to Thailand - Travel Tips for Visitors
Visas : Visitors
to Thailand who hold valid passports or travelling documents
issued by any country included in an officially issued list
of eligible countries are permitted one-month visa-free visits.
If planning a longer stay, a Tourist Visa valid for 60 days
must be obtained from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad.
Visa extensions can be applied for at the Immigration D epartment
: We enjoy a tropical climate with 3 distinct seasons
- Hot from March through May, Wet from June to September, and
Cool from October through February. The average annual temperature
is 28o C (83o F), ranging from in Bangkok, for example, from
30 C in April to 25 C in December.
What To Wear : Light,
loose cotton clothing is best. Nylon should be avoided. Sweaters
are needed during the cool season evenings or if visiting mountainous
areas or national parks. Jackets and ties are required in a
few restaurants and nightclubs. Neat clothes are required for
entering temples or palaces.
Local Time : GMT +
Hours : Most offices open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday
to Friday, except on public holidays. General banking hours
are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Many stores open 12
hours a day, seven days a week.
Currency : There are 100 satangs in
1 baht. (B=baht) Notes are issued in denominations of B1000
(gray), B500 (purple), B100 (red), B50 (blue), B20 (green),
and B10 (brown). There are 10, 5 and 1 baht coin, and 50 and
25 satang. Most foreign currencies and traveller cheques are
easily changed at banks, hotels or moneychangers. All major
credit cards are widely accepted throughout the kingdom.
Electricity : The
electric system is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles). There are many plugs
and sockets in use. Travelers with shavers, tape recorders and
other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit.