Welcome to Thailand
Travel Tips for Visitors
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 in Bangkok.
: 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
+ 7 hours.
Business 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
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.