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.
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
Time : GMT + 7 hours.
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.
: 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.
: 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