Send Money to Thailand Securely

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

thailandSend money to Thailand and take advantage of competitive exchange rates and low fees.

There are more than 300,000 Americans of Thai descent, while more than 750,000 American tourists visited Thailand in 2014. It’s therefore no surprise that there are plenty of options to choose from if you need to send money from the United States to Thailand.

Exchange rates, fees and transfer options vary depending on the transfer provider you choose, so it’s important that you shop around and compare different transfer providers to find the best deal.

Compare International Money Transfers

Rates last updated December 5th, 2016
Description Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available. USD 1 Within an hour Online, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer Go to site More
USForex International Money Transfers
USForex International Money Transfers
Take advantage of competitive exchange rates and cheap transfer fees. USD 150 1 day Online, Phone, Agent, Bank Account to Bank Account, International Money Order Go to site More

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Banks versus money transfer services

Banks are the first option many people think of when they want to send money overseas but they’re usually not the best option. As banks tend to offer low exchange rates and charge high fees for international transfers, you may be better off using the services of a specialist money transfer provider.

These companies are experts at moving money internationally and can usually offer the best exchange rates available.

Case Study: Carl Sends Money to Thailand

Carl’s son Jim is spending a year studying abroad in Bangkok, and Carl needs to find an easy and affordable way to transfer $1,000 to Jim to help him pay his rent. Rather than ask his bank to take care of the transfer, Carl decides to compare the features of a couple of specialist money transfer companies to see if he can find a better deal.

Money transfer company 1Money transfer company 2
Exchange rate1 USD = 35.051 USD = 34.27 THB
Transfer fee$5$16
Transfer methodBank account depositCash pickup
Processing time5 business days10 minutes
Amount received (in THB)35,05034,270 THB

As you can see, Carl can send almost 780 THB extra and also save $11 in fees by using the first transfer company.

How to compare transfer companies when transferring money to Thailand

  • Exchange rates. Keep in mind that providers that offer competitive exchange rates may also charge higher fees.
  • Fees. Fees can vary significantly between providers, so make sure you check the fees charged by different companies.
  • Transfer methods. In addition to online or in-branch transfers, some companies allow you to initiate transactions over the telephone or through smartphone apps.
  • Transfer options. Forward contracts, limit orders and recurring payments are just a few of the flexible options offered by some companies.
  • Turnaround time. From 10 minutes to several days, processing times can vary depending on the provider, where you’re sending your funds and the transfer method you choose.
  • Minimum limit. Always check to see whether a provider imposes a high minimum transfer limit, as this can be restrictive if you only need to send a small transfer.
  • Pickup methods. Some companies send transfers directly to bank accounts while others allow you to collect the cash from an agent location.
  • Customer service. The availability of phone, email and online chat customer support can be crucial if you experience difficulties with a transaction.
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How to send money to Thailand from America

  • Bank transfers. Approach your bank about sending an international wire transfer from your US bank account to a Thai account.
  • Online money transfer providers. Online money transfer providers offer cheap and quick transfers to Thai bank accounts.
  • Money transfer companies with cash pickup options. Ria and Western Union are two money transfer companies with pickup locations in Thailand.
  • PayPal. PayPal offers a convenient international money transfer option.
  • Checks. An international check is a safe but slow transfer method.
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Emergency cash transfers in Thailand

If you need to send funds to Thailand as quickly as possible, don’t forget to check the fee and exchange rate that will apply to your transaction. Many money transfer providers will charge higher fees and offer worse exchange rates for urgent transactions, so it’s important that you’re aware of the full transaction details before you hand over your hard-earned cash.

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Cash pickup locations in Thailand / Western Union / MoneyGram / Ria branches in Thailand

As the world’s three largest providers of international money transfers, Western Union, MoneyGram, and Ria allow you to send funds that can be picked up in person from agent locations throughout Thailand. Your recipient will need to take photo ID and a reference number when they pick up the funds, while phoning ahead to check opening hours is also a good idea.

Western Union – Bangkok

PhuketKTB Bangkok

173 Dinsor Rd

Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

+66-2-2263879

Open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

India Emporium

561 India Emporium Department Store

Floor 3 Chakphet Rd

Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

+66-2-2240533

Open 9:30am to 5:30pm seven days

BBL Booth Kata Garden Resort

Exchange Booth32 Karon Road
Karon MueangMueang, Phuket 83210+66-76-330545Open 10am to 11pm Monday to Sunday

BBL Coliseum Paradise Phuket

28 34 Tha Worn Worng Wong Road

Mueang, Phuket 83000

+66-76-214630

Open 10am to 6pm seven days

MoneyGram – Bangkok

PhuketSiam Commercial Bank

62 Silom RdSuriyawong Bang RakBangkok, 105002357814Open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 7pm, 9:30am to 5pm Saturday

Government Savings Bank

40 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd

Bowon Niwet

Phranakhon, 10200

022241887

Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm

TMB Bank

Corner Plaza Shopping Complex

112 3 Taina Karon Muang

Phuket, 83000

76330088

Open 10am to 7:30pm seven days

TMB Bank

Front of Patong Merlin Hotel Thaweewong

Phuket, 83000

76341048

Open 9am to 7:30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday

Ria – Bangkok

PhuketBangkok Bank Public Company Limited

333 Silom Road, Bangrak Bangkok 10500

Bangkok BK

Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Government Savings Bank

180/13-15 Charansanitwong, Ban Changlor,

Bangkok BK

No information on opening times available

Government Savings Bank

125 Phang-Nga Road, Tumbon Thaladyai,

Phuket PU

No information on opening times available

Government Savings Bank

279-281 Patak Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket

Phuket PU

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Tips for picking up cash in Thailand

Whether you’re picking up cash in Thailand, at home in the USA or anywhere else in the world, you should exercise some safety precautions.

  • Take someone along with you for increased security
  • Keep hold of your wallet or bag at all times
  • Don’t wave large sums of cash around in public
  • Deposit funds in a bank account rather than carrying around large sums
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How to send money to Thailand

While the transfer process varies between providers, the first thing you will usually have to do is sign up for an account. This can be done by providing a few basic details including your name and address, your contact details and an acceptable form of photo ID.

Once your transfer has been placed, you will typically be given a receipt or a reference number which you can use to check up on the status of your transaction.

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