Thailand Travel Fact File (January 2024)

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Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew).

Climate in Thailand

Thailand enjoys a tropical climate which is influenced by seasonal monsoon winds. The southwest monsoon (May) brings a stream of warm moist air from the Indian Ocean towards Thailand, causing abundant rain over the country, especially the mountainous regions.

Time Difference in Thailand

Thailand is 7 hours ahead of the UK

Language in Thailand

Thai – Official language.

Commonly Used Words in Thailand

Hello = sah-wah-dee

Goodbye = Lah Gorn

Thank you = Kawp Koon

Please = Krpayā

Yes = Chai

No = Mai Chai

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Which Plug Do I Need in Thailand?

Electrical sockets in Thailand are compatible with both flat parallel prongs (like in the United States and Japan) and two round pins (like in most European and Asian countries). While two-pin sockets are common in Thailand, some establishments like hotels and offices also have three-pin outlets installed.

What is The Local Currency in Thailand?

Thai Baht

£100 in Baht is 4334.46 ฿ (as of January 2024)

What Credit Cards Can I Use in Thailand?

How to prepare before travelling to Thailand. Go with Visa or Mastercard. Visa and Mastercard are the most commonly accepted cards in Thailand, and it is not advisable to bring an American Express card as they are rarely accepted.

Tipping in Thailand

Tips are not included in the overall price of our treks and adventure trips, but most trekkers do tip their guides, porters, and cooks on the penultimate or final day of the trip. Tipping is a universal custom in adventure travel, but is not obligatory, so you should never feel forced into it, but it is a tradition on the trail. Tipping policies can be found through the Vamoos app for each individual trip.

Approximate Food & Drink Prices in Thailand (January 2024)

Coke/Pepsi 22.02 ฿

Water 12.26 ฿

Coffee 67.62 ฿

Beer 70.00 ฿

Inexpensive Meal 100.00 ฿

Passport Validity for Thailand

Your passport must have at least 6 months’ validity remaining from your date of entry into Thailand. You may be refused entry to Thailand if your passport is damaged or has pages missing.

If you’re a dual national, you must leave Thailand on the same passport you used to enter. If you do not, you may experience difficulties as you pass through immigration.

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Do I Need a Visa for Thailand? (January 2024)

British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa (visa exemption).

If you intend to stay longer (for work, study or other reasons) you need a visa before you travel.

For more information on visas or entry requirements, contact the Royal Thai Embassy or local Immigration Office.

COVID-19 Requirements for Thailand? (January 2024)

Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice. Check with your travel company or airline for changes.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

You should also read TravelHealthPro’s general COVID-19 advice for travellers.

Travel to Thailand

If you are visiting Thailand and then travelling to a country that requires an RT-PCR test for entry, you will need to buy medical insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment before you arrive in Thailand.

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