So you’re on your way to the airport and off to Thailand for the once a year fling. Passport, Check! Socks and jocks, Check! Money, Check! With all the excitement of what’s in store I bet you didn’t stop and take the chance to make sure you’re not carry fake notes? Who does right? So that’s why we are going to talk about a not so much talked about topic and make sure our readers aren’t getting ripped off.

Thailand’s largest denomination banknote is the 1,000 baht note, which is the equivalent of around $30 at today’s exchange rate.

The Thai Bankers’ Association says the situation is under control and not as bad as people are making it out to be.

It’s quite easy to figure out if a 1,000 baht note in Thailand is counterfeit so everyone should check it. The easiest way is to look at the 1,000 baht note under a ultra-violet light. It will have sections that will glow in the dark. The fake notes will not. Also, the words “Thai Government” are actually embossed in Thai script on the bank note too.

The best way to ascertain that the 1,000 baht note is not counterfeit is simply to hold it up to the sun. On every authentic 1,000 baht note, there is a watermark of the King of Thailand. The watermark is on the right-hand side of the note as you’re looking at the note from the front.

There is also a small circle to the right of the King’s neck on the front of the note (not the watermarked head of the King, the actual drawing on the front of the note). It has an orange and a blue mark in the circle. If you hold the note up to the light, other markings will appear in that circle that will complete the orange and blue marks to make the image of a leaf-like character appear. This, too, can only be seen on the real banknote.




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