Things To Know Before Traveling to Thailand

Vacationing in Thailand offers a unique and wonderful experience. Spectacular beaches, awe-inspiring ancient ruins and palatial accommodations make it so that over 60% of Thailand’s visitors are there for their second or more time. Below are a few tips and facts that will help you be well prepared to fully enjoy your experience.

Entry Requirements: If you plan on staying less than 30 days you’ll only need a valid passport (with an expiration no further than 6 months away) and proof of a return ticket. No visa will be required.

Currency: The Baht is Thailand’s currency denomination and it comes in both paper and coin forms. The exchange rate varies, but a rough approximation puts 30 baht worth an equivalent amount to a US dollar. Major credit cards and debit cards are accepted in most restaurants and shopping centers.

Climate: Thailand has a tropical climate and the best time to visit is from November to April during what is known as the high season. May through October coincides with the rainy season, however, Thailand spans a large latitudinal swath and while the northern parts are experiencing monsoons, the southern areas surrounding the Gulf of Thailand are bright, sunny and warm. From March to April the climate is warm and dry with average temperatures in the mid-80s.

What to pack: Due to its tropical climate, Thailand can get somewhat humid so it is recommended that you pack light, airy clothing. Loose cottons and linens are ideal. If you are visiting the northern areas during wintertime, it is advised that you pack a light sweater or jacket.

While visiting temples proper attire is required. This includes covered shoulders for everyone and skirts that extend below the knees for women. Shorts are not allowed so be sure you plan ahead if you intend to enter any Buddhist temples. And remember, it’s considered polite to remove your shoes before you enter!

Language: Thai is the official language of Thailand, but English is widely spoken. Signs are generally in both Thai and English.

Electricity: Thailand’s electric outlets are 220 volts AC. If you will require power, you are advised to bring an adapter kit to allow you access to electricity. Some hotels will have adapters available for a deposit.

Water: Tap water is not safe to drink. It is strongly advised to stick to bottled water. Most hotels offer complimentary bottled water in the rooms on a daily basis. This extends to ice. Be cautious of using ice, however most restaurants serve ice made from government inspected ice factories.

Phone: The international dialing code for Thailand is 66. To make international calls from Thailand, first dial 001, then the country code, followed by the area and phone number. SIM cards are available from local Thai network providers to allow local call/texting.

Royal Family: The King is revered and respected in Thailand and visitors are expected to uphold the same considerations. Speaking disrespectfully or gesturing inappropriately to the Royal Family is punishable under Thai law.

Additional Courtesy: The Buddha is a deity and respect is a priority. Women are not allowed to touch Buddhist monks. However Buddhist teachings influence much of Thai society, so Thai’s usually tend to be relaxed and non-confrontational. Any conflicts can often be resolved with a smile.

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Welcome to Bangkok...

Welcome to Bangkok. If you are coming to the Thai capital to live, work, or just visit, you’ll find there’s a lot going on in this dynamic and sometimes misunderstood metropolis…


Modern Mavels
Melting pot of thriving communities offers a diversity of cultures and attractions…

The area along and about Sukhumvit Road can be divided into Lower Sukhumvit (Soi 1-24), Middle Sukhumvit (Soi 26-71), and Upper Sukhumvit (above Soi 71).

One of Bangkok’s longest and most historical thoroughfares, famed for its blend of business, tourism and lifestyle traffic, Sukhumvit Road has it all – lifestyle shopping centres, major office buildings, parks, international schools and hospitals, health clubs, boutiques, countless nightlife offerings, quaint pubs, world-class restaurants, 24-hours supermarkets, and convenient public transport…

Things to do:
Shopping – Terminal 21, Emporium, Avenue, Gateway Ekkamai
Food and Drink – Bamboo, Sunrise Tacos, Long Table
Nightlife – Cheap Charlie’s, Bed Supperclub, Club Insomnia, The Sportsman Bar

Central Lumpini

Royal Touch
District offers fabulous restaurants and is idyllic for a Sunday afternoon stroll…

The area is bordered by Wireless Road, Phetchaburi Road, Rajdamri Road and Rama IV Road includes Langsuan Road, Chidlom Road, Ploenchit Road, Soi Ruamrudee, Sarasin Road, and Soi Mahatlek 1, 2 and 3.

Perhaps the most regal swathe of land in the entire city, this district is home to embassies, gated estates and Bangkok’s home of greenery – Lumpini Park. The parks to having an address in these confines are great green view, pleasant walks, and the feeling that you’ve made it…

Things to do:
Shopping – Central Chitlom, Gaysorn Plaza, Central World
Food and Drink – Artur Restaurant, Gianni Ristorante, Nippon Tei, Spice Market, Ngwan Lee Lang Suan
Nightlife – Falabella, Red Sky, Mixx, 70s Bar

Sathorn / Silom

Centre of Attraction
Thriving business hub ideal for those who like being where the action is…

The area along and about Sathorn and Silom roads highlights all the colour of Thai life. Sathorn Road can be devided into North Sathorn (between Rama IV Road and Narathiwat Road) and South Sathorn (between Narathiwat Road and Charoen Krung Road). Silom Road can be devided into Lower Silom (between Rama IV Road and Narathiwat Road) and Upper Silom (between Narathiwat Road and Charoen Krung Road).

Sathorn Road is a thriving business centre and home to office buildings, five-star hotels, and financial institutions. Residing here has its advantages as it is close to the silom business and entertainment district, hospitals (BNH, Bangkok Christian, Saint Louis), Lumpini Park, two MRT stations, four BTS stations, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. If you enjoy living in the thick of things, Silom is the place for you. There is always something going on here. Soi Saladaeng is charming, due in large part to the interplay between the established local community and the burgeoning expatriate one…

Things to do:
Shopping – Silom Night Market, Central Silom Complex, O.P. Place, River City Shopping Complex
Food and Drink – O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, Beirut, AOI
Nightlife – Vertigo, Zanotti Wine Bar, Tapas, Roadhouse BBQ

cr: Eric A. DiAdamo, At Your Service Southeast Asia