Thailand Frequently Asking Questions (FAQs)
Thailand is truly regarded as a friendly country in beauty in Asia, fulfillment of plenty of things to see and do including famous street food, colorful floating market of Damnoen Saduak, the historical park of Ayutthaya and the pleasant nature of Khao Sok national park. From the historical, cultural Chiang Rai and lovely elephant camps in Chiang Mai to chill, vibrant Pattaya City, Thailand’s Phuket extremely attracts thousands of tourists because of its surroundings, beautiful Phi Phi Island and other notable islands while Koh Samet, Koh Chang and Koh Samui are ideal options for beach escapes.
1. Who needs visa to Thailand?
Thai tourist visa fee cost $30 per entry which allows tourists to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days. However, visa exemption is permitted for a stay of 45-90 days in Thailand and its available for most of Asian (except Cambodia and Myanmar) countries included Australia and EU countries such as United State, Canada, France, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Span, Israel, Russia, Portugal, Qatar, Slovenia and more to enter Thailand without a visa but the visa exemption rule must meet their requirement while other 19 countries of passport holders can obtain visa on arrival at Thailand’s international airports, those countries include China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Mexico, Nauru and Mauritius. You should apply for e-visa in advance if you plan to enter Thailand via land borders.
For Thai visa detail: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand-visa/thailand-tourist-visa
2. How to get to Thailand?
It depends on from which country you take flight, the main popular international airports are Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport, Don Mueang International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, Mae Fah Luang International Airport in Chiang Rai and Samui International Airport in Koh Samui. Border crossing is always available and convenient at some of main international borders between each country while others are still restrictive, involved with visa exempt, causing headache, obtaining visa and tedious visa process. You can fairly find public transportation, buses, train or private taxis at those borders and it is better that you should have your visa ready to avoid taking much time on visa processing.
• Thailand – Cambodia: Had Lek/Koh Kong, Ban Pakard/Pailin, Ban Laem/Duan Lem, Aranyaprathet/Poi Pet, Chong Jom/O’Smach, Chong Sa Ngam/Anlong Veng
• Thailand – Laos: Nong Khai/Vientiane, Mukdahan/Savarnakhet, Loei/Sayabouly, Nakhon Panom/Khammouane, Chiang Rai/Bokeo, Ubon Rathchathani/Champasak
• Thailand – Malaysia: Pedang Besar, Sadao/Bukit Kayu Hitam
• Thailand – Myanmar: Mae Sai/Tachileik, Mae Sot/Myawaddy, Ranong/Kawthaung
More detail: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thailands-land-borders
3. Do I have to use local currency in Thailand?
Thai Baht is the official Thailand currency and is used by locals and international visitors have to use Thai Baht (฿) when exploring Thailand which requires you to have funds at least 10,000 Baht per person and 20,000 Baht per family. The exchange rate is slightly varied from US dollar to Thai Baht currency and to get the best exchange rate you should exchange it at airports upon arrival or exchange it at any street shops around city center or at your hotel while you can use credit cards to withdraw cash from ATMs or at hotels but not in good deal for the exchange rate, and advisably don’t exchange in huge amount as well as carrying much money. Be warned that Do NOT exchange money at land borders which there is always hidden cost and scam, and you never get a better deal.
The following banknotes are currently in circulation: 20 Baht, 50 Baht, 100 Baht, 500 Baht, 1000 Baht and the exchange rate is dependable 33 Baht = $1.00
4. What’s the weather like?
Thailand is in the tropical monsoon climate, likely to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. From November to February is the prettiest time to explore Thailand with average temperature between 30-37 °C and relatively decreases to 14 °C in the northern part while the southern part varies between 24-30 °C. The hot season falls from March to May, the heat can reach up to 37-39 °C in the central area and varies a bit lower in North and areas at coastline and islands of South. When the rainfall arrives in June to October, the temperature slightly varies from the early of the beginning of the rainy season June, July, August and leave heavy rain from mid of August to mid of October but things look green, cool and less touristy.
