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Needs To Know

  • Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta
  • Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin)
  • Dialing code: The international dialling code for Thailand is +66
  • Currency: The unit of currency in Thailand is the baht (THB).

Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand?

Most Westerners entering by air you will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival. But please check your Governments Foreign Ministry website to make sure.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling in Thailand?

Absolutely. Travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

What you should pack – You will be traveling to multiple locations, so pack light! Its easy to buy the things you need as you go. Overpacking will haunt you the entire trip. Avoid it at all costs.

  • Passport & a photocopy or photograph of your passport should you loose your original.
  • Medium sized rucksack – Lugging a wheely suitcase is less than practical, so in this part of the world a rucksack is sensible.
  • International driving license (Optional) – Very easy to obtain in most countries for a small fee.
  • Travel plug 220 to 240 volts.
  • A photocopy or photograph of your travel insurance.
  • Money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items.
  • Toiletries – Razors and shaving cream, roll on deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Comfortable shoes for all the exploring you’ll be doing.
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries).
  • Cash, credit and debit cards.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunblock.
  • Bug spray. It’s very unlikely you’ll catch malaria in Thailand unless you’re spending a lot of time in deep jungle – however, mosquito bites can be irritating. Preventing them ever getting near you is the best way to go.

Packing Checklist

  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • Check if you need a visa to enter Thailand
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight ticket
  • Prescription medicines
  • Credit cards and Debit cards
  • Scans or photos of all important documents

Tip! Take cellphone photos of your passport, driving license and all your credit cards, insurance info and any other important documents and save them as JPEGs to your online email account like Gmail or Yahoo Mail.

Prescription Medicines – If you have any meds that the doctor has prescribed keep them in their original packaging and get a letter from your doctor listing them. You are allowed to bring a 30 day supply of personal medication. Certain medications especially ones containing Codeine are strictly controlled and if such are bought into Thailand special permission should be obtained. Please read Guidance for travellers to Thailand carrying personal medications

Phones – Make sure you get your phone unlocked so you can buy a Thai sim for data etc – Most hotels provide a free Wi-Fi connection. It’s much cheaper to switch over to a Thai SIM card on your phone rather than use roaming from home.

Vaccinations – We recommend that you contact a medical specialist, your GP or an authorised vaccination clinic.

Banking & Money – Do not forget to tell your bank your going to Thailand so you can use atms/cash points without problems. Do not change money at airport, change it at your bank as the rates are usually better. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible in case of loss or problems with one card, you will have a back up. Please note, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals. ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix.

Etiquette and cultural differences

Try not to show anger. Displaying frustration or anger by shouting or acting rudely is considered extremely impolite and disrespectful – and nothing good will come of it.

Thais consider the head to be sacred, and you should avoid touching Thai people’s head, face, and hair.

Thais expect visitors to be especially respectful when visiting temples, including speaking quietly, removing shoes, and covering the shoulders, chest, and knees.

Thai food

The beloved Thai cuisine will have your mouth watering with enough restaurants, stalls and markets to suit all taste buds. A great many culinary delights await you in Thailand. The dishes are typically healthy, comprising rice, noodles, meat, vegetables and a wide variety of spices. Thailand is famous for its fragrant street food.