Opening a Bank Account

One would think that opening a bank account would be a simple matter.

Think again!

Unless you have a work permit or meet some other cumbersome requirements you cannot open an account without a Thai guarantor, a rental agreement and a letter from the immigration office.  If you are a husband and wife, be sure the rental agreement is in both of your names.  Because, for your initial 90 day visas, you will both need to open separate accounts with the required amount of money (800,000.00 THB).   These accounts must be in one name only.

Once your account is opened there is an abundance of ATM machines where you can get cash with no fee.