Facts for the Visitor to Thailand

Accommodation

Hotels and guest houses are abundant, varied, and reasonably priced in Thailand. In the main tourist destinations you can choose a simple room with a fan, or a luxurious suite at an international hotel chain, and just about anything in between. Choice will be more limited in less popular destinations, but you should always be able to find clean, comfortable accommodation. read more

Customs and Formalities

If you arrive in Thailand by air, or by rail at Padang Besar, you will be given a customs declaration form and a sheet detailing the regulations....More »

Do's and Don'ts

Whilst Thai people are among the most tolerant and forbearing of hosts, they have nevertheless a number of customs and taboos which the visitor should respect. To help with this the Tourist Authority of Thailand publishes a tiny booklet entitled "Do's and Don'ts in Thailand"..... More »

Exchange rate

Banks adjust their exchange rates on a daily basis, in line with international money markets, and usually offer the best rates. Hotels and some shops also offer exchange services usually at less favourable rates......More »

Gems, Jewellery

There are gold shops selling necklaces and rings on the streets of every town and city in Thailand. The gold on sale is 99.99% pure, which is of a much higher quality than you will find in western countries. Gold is sold by weight and the unit is the Baht(15.2 grams), the same name as the currency......read more

Health

General practitioners, dentists and opticians are readily available.  Doctors and staff in the larger hospitals generally speak good English. Every major town in Thailand will have a public hospital, but these can be poorly equipped and overcrowded....More »

Medical Vacation

Perhaps you could combine that surgery with your next holiday and take your convalescence at a beachside resort. Medical vacations are becoming a growth industry thanks to a fortunate combination of low cost, but high quality medical care and a wide variety of very affordable tourist attractions....read more

Miscellaneous

Most government offices open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, but close from 12 noon to 1 pm for lunch. Banks open at 8.30 am and close at 3.30 pm Monday to Friday. However, in major tourist areas currency exchange offices will open every day from 9.00 am until around 6.30pm, with some staying open until late evening.....More »

Safety

Despite the travel advisories put out out by several European nations, which especially point at the island of Phuket in the south, Thailand is still a very safe place to visit. If you are doubtful please have a look at the views and comparisons put forward at the Safe Phuket web site..... More »

Transportation

Bangkok is a hub for many destinations in South-East Asia and, as a result, there are a large number of airlines flying directly to Bangkok from Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. If you plan to travel around the Christmas and New Year period book well in advance since this can be a busy time of year....more

Visa

Visitors from most countries who arrive in Thailand without a visa will be granted a 30 day stay if they have proof of onward ticket and adequate funds.

For longer stays you should apply for a visa before leaving home. A tourist visa allows the visitor....More »

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