Country – Thailand

Quick Starter Guide to Thailand

Official Language – Thai

Capital – Bangkok

Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
(1 THB = 1.80 INR as on 28 May 2014)

Time Zone – Thailand Standard Time (THA)
(IST = THA+1 hour 30 minutes)

Visa15 day visa on arrival is available at airport

Airports – You are most likely to land at either Suvarnabhumi International Airport (IATA – BKK) or Don Muang Airport (IATA – DMK); both located in Bangkok
List of flight connections between India and Thailand

Official Tourist WebsiteAmazing Thailand

When do Tourists Visit Thailand

  • High Season – November to March
  • Average Season – April to June; September; October
  • Low Season – July to August

Safety Advise on Travel in Thailand

  • Exercise a high degree of caution in Bangkok due to civil unrest and political demonstrations; as on 28 May 2014
  • Koh Phangan – be extra careful and always have a watch on what is going in your bucket; do not accept anything from strangers
  • Use/sale of drugs is prohibited and will carry heavy punishment
  • Do not photograph military equipment, installation or people
  • Border disputes with
    1. Cambodia at Southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla & Preah Vihear temple area
    2. Burma at provinces of Tak and Mae Hong Son
  • Crime such as pick pocketing, bag snatching, theft and petty money scams are common in Thailand; be alert in touristy and isolated places
  • Do not visit islands during the peak of Monsoon season
  • Travel insurance is advisable

Money

  • Cash is the king
  • ATM’s are widespread
  • Credit cards are accepted at high/middle range restaurants and hotels
  • Travelers Cheques can be cashed out at many banks but they charge a fee. When applying for a cash loan in Thailand, do bring all your documents with you.
  • Do not exchange at the airport, the exchange rates there are disappointing

Transportation

  • Air – The main airports are in Bangkok (BKK & DMK) and two other international airports in Phuket (HKT) and Chiang Mai (CNX). There are plenty of domestic airports in/nearby all the major tourist places.
  • Boat – Boats connect most of the touristy islands with the mainland Thailand. Be aware, boat travel in peak monsoon is dangerous.
  • Bus – Intercity buses are reliable and cheap. But a better option is minivans as they are more faster and new.
  • Rail – The rail network in Thailand is 4500 kilometers long. It connects almost all the parts of Thailand ranging from Northern parts like Chiang Mai and Southern to Surat Thani.
  • Local Transport
    Taxis – Bangkok has metered taxis. In other cities and towns taxi fares can be negotiated before travel
    Tuk Tuks – Tuk Tuk is Indian version of motorized auto rickshaw; the fares are negotiable and not done through meters
    Mass Transit Rail – Bangkok is well connect with mass transit rail; other cities has no metro rail

Communication

  • Thailand’s dialing code is +66
  • SIM cards can be purchased at airport & 7-Eleven and the cost ranges from 300 – 500 Baht. Calls to India is about 5 Baht per minute. Alternatively using, VOIP service provided by Local Phone or Rebtel will cost you more than ten times lesser.
  • WiFi is provided by most of the hotels. Restaurants and coffee shops may or may not provide WiFi.

Embassies

  • Embassy of India
    46, Prasarnmitr, Sukhumvit, Soi 23, Bangkok 10110
    +66 (02)-2580300-5
  • Consulate General of India
    33/1, Thung Hotel Road, Wat-Kate, Muang, Chiang Mai
    +66 (0)-53-243066

Useful Links

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Quick Starter Guide to Thailand

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