|Thailand Travel Information: Travel
- Thailand is Buddhist country where Buddha images are held
- Sacrilegious Acts are punishable by imprisonment even if
committed by foreign visitors.
- Thai people hold their King and Queen and the Royal Family
in great reverence, and so wonít tolerate foreigners
talking about them in disrespect.
- Generally Thai women are conservative. So donít touch
them without their consent.
- Dress properly when entering a Buddhist temple. Mini
skirts and shorts are not allowed. Take your shoes off
before going inside the hall of worship. Ladies must not on
any account touch a Buddhist monk, give things direct to him
or receive things direct from him.
- Intimacies between man and woman should not be shown in
public. Sunbathing in the nude is prohibited.
- Call Thais their first names: use the title ďKhunĒ for
- Thai people smile to express gladness and happiness, to
thank for small services, to return the wai (a way of
greeting) of children and inferior persons, and event to
excuse small inconveniences.
- Donít touch a personís head, nor ruffle his hair. The
head is the noblest part of the body. A sincere apology
should be offered immediately if you touch someoneís head
- Avoid placing your feet on the table while sitting. Never
use your foot to point things out or to touch any part of
the body of anyone, which is considered rude.
- Entering a Thai house, youíre expected to remove your
- Foreign visitors may freely bring in foreign currencies or
other types of foreign exchange. Cheque or drafts brought in
must be sold to a bank within 15 days of arrival. Upon
leaving Thailand, they may freely take out all foreign
exchange they have brought in. For residents, unlimited
amounts of foreign notes and coins may be taken out for
travelling expenses. The amount of draft or Cheque is
subject to the approval of the issuing bank.
- Foreign visitors may bring in and unlimited amount for
Thai currency. For travelers leaving Thailand, both Thais
and foreign, the maximum amount permitted to take out
without prior authorization is 50,000 Baht per person or, of
they are going to one of Thailandís neighboring countries,
500,000 Baht per person.
- The basic monetary unit in Thailand is the Baht. A Baht is
divided into 100 satang. The following coins and notes are
currently in use:
Coins: 25 and 50 satang; 1, 5 and 10 Baht.
Bank notes: 10(brown), 20(green), 50(blue), 100(red),
500(purple) and 1,000(grey) Baht.
- Major foreign currencies can be exchanged for Thai Baht
with banks and authorized moneychangers. Major credit cards
are also widely accepted in tourist centers.
- Exports of Buddha images (except small ones carried on
person), antiques and genuine works of art require export
license from the Fine Arts Department. The shop you deal
with can provide such service for you.
- Foreign tourists are allowed to take out gold ornaments
free. But import and export of gold other than jewelry are
subject to licensing; by the Ministry of Finance.
- It is prohibited by law to bring any of the following
items into Thailand:
- Narcotics (e.g., marijuana, hemp, opium, cocaine,
- Obscene literature or pictures
- Firearms or ammunition Ė unless a permit has been
obtained from the Police Department or the local
- Piranha and certain species of fruits, vegetables and
plants. (Contact the Agricultural Regulatory Division,
Bangkhen, and Bangkok for details.)
- One still camera with 5 rolls of unused film, one movie
camera with 3 rolls of unused film and used household
effects may be brought in free of duty.
- Most Thai food is already cut into
small pieces before serving or made soft enough to be cut
with spoon or fork;í thus, a knife is unnecessary.
- Saltshakers are rarely found on Thai
dinner tables, so add a little caramel-color fish-sauce
(called nam-pla in Thai) instead, if you find your
food not salty enough.
- English is spoken in large
restaurants in tourist provinces; and most establishments
have menus in Thai and English, except street-side food
stalls and some small restaurant.
- Beckon waiters with a wave of a
hand. Donít clap, snap fingers or hiss.
- Normally, a tip of 10-20 Baht or
5-10% of the bill should be left when dining in a middle or
- Bargaining is an art long practiced in Asian countries including Thailand. So feel free to ask
for a proper discount when shopping in places where prices
are not marked.
- Be careful in dealing with sidewalk
vendors who may not offer genuine goods at fair prices.
- Receipts should be obtained for the
goods you buy. For jewelry you must get a certificate for
guarantee as well.
- Some shops can offer a money-back
guarantee but you should clearly determine all conditions
with the shopkeeper beforehand.
- Nationals from 56 countries can now
stay in Thailand for up to 30 days with our an entry visa,
according to a new regulation adopted by the Immigration
Division in early February 1995. For visitors from 76 others
countries, visas valid for 15 days may be obtained on
arrival at any of the four airports at Don Muang (Bangkok),
Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai.
- Categories of visas in Thailand are
transiting, Visitor Transit, Tourist, Non-Quota immigrant.
- Holders of Transit, Visitor Transit
and Tourist visas are not allowed to work in Thailand.
- A tourist who wants to overstay his
visa must apply to the Immigration Division of the Police
Department with the following:
- The duplicate copy of his or her
- One photograph
- The medical certificate (only in
case of being sick)
- Clothing- Thin cotton is the best. A
jacket or pullover may be necessary in the cool season,
especially when you are in mountainous areas in the North or
- Electricity Ė 220 v 50 cycles
throughout the country.
- Measurement of area Ė Thailand has
its own system of area measurement. The basic units are
square wa (=4sq.m.) and rai (=400sq.wa or 1,600 sq.m. or
take any food, drinks, or candies offered by a stranger or a
accept any complimentary tour offered by a stranger. Reliable
tourist information and safe tours should be provided by a tour
agency that has a travel license.
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