Bangkok, official name Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, is the capital of Thailand and, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far its largest city. Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife may not immediately give you the best impression — but don't let that mislead you. It is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.
The basic unit of Thai currency is the baht. There are 100 satangs in one baht – though the only place you’ll be able to spend them is in the ubiquitous 7-Elevens. Coins come in denominations of 25 satangs, 50 satangs, 1B, 2B, 5B and 10B. Paper currency comes in denominations of 20B (green), 50B (blue), 100B (red), 500B (purple) and 1000B (beige).
Banks or private money changers offer the best foreign-exchange rates. When buying baht, the US dollar is the most accepted currency, followed by British pounds and euros. Most banks charge a commission and duty for each traveler's cheque cashed. Current exchange rates are posted at exchange counters.
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