Tips & Useful info
Light, loose, cotton clothing is best. Nylon should be avoided. A light jacket or sweater is needed when traveling during the cool season or visiting mountainous areas or national parks. When visiting temples or palaces, long skirts or slacks (not shorts) should be worn. Some places provide a sarong for tourists who are wearing shorts when they visit, but not everywhere, so you can take your own sarong in order to dress properly when visiting those places. Please remember that topless attire at all beach areas is frowned upon by the local people, so please dress presentably.
Thailand’s climate is tropical and generally hot and humid throughout the year. Thailand’s seasons are generally divided into 3 distinct seasons: Hot, Rainy and Cool. The longest season is the rainy season, so we recommend you bring an umbrella and a hat or sun glasses with you while you are in Thailand
Hot season - March through May
Rainy season - June through September
Cool season – October through February
The average annual temperature is 28 Celsius, ranging from around 30-40 Celsius in April to around 25 Celsius in December.
GMT + 7 hours
Business hours - Most offices are open from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, but government offices are open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Monday thru Friday (except on public holidays).
General banking hours - Open Monday thru Friday, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Some banks are open in department store on the weekends.
Many stores are open 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Big department stores usually open from 10.30 am to 9.00 pm. All Seven-Eleven stores or Express stores are open 24 hours a day.
Thailand currency is the Baht and there are 100 satangs in 1 Baht. Notes are issued in denominations of Baht 1000, Baht 500, Baht 100, Baht 50, Baht 20, Baht10. There are 10, 5, and 1 baht coins, as well as 50 and 25 satang coins. Most foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques are easily exchanged at banks, hotels or money exchange booths. All major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the Kingdom. There are many ATM’s throughout the country that may be used for international ATM cards noticed with symbol.
The electric system is 220 Volt AC at 50 hertz. There are many plugs and sockets in use. Travelers with hairdryers, electric razors and other appliances should remember to carry a plug-adapter kit.
Thai people are extremely polite and friendly. However, in order to respect Thai culture, a tourist should follow these basic rules: Firstly, don’t sit with your feet pointing directly at another person. This is considered to be very rude. Secondly, never touch a Thai person’s head. This is considered very offensive as the Thai consider the head to be the most sacred and respected part of the body. Lastly, as is the case with most Asian cultures, shoes and hats should be taken off when entering a private Thai household or temple.
Prices are fixed in department stores, but at most other places bargaining is to be expected. Many places will double their prices, especially jewelry stores, and shop owners actually expect you to bargain. Generally, when bargaining, you can obtain a final price figure of between 10-40 % lower than the original asking price. Much depends on your bargaining skills!
Do not accept drinks offered from strangers. If stranger approaches you with any kind of offer, please be careful. There is a chance that you are targeted for some kind of tourist scam. It's always a good idea to buy your own drinks. If you travel alone, you should stay in a public place and avoid going to remote areas. If anyone offers to be your guide, please ask to check their tour guide license first. Also remember the tourist police are always there to assist you.
All service taxis should have taximeters. Always ensure the taximeter is on. The meter should read 35 Baht from your point of departure. Most taxi rides in the Bangkok area will run you between 50 to 200 Baht - depending on the distance. When taking a taxi on the toll way or expressway, you, the passenger, are expected to pay the toll fee.