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Opening a bank account which bank?

Post by AJBangkok » Thu May 19, 2016 7:49 pm

I need to open a bank account in Hua Hin and was wondering which bank is the most farang friendly. I have a visa but no work permit, I have a Bangkok address but no Hua Hin address yet.

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Post by dundrillin » Thu May 19, 2016 11:07 pm

I find Kasikorn Bank in Market Village user friendly with most of the staff having passable English language skills. Internet banking is also efficient. Convenient parking is a bonus.

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Post by Farang » Fri May 20, 2016 12:37 am

dundrillin wrote:I find Kasikorn Bank in Market Village user friendly with most of the staff having passable English language skills. Internet banking is also efficient. Convenient parking is a bonus.
,,,and the fact that the bank is open also on weekends and late in the evening. At this branch a tourist can open a bank account with no hassle at all. Kasikorn debit card has so far worked absolutely everywhere both when buying or drawing money at various and sundry ATM's.
Of all the banks I've used in Thailand, so far Kasikorn has been the best.
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Re: Opening a bank account which bank?

Post by gerryha » Fri May 20, 2016 2:32 am

Like everywhere, people have their own favourite. We have 3 a/cs with bangkok bank, Kbank and SCB. To be honest have had no probs with any of them.our DDMS are with BKK bank, SCB offers incentives and Kbank is a good reliable bank. Nothing much in them to be honest

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Post by dundrillin » Sat May 21, 2016 4:13 am

One thing I like about Kasikorn is that for a small fee they will send you a text message instantly that cash is withdrawn from your account ( or deposited ) I don't know if other Thai banks offer this service but I wish my UK bank did.

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Post by Ginjaninja » Sat May 21, 2016 7:11 am

dundrillin wrote:One thing I like about Kasikorn is that for a small fee they will send you a text message instantly that cash is withdrawn from your account ( or deposited ) I don't know if other Thai banks offer this service but I wish my UK bank did.
DD, I used to get the SMS notification but no longer receive after I updated my new number (already updated with K-bank). Do you know how I activate the SMS service?
Thanks, GN.

Edit: just figured out how to set it up using my phone K-bank app. 199thb service charge/year.

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Post by AJBangkok » Sat May 21, 2016 11:29 pm

Thanks very much everybody

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Re: Opening a bank account which bank?

Post by jungle » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:43 pm

i have a bank account with the Kasikorn bank in Hua Hin but i wanted to open an account for my wife with the Bangkok Bank while we were visiting Bangkok next month. when i contacted the bank they said i would need a valid passport and a recommendation letter from the embassy to confirm passport and our address in Hua Hin. Any one had to do this before. i never had to show anything from the British embassy when we opened the Kasikorn account.

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Opening a bank account which bank?

Post by Felipesed1 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:02 pm

The Bangkok Bank branch north of Huahin, on Phetkasem Road, is very farang-friendly.
Should just need passport.

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Post by europtimiste » Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:46 pm

Avoid BAY not farang friendly.

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Post by Bristolian » Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:10 pm

europtimiste wrote:Avoid BAY not farang friendly.
It's really down to the branch quite often and not the bank itself. I have zero experience of BAY branch(s) in HH but in BKK I had a mortgage with them for 10 years and they were very ok.
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Re: Opening a bank account which bank?

Post by buksida » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:34 am

Bristolian wrote: It's really down to the branch quite often and not the bank itself.
Totally agree. Too many people think things are set in stone here. Try other banks and even other towns if one branch causes problems, its probably because the teller didn't want the extra hassle of dealing with aliens.
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Re: Opening a bank account which bank?

Post by HarryVardon » Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:44 am

If you're going to put some of your money in a deposit account then look around they all offer different interest and sometimes there are special offers. I have a senior account by Kasikorn and get 4%.

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Re: Opening a bank account which bank?

Post by europtimiste » Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:22 am

HarryVardon: What are requirements for this senior account ?

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Post by Pagey » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:01 pm

europtimiste wrote:HarryVardon: What are requirements for this senior account ?
I presume it is this :

http://www.kasikornbank.com/EN/Personal ... posit.aspx

Edit : But I don't see 4% quoted anywhere.
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