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PR1977

Opening a Thai Bank Account on Tourist Visa

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This has been covered elsewhere before, but I thought I would just start a new topic to recount my recent experience, which ended with me now having a Savings Account with Bangkok Bank despite not being a Thai resident or having any ties to Thailand whatsoever.

I stayed for 17 days in March/April on a tourist Visa.

I asked my accommodation, the D Express Apartment, to provide me with a Certificate of Residence / Lease Contract Confirmation which they did with pleasure in one day.

I took this document to Mannerat on Soi 13/2 along with my passport and two passport photographs; I explained to them that I was a non-resident on a tourist Visa wanting to open a Thai bank account; they suggested that my best option for this was Bangkok Bank. I gave them 500 baht and was asked to return to collect the necessary documents the following day. They do keep your passport overnight. 

I collected an official looking document with my photo appended to it the following afternoon as promised.

I went to Bangkok Bank on Second Road at Soi 6 with this document and my passport and explained that I wanted to open a Savings Account as a non-Thai national on a tourist Visa. This was no problem, I signed about 5 forms, gave my foreign address details etc and 20 minutes later walked out with a passbook and bankcard ready to use. The only cost was 699 baht for the card and there is no annual fee or minimum deposit requirement. You do need to provide a Thai mobile number and after every transaction an SMS is sent to it with the update. The only drawback is that there is no internet banking available for accounts opened on a Tourist Visa; you can transfer money to the account from your own bank account at home though.

As above I know that this has been covered before and apologies if I'm treading on anyone's toes but I thought I would just provide a new, separate more visible update. Really, really pleased and presently surprised that I was able to do this with such ease. The total cost of 1200 (500 for the document and 699 for the card) is less than the cost of 6 withdrawals on a foreign card so well worth it.

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Very useful information, thx for posting

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Having account in this bank costs little more than KrugSri bank

Withdraws are free of charge if you use BB's Atms in BKK region. Not in Chiang Mai, for example.

But if you got account in KrugSri bank , the card costs only 350 Baht and free of  charge using all Atms nationwide

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You got what you wanted, but you paid for it. Nothing major in the scheme of things.

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I forgot to mention that with BBs card you pay fee when you use other banks' Atms even in Bkk region....

The OP can maybe confirm that

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 When you say , no annual fee , you may find you get debited one when you've had the acc. for a year 

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29 minutes ago, Patts Luver said:

I forgot to mention that with BBs card you pay fee when you use other banks' Atms even in Bkk region....

The OP can maybe confirm that

That's a question I didn't ask...I only ever used the card in BB machines in Pattaya. I'll find out when I'm out again in June and update.

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29 minutes ago, worldpunter said:

 When you say , no annual fee , you may find you get debited one when you've had the acc. for a year 

Noted, thanks for the info. I'll find out for certain when I'm out again in June and update the thread accordingly.

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41 minutes ago, worldpunter said:

 When you say , no annual fee , you may find you get debited one when you've had the acc. for a year 

I was in BB, the same office. I was about to open the same account there. I was told that there was an annual fee, it was less than 700. just don't remember exactly.

All in all, it's nice to have an account in Los but I suggest the bank i mentioned above. An other benefit, you can do internett banking.....

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i opened one with kasikorn bank in march there required a certificate of residence and my lease , was bit of a nightmare to be honest but all set up now and i have internet banking and a app on my iPhone so all good , try the one beside the new big c near honey massage not sure about annual fee but not bothered as it beats the 200 atm charge 

 

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1 hour ago, wolf1611 said:

i opened one with kasikorn bank in march there required a certificate of residence and my lease , was bit of a nightmare to be honest but all set up now and i have internet banking and a app on my iPhone so all good , try the one beside the new big c near honey massage not sure about annual fee but not bothered as it beats the 200 atm charge 

 

my k bank a/c is 500 per year. i assume they all are. make sure you leave enough in to cover it if you wont be in town on the anniversary, I gather they'll close it if not.

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21 hours ago, zilly said:

my k bank a/c is 500 per year. i assume they all are. make sure you leave enough in to cover it if you wont be in town on the anniversary, I gather they'll close it if not.

yeah i don't know if they would or not , but they will always be money it it as I've got a condo for foreseeable future

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Very helpful PR1997! Does anyone know of a place like Mannerat in Bangkok?

 

On 4/8/2017 at 0:12 PM, PR1977 said:

This has been covered elsewhere before, but I thought I would just start a new topic to recount my recent experience, which ended with me now having a Savings Account with Bangkok Bank despite not being a Thai resident or having any ties to Thailand whatsoever.

I stayed for 17 days in March/April on a tourist Visa.

I asked my accommodation, the D Express Apartment, to provide me with a Certificate of Residence / Lease Contract Confirmation which they did with pleasure in one day.

I took this document to Mannerat on Soi 13/2 along with my passport and two passport photographs; I explained to them that I was a non-resident on a tourist Visa wanting to open a Thai bank account; they suggested that my best option for this was Bangkok Bank. I gave them 500 baht and was asked to return to collect the necessary documents the following day. They do keep your passport overnight. 

I collected an official looking document with my photo appended to it the following afternoon as promised.

I went to Bangkok Bank on Second Road at Soi 6 with this document and my passport and explained that I wanted to open a Savings Account as a non-Thai national on a tourist Visa. This was no problem, I signed about 5 forms, gave my foreign address details etc and 20 minutes later walked out with a passbook and bankcard ready to use. The only cost was 699 baht for the card and there is no annual fee or minimum deposit requirement. You do need to provide a Thai mobile number and after every transaction an SMS is sent to it with the update. The only drawback is that there is no internet banking available for accounts opened on a Tourist Visa; you can transfer money to the account from your own bank account at home though.

