Using PayPal in Thailand

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The rise of e-commerce in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, is rapidly growing. In fact, Thailand has over 12 million e-commerce users, and that number is growing.  E-commerce in Thailand is set to become a main driver of internet development in the country. In recent years, many Thais have become more tech savvy and online shopping has become a popular trend.

Today, there are many online shopping portals in Thailand. Among the most popular are Lazada, Galleon, Aliexpress, Tarad, and iTruemart by WeMall. From a survey by Nielsen — a leading global information & measurement company — 68% of Thai online shoppers prefer paying in cash. Nonetheless, with the growth of e-commerce, many payment gateways are certain to take over.

Among the payment methods preferred by Thais are cash on delivery, local payment transfers, 2C2P, Paysbuy, Prompt Pay, Thaiepay, and Mobiamo. For many, especially people from the US, Paypal is what they trust when it comes to online money transfers.

PayPal Thailand has been operational for many years now. However, Thai people still prefer to pay in cash, either by cash on delivery (COD) or local money transfer. Nevertheless, PayPal is worth using and it isn’t impossible for it to take over just as it did in most Western countries.

How to Sign Up

Signing up is easy. Here’s what you’ll need:

An active email address, valid ID (National ID, Driver’s License or Passport), mobile number and a credit/debit card.

  1. To get started, go to PayPal and click sign up
  2. Choose between two account types:
  • Buy with PayPal: For people who primarily want to buy online
  • Receive payments with PayPal: For people and businesses who primarily want to receive payments
  1. Provide your email address and desired password
  2. Fill out form
  3. Link a credit/debit card (optional; this can be done later)
  4. Confirm your email address
  5. Verify your bank account

How to verify your PayPal account registered in Thailand

All newly-registered PayPal accounts are initially “unverified” and have withdrawal limits – this limit helps reduce fraudulent transactions due to stolen credit cards or unauthorized use of bank accounts. To lift this limit, you’ll need to verify your bank account.

Here’s how to verify your bank account:

  1.      Log on to your PayPal account
  2.      Click Wallet and Link a Bank Account. The following Thai Banks can be linked with PayPal:

Bangkok Bank PlcKasikorn Bank Plc.
Bank of AmericaCalyon Bank
Siam Commercial Bank PlcSiam City Bank Plc
Thanachart Bank PlcIslamic Bank of Thailand
JP Morgan Chase Bank (Bangkok Branch)Bank of Tokyo (Bangkok Branch)
Government Housing BankMizuho Corporate Bank
Standard Chartered Bank (Thai)Bank of Ayudhya PCL
Krung Thai Bank PlcABN AMRO Bank N.V
Deutsche BankHongkong and Shanghai Bank
Sumitomo Mitsue Banking CorporationCitibank N.A
Kiatnakin Bank PlcTISCO Bank Plc
Thai Military Bank PlcTha International Commercial Bank of China
BNP Paribas (Bangkok Branch)GE Money Retail Bank PCL and Land and Houses Retail Bank Pcl.
  1. Enter bank information including bank name, account number and name on the account. Click continue to proceed.
  2. Go back to Account Summary, scroll down and click “See how much you can send with PayPal.”   
  1.   Click Remove Limit
  2.   Fill out required bank account details to request a unique 4-digit code needed to complete the process. Click continue to proceed.
  3. Retrieve your 4-digit code from the description field of your online credit card statement. It will appear after 2-3 business days as: PP*XXXXCODE (e.g., PP*1234CODE).
  4. Log back in to your PayPal account, click Wallet and click Ready to Confirm.

9. Enter the 4-digit code from your card statement.

Where to use PayPal in Thailand

  • Shop online and be covered with PayPal Buyer Protection: Almost every online store both in Thailand and in other countries today accepts PayPal as a payment method. Basically because it’s safe, convenient, and fast.
  • Use PayPal to book hotels: Many online travel booking platforms accept PayPal as a payment method. In fact, Centara Hotels & Resorts — Thailand’s leading hotel operator, with 43 deluxe and first-class properties across all of the major tourist destinations in the country – has teamed up with PayPal to streamline bookings.
  • Get paid online: Want to work online? Most employers prefer PayPal to pay staff abroad. Whether you are a blogger, web designer, web developer, advertising manager, customer support associate, virtual assistant or affiliate marketer, PayPal is the best option for you.
  • Receive/Request money from anyone across the globe: If you’re a merchant who wants to expand your business internationally, you can take advantage of PayPal.Me for Business. PayPal.Me is the latest feature from PayPal for people to conveniently send and manage money online – with it, merchants no longer need to send a manual payment request or bank account number. Learn more about it here.
  • Use PayPal to book a plane ticket at Thai Airways and Thai Airasia: Recently, PayPal has collaborated with Thailand’s national airline Thai Airways. Thai Airasia now accepts PayPal as a payment method as well.

How to top-up PayPal Thailand

Adding funds to your account using your linked debit/credit card is not yet possible with PayPal Thailand. You can only use PayPal as the medium of payment when you make a purchase online — provided that it is linked with your debit/credit card. Any transaction amount shall be directly deducted from your card. Basically, the only way to top up your account is through a money transfer from another PayPal user.

Bottom line

As e-commerce takes over the world, many merchants expand their business internationally. Not only does it bring convenience to consumers, it also creates opportunities for many business owners. PayPal is basically one way to boost e-commerce in Thailand – it simply opens doors for international customers. While there are many global e-payment players in Thailand, PayPal aims to be a “must choice” e-payment option in Thailand. As PayPal dominates online payment processing around the world, it’s not impossible for it to take over Thailand as well.

If you have any additional information about using PayPal in Thailand, let us know in the comments.

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2 Comments on “Using PayPal in Thailand”

  1. Muhammad Naseem

    I’m a tourist in Thailand on 2 months Visa, I have opened bank account in Bangkok bank, if I link this account to PayPal and then later paypal asks me to verify my address how will I verify my address since I’m living in a hotel or hostel?

  2. Matthew

    Thanks for such a concise and informative article. I have recently moved to Thailand and am in the process of trying to find a bank that can accept transfers from my PayPal account. My business is e-commerce in the US so I have to have access to my PayPal account to survive 😉
    My question is simple: from an online/digital banking perspective, is there any of the above-mentioned banks that stand out among the rest (for expats of course)
    Look forward to your advice!

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