to get started.

    Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
    CAD 0 Within an hour CAD 3.99 23.494 THB
    117,375
    Use code FINDERCA and pay zero fees on your first transfer. Conditions apply.
    An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
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    CAD 1 1 - 2 days CAD 65.00 23.576 THB
    116,349
    Make online transfers with transparent exchange rates, low fees and low minimum amounts. Go to site Show details
    CAD 2,000 1 day CAD 0.00 23.128 THB
    115,642
    Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates with $0 transfer fees for Finder customers. WorldFirst will beat any eligible quote from another provider. Go to site Show details
    CAD 0 1 day CAD 0.00 23.223 THB
    116,113
    Send money in more than 60 currencies. Fee-free international money transfers with a global brand. Go to site Show details
    USD 150 1 day CAD 15.00 23.199 THB
    115,647
    Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
    A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies.
    Go to site Show details

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    The “Rate” and “Amount Received” displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

    Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention “Finder” before you commit to a brand.


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    How to send money to Thailand in a few simple steps

    1. Choose your service. Not all money transfer services send money to Thailand from Canada. Use our table to see which ones do and compare exchange rates, transfer fees and more.
    2. Create an account. This usually involves providing identification, such as your driver’s licence or passport and proof of address.
    3. Pick your payment method. You can typically pay from your bank account, credit card or debit card.
    4. Choose your delivery method. Do you want to send money directly to your recipient’s bank account, to their mobile phone or arrange a cash pick-up in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Phuket?
    5. Enter your transaction details. This includes the transfer amount, the currency you’re sending and the recipient’s information.
    6. Review your transfer. Make sure the receiver’s details are correct. You can also review the final exchange rate and any other fees.
    7. Send your funds. The money will be deposited into your recipient’s account in Thailand.
    8. Receive email/SMS confirmation. This will include your tracking number along with confirmation of your transfer. If the recipient is picking up cash, they’ll need to present this at collection.

    How do I compare transfer companies for sending baht?

    • Competitive exchange rate. It may not look like a big difference at first glance, but once you multiply the amount you plan to send, it’s easy to see how much you can lose. Watch out for big margins being added onto an exchange rate, so compare it across multiple services.
    • Fair fees. Fees are charged as either a percentage, a flat fee or a mix of both. Be aware that although some services offer “fee-free transfers”, the exchange rate might not be as good.
    • Fast turnaround time. Paying through a bank transfer generally takes the longest time, while paying by credit or debit card will be quicker. Generally, the faster the service, the more expensive it is.
    • Convenient pick-up method. Most services can send to a bank account, but fewer send to a cash pick-up location or mobile wallet. These last two are handy if your recipient does not have a bank account.
    • Flexible transfer amounts. Different providers are better for different amounts, so check the sending limits to make sure they’re what you’re after.

    Exchange rates explained

    The exchange rate tells us what a currency is worth in terms of another currency. These rates fluctuate all the time and while there’s no way to predict them, keeping an eye on them will tell you the best time to exchange money – i.e. the best time to send money to Thailand is when either the Canadian dollar is strong or the Thai baht is weak.

    Below, you can see a real-time update of what the mid-market rate is for CAD/THB as well as what it has been historically.

    Today’s exchange rate CAD to THB

    CAD to THB: Historical rate chart

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    Updated: 20 Jul 2019 06:05:17 UTC

    What are the ways I can send money to Thailand?

    Thailand is one of the more popular countries for Canadians to send money to, so there are a number of different ways you can do it.

    • Money transfer services. Almost all money transfer services will allow you to transfer funds to Thailand. These are usually online-only and will often require verification such as your passport or licence when you first sign up. They can also often be the cheapest option and easier to compare.
    • Cash pick-up service. Services like MoneyGram and Western Union let your recipient pick up their money at thousands of locations. This can be one of the fastest ways to transfer money, but often the most expensive.
    • PayPal. While well-known, PayPal comes with higher fees and your recipient will need an account to access the money.
    • International cheque. Buy one of these from your local post office or bank and send it by mail.
    • Banks. Almost every large Canadian bank will allow you to send money to Thailand, generally for worse exchange rates than offered by an online money transfer specialist. You can do this at branches or online using specific online transfer services.

    Let’s crunch the numbers: Your local bank vs a money transfer company

    To show you how a bank transfer compares to an online money transfer specialist, we’ve put the two head to head. For this example, we’ll be using a $500 transfer to compare.

    Major Canadian bankMoney transfer specialist
    Transfer fee$24$4.99
    Exchange rateCAD$1 = THB 21.977CAD$1 = THB 22.092
    Transfer speed2-5 business days1-3 days
    Total baht receivedTHB 10,988.50THB 11,046.01
    Receiver getsTHB 57.51 lessTHB 57.51 more

    For this transfer, you end up getting more money from the money transfer service than the bank. Not only is the exchange rate slightly better, but the fees with the bank are a lot more.

    Need to make an emergency cash transfer in Thailand?

    If you end up needing to make a cash transfer instantly, there are a few options you can look into:

    • Bank-to-bank transfer. You may be able to contact your local Canadian bank and have cash sent to you in Thailand. Ask both your bank and the receiving bank how much the fees would be for this service.
    • Travel insurance emergency assistance. If you purchased a travel insurance policy, or have travel insurance linked to your credit card prior to your trip to Thailand, you may be able to recover emergency money by contacting the provider.
    • Cash transfer company. Cash transfer service providers do not have residency requirements to pick up cash. As long as you have photo ID, you will be able to receive cash.

    Tips for picking up cash in Thailand

    It’s always a good idea to check the Global Affairs Canada website before travelling outside of Canada. For Thailand, they recommend that visitors exercise a high degree of caution. Check the nearby cash pick-up locations carefully before picking up your cash and try to choose one that’s inside of a local bank with added security.

    Cash pick-up locations in Thailand

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      tonyJuly 17, 2015

      how much money can i send to thailand in one transaction

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        JodieJuly 17, 2015Staff

        Hi Tony,

        Thank you for contacting finder.com , a financial comparison website.

        Each different transfer company has their own restrictions on how much they will allow you to send per transfer and these can differ depending on the way you are processing your transfer, use the comparison above to find who would be the best option for you with the amount you wish to transfer and contact them to discuss.

        Regards
        Jodie

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