As above I know that this has been covered before and apologies if I'm treading on anyone's toes but I thought I would just provide a new, separate more visible update. Really, really pleased and presently surprised that I was able to do this with such ease. The total cost of 1200 (500 for the document and 699 for the card) is less than the cost of 6 withdrawals on a foreign card so well worth it.

 

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Very useful, updates always welcome as things can change quickly in the los


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I arrive next month and plan to open a bank account also. My Thai lady friend is going to say I'm staying in her condo. Hopefully this will be OK 

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On 4/8/2017 at 8:12 PM, PR1977 said:

I went to Bangkok Bank on Second Road at Soi 6 with this document and my passport and explained that I wanted to open a Savings Account as a non-Thai national on a tourist Visa. This was no problem, I signed about 5 forms, gave my foreign address details etc and 20 minutes later walked out with a passbook and bankcard ready to use. The only cost was 699 baht for the card and there is no annual fee or minimum deposit requirement. You do need to provide a Thai mobile number and after every transaction an SMS is sent to it with the update. The only drawback is that there is no internet banking available for accounts opened on a Tourist Visa; you can transfer money to the account from your own bank account at home though.

Hi mate,

i have an account at the same branch and I also got it from a tourist Visa although I did have my TGF to do most of the talking.  I have internet banking too although I don't ever use it.  I do transfer money there monthly through the Bangkok Bank branch in London online however.  If you use this link then you should be able to set up internet banking for your account.  Hope it helps.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/OnlineBanking/PersonalBanking/IBanking/BualuangiBanking/Pages/Default.aspx

 

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21 hours ago, Drewbrogan said:

Hi mate,

i have an account at the same branch and I also got it from a tourist Visa although I did have my TGF to do most of the talking.  I have internet banking too although I don't ever use it.  I do transfer money there monthly through the Bangkok Bank branch in London online however.  If you use this link then you should be able to set up internet banking for your account.  Hope it helps.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/OnlineBanking/PersonalBanking/IBanking/BualuangiBanking/Pages/Default.aspx

 

Thanks, I'll give that a go

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21 hours ago, Drewbrogan said:

Hi mate,

i have an account at the same branch and I also got it from a tourist Visa although I did have my TGF to do most of the talking.  I have internet banking too although I don't ever use it.  I do transfer money there monthly through the Bangkok Bank branch in London online however.  If you use this link then you should be able to set up internet banking for your account.  Hope it helps.

http://www.bangkokbank.com/OnlineBanking/PersonalBanking/IBanking/BualuangiBanking/Pages/Default.aspx

 

Thanks, I'll give that a go

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On 4/10/2017 at 5:19 PM, wolf1611 said:

i opened one with kasikorn bank in march there required a certificate of residence and my lease , was bit of a nightmare to be honest but all set up now and i have internet banking and a app on my iPhone so all good , try the one beside the new big c near honey massage not sure about annual fee but not bothered as it beats the 200 atm charge 

 

With this account can you transfer money from your account home to your Thai account?

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On 4/8/2017 at 3:12 PM, PR1977 said:

This has been covered elsewhere before, but I thought I would just start a new topic to recount my recent experience, which ended with me now having a Savings Account with Bangkok Bank despite not being a Thai resident or having any ties to Thailand whatsoever.

I stayed for 17 days in March/April on a tourist Visa.

I asked my accommodation, the D Express Apartment, to provide me with a Certificate of Residence / Lease Contract Confirmation which they did with pleasure in one day.

I took this document to Mannerat on Soi 13/2 along with my passport and two passport photographs; I explained to them that I was a non-resident on a tourist Visa wanting to open a Thai bank account; they suggested that my best option for this was Bangkok Bank. I gave them 500 baht and was asked to return to collect the necessary documents the following day. They do keep your passport overnight. 

I collected an official looking document with my photo appended to it the following afternoon as promised.

I went to Bangkok Bank on Second Road at Soi 6 with this document and my passport and explained that I wanted to open a Savings Account as a non-Thai national on a tourist Visa. This was no problem, I signed about 5 forms, gave my foreign address details etc and 20 minutes later walked out with a passbook and bankcard ready to use. The only cost was 699 baht for the card and there is no annual fee or minimum deposit requirement. You do need to provide a Thai mobile number and after every transaction an SMS is sent to it with the update. The only drawback is that there is no internet banking available for accounts opened on a Tourist Visa; you can transfer money to the account from your own bank account at home though.

As above I know that this has been covered before and apologies if I'm treading on anyone's toes but I thought I would just provide a new, separate more visible update. Really, really pleased and presently surprised that I was able to do this with such ease. The total cost of 1200 (500 for the document and 699 for the card) is less than the cost of 6 withdrawals on a foreign card so well worth it.

Since you cannot transfer money into the account would you know if you could deposit a cashier's check from your bank at home.  I like the idea of being able to use an ATM and just take out what I need

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27 minutes ago, cdp said:

Since you cannot transfer money into the account would you know if you could deposit a cashier's check from your bank at home.  I like the idea of being able to use an ATM and just take out what I need

He says in the post you quoted that you CAN transfer funds into the account.

I regularly transfer from my UK account to my Thai account.

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i got all 3 of my accounts on a Visa on entry, but that was a few years ago

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On 02/06/2017 at 7:58 PM, cdp said:

With this account can you transfer money from your account home to your Thai account?

of course never heard of a bank that won't accept a transfer to be honest 

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2 hours ago, wolf1611 said:

of course never heard of a bank that won't accept a transfer to be honest 

Actually I have an account in the Philippines and one of my US accounts doesn't recognize the routing number.  The other US account said they can do it as a wire transfer which would cost $40. So I was just checking to see if a Thai account would be easy. 

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