Banking in Thailand

Information on opening a Thai bank account - what documents to provide - the credit and debit cards, payment methods, cheques and more...

Opening a bank account in a Thai bank or a foreign bank based in Thailand can be relatively simple. There are documents that must be presented in order to set up an account, depending on the type of account opened, and requirements may vary from bank to bank and even between different branches.

Although the process of opening an account is easier if a person has a valid work permit, it's not always essential. For a savings account or a foreign currency account banks will generally accept an official letter of recommendation from an Embassy.

Major Thailand Retail Banks

Most banks have good websites in English and it's advisable to study the details before deciding on which bank to use.