Did we remark to the white-sand beaches, jungles, ancient ruins and Buddhist temples? Yes, we did…. A friendly and fun loving, outlandish and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand not only give the diverse experiences of Thai food but also radiates a golden hue from its sparkling temples and wonderful beaches and never to forget the hospitality that Thailand offers and those ever- heartening Thai smile. Welcome to Asia’s land – Thailand
1. When is the best time to go?
Depending on your travel interests, the best time to visit Thailand will differ. Ultimately, the cool season between November and February is the most pleasant time to visit as temperatures sit pleasantly around the late 20s.
2. Is Thailand a good destination to take children?
Yes, Thailand is a great destination for kids! Many hotels and resorts specifically cater to families, with plenty of great deals and entertainment available. Thailand also offers children a wide array of activities and attractions to keep kids entertained.
3. What is the language of Thailand?
The main language spoken in Thailand is Thai.
4. Is English widely spoken?
English is the most common second language, and many Thais have studied some level of English either at school or through practice with foreign friends.
In Bangkok, where the major business and commercial transactions are held, English is widely spoken, written and understood. Further, in most hotels, shops, and restaurants of major tourist destinations, English and some European Languages are spoken, written, and understood.
5. Do they have ATMs and can I use my credit card?
ATMs are located across Thailand, