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Banking takes on new class as an art form at Phuket's Kasikorn

Introducing Phuket's Swankiest Bank: Photo Special

Monday, February 16, 2015
PHUKET: The title of Phuket's swankiest bank now goes to the renovated Kasikorn Bank branch that opened last week in Rassada Road, Old Phuket Town. With its architecturally pleasing faux Sino-Portuguese exterior comes an interior upgrade and banking services that grow more high-end the further up one ascends, floor by floor. About one in 10 customers are expats.

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No doubt they can afford it as Kasikorn charge 800 Baht for an ATM card whilst the other banks are only 200-300 Baht

Posted by Stuart on February 17, 2015 08:36

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I don't mean to be pedantic but last time I looked, Kasikorn Bank was situated on Phang Nga Road. And yes Stuart; for a bank that simply cannot (yet) understand the Paypal setup it was a tad expensive setting up an account for what amounted to not very much at all in terms of service levels.

Posted by Sam Wilko on February 17, 2015 18:37

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You're right, Sam. The bank is in Phang Nga Road.

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@Stuart, you were had, mate. Kasikorn have only ever charged me 200 baht per card, and I have had 3 of them so far (keep leaving the bloody things in ATMs!)

The "out of province" charge to withdraw money when you are off phuket is expensive though

Interesting that countries such as Thailand and Australia that have high retail banking charges were not affected as much by the GFC as countries like UK and US where the banks rely more on complex loan structures to make their money.

I know which I prefer in the long run !

Posted by Amazing Thailand on February 19, 2015 02:10

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Lovely building, though. Nice to see they made an effort.

Posted by john on February 20, 2015 23:01

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@Stuart- there are 2 types of ATM card the cheaper one is just an ATM card, the more expensive one acts as a Debit Card as well.

Posted by Mister Ree on February 20, 2015 23:11

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Nice article!

Posted by geoff on February 21, 2015 09:18


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