How to Avoid Bank Fees While Traveling in Thailand or Aboard

Money without borders.

A secure online service (similar to PayPal) saved me about $450 per year on Thai ATM fees and other currency exchange fees. You can transfer and exchange your money using this service with any major currencies like USD, Euro, British Pounds, Australian, Canadian Dollars, Thai Baht and more. I will tell you about it with this article.

Before I do, let us take a quick look at some of the benefits of this service.

10 Benefits Summary

  1. No 220 Baht ATM fee in Thailand (2021). BTW, you can use it in other countries too.No fee from your bank at home. (ZERO bank charges).
  2. Get the real exchange rate from what you see on Google, Yahoo!, and not the exchange rate that the banks decide to give you.
  3. Exchange money straight into your Thai bank account in Thailand.
  4. It can be done within 3-5 business days.
  5. The tightest security, it is regulated by different government bodies and financial institutes all over the world. All transactions are protected by industry-standard HTTPS encryption.
  6. Get low fees, as low as 1%.
  7. Send or exchange large amounts of money to Thailand. The ATM in Thailand will have a maximum withdraw allowance of 15,000 to 30,000 Baht per withdrawal. If you want to withdraw more money, you will have to withdraw again and pay the 220-baht ATM fee and other bank fees.
  8. Lastly, it is expensive to send, transfer or exchange money in Thailand or abroad. Western Union is also expensive. PayPal charges up to 3.5% on a transfer and charges up to 3%-4% currency conversion fees.
  9. It feels great not to be overcharged by banks.

Still listening? Great, but there are some requirements, and this is not for everyone.

Who this is for and not

This is for someone that’s living in Thailand or abroad for an extended period or someone who is a regular visitor, or you’re sending money over to friends or family. If you are coming to Thailand for a holiday for a few days or a few weeks, this might not be the solution for you because it takes time to set up a bank account in Thailand.

Also, you will not get the money exchanged instantly. However, once you have everything set up, you have a Thai bank account, or you are just sending money to someone you know that already has a Thai bank account, then you’re good to go.

Is this better than Charles Schwab?

If you are an American, you probably know about Charles Schwab. However, can anyone that uses Charles Schwab confirm if you are getting the real exchange rate when you withdraw your money from a Thai ATM?

I know Charles Schwab returns the ATM fee in Thailand, but I don’t know if you are getting the real exchange rate, and I would not be surprised if you are not getting the real exchange. But, can someone that uses Charles Schwab confirm this? Please leave a comment below.

How do you do this and save money on money exchange rate?

There are two steps.

Step 1. Click on the link here and sign up. If you use this link, you’ll get your first $800 CAD or equivalent, transfer for FREE.

Step 2. After you have signed up, click on this link to watch a short video tutorial on how to use it.



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Author: Thom

Hi, I’m currently living in Thailand. I’m a artist, designer, travel blogger, and sometimes a YouTuber... Tags: Viator Tours Thailand, Viator Bangkok Airport Transfer, Chiang Mai Viator

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