5. Drinking water in Thailand
Highly not recommended to drink the tap water in Thailand especially in remote regions and you should rely on bottled water which is a better option. If you consider about environmental issue, try to use a refillable canteen or water bottles rather than buying bottled water which you can find it at your hotels. Make use you check with locals or get advice from your tour guide if you don’t really rely on ice quality.
6. Thailand Main Festivals & Public Holidays
In short, Thailand has many public holidays and festivals likely to Asia countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Those public holidays often affect a period you travel to explore Thailand especially during Songkran. Importantly, if you visit Thailand during Songkran festival, tour arrangement and public services are limited on hand due to people take the day off. Below list is briefing some important festivals & public holidays in Thailand.
1st January: New Year’s Day
26th February: Makha Bucha Day commemorates the Buddha’s teaching of Ovada Patimokkha and is celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month.
6th April: Chakri Memorial Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok.
13-15th April: Songkran festival is officially held from 13th to 15th in April, Songkran is the most important New Year festival in the country, relatives and families happily gather together to celebrate Songkran, at streets are fully crowded with water-gun battles, and it is also marked as the end of harvesting season.
4th May: Coronation Day commemorates the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in 2019 and of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
11th May: Royal Ploughing Ceremony and Farmer’s Day is the event that gives blessing to the country’s farmers.
26th May: Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.
3rd June: Queen Suthida’s Birthday – celebrating the birth of Queen Suthida in 1978.
8th July: Beginning of Vassa – Buddhist Lent Day.
28th July: King’s Birthday – celebrating the birth of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in 1952.
Full moon of July: Asalha Puja – commemorates the Buddha’s first discourse and Buddh’s text.
21st August: The Queen Mother’s Birthday – celebrating the birth of Queen Mother Sirikit in 1932.
13th October: King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day commemorates the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016.
23rd October: King Chulalongkorn Day commemorates the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910.
19-20th November: Loy Krathong is the lantern festival which people make wishes, to release negative past, bad luck, the darkness of life and in return to receive good fortune, happiness and prosperity as well as making merit after letting lanterns go.
November: Phimai Festival comes along with long boat race and it tells the story of the glorious period of King Jayavarman VII.
5th December: King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday Anniversary – celebrating the birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927.
10th December: Constitution Day commemorates the promulgation of the first permanent constitution in 1932.
31st December: New Year’s Eve.
7. What kinds of clothing is suitable?
People should wear whatever they are most comfortable in, but a fair amount of modesty should be exercised. It can be extremely hot and humid and while some are comfortable in loose-fitting cotton, others feel better in quick-drying synthetics. Remember not to wear revealingly and take off your shoes when you visit religious sites such as monasteries, pagodas, temples and highly recommend to dress appropriately to show your respect to the locals and should bring extra warm clothes when you visit Thailand during November to January, especial in Northern and Southern Thailand.
8. What’s an ideal budget?
In Thailand, there is wide range of accommodation options which entirely depends on your budget, style of travel and level of comfort that you are accustomed to. Here are some examples of basic costs (Costs are quoted in US dollars, or USD). You can find budget guesthouses from as low as USD15-25, to suite at 5-star western chain hotels from USD200 while local 4-5 star hotels are from USD60-160. Dinner at a street stand for $1 – $2, at an affordable local restaurants for $3-$5.
– Budget traveler- USD 15-25
– Flash-packer- USD 30-45
– Mid-range- USD 60 -80
– Deluxe- USD 100 and up
9. Is a visitor required to have a guide?
Not many drivers are basically able to speak good English and other languages besides hotel’s and restaurant’s staff. To get the deep insightful Thailand history & culture and exploration, you should hire an experienced local English speaking tour (other languages are barely available) as you make your day tours around. The tour guide service is very useful for your experience, it helps you save your time, and assist to manage your trip plan plus giving additional suggestions and you will experience the journey the most memorable. A tour guide can be arranged from a travel agency or through your hotel with overhead fee but travel agency may offer you a better rate. Note that tour guide service will certainly be insufficient during Thailand’s main festivals & public holidays.
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