Thailand Travel Information
The climate is tropical with an average high temperature of 35°C and low of 25°C in Bangkok. There are three overlapping seasons; the monsoon that lasts from May to October, when it turns moderate to cool until February and heats up until April. Temperatures are highest in March/ April and lowest in December/ January.
Time in Thailand is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 7)
Buddhism, the national religion, is the professed faith of 95% of the population. Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and others are embraced by the rest of the population.
The official national language is Thai. English is usually understood in business circles. Thai-English road signs are found nationwide.
Passports & Entry Visas
Not required for most countries and for stays under 30 days.
Currency and Exchange Services
The Thai unit of currency is the baht. The baht is divided into 100 satang. Coins are valued at 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 baht, 2 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht. Banknotes are valued at 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht. Major currency bills are cashed easily at our hotel, all provincial banks, and money changers. Travelers cheques are best changed in banks (you will need your passport). Credit cards are widely accepted.
The electric current is 220 volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. Travelers with electric shavers, and other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit.
Most commercial concerns in Bangkok operate five days a week. Government offices are generally open between 8:30am and 4:30pm with a 12pm to 1 pm lunch break, Monday through Friday, except on public holidays. Private businesses maintain similar hours - 8am to 5pm, with certain exceptions. Most shops are open 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is located 30 kilometers east of downtown Bangkok, provides both international and domestic flights.
When visiting temples, dress conservatively (preferably in white) - women particularly should wear long skirts or trousers, have their shoulders covered, and should not wear sandals. Many temples state as you enter that photography is not allowed. Even if there is no sign, please be respectful and consider whether it is appropriate to be taking flash photography of a place of worship. Also speak softly when in a temple. Even more so if monks are present worshipping!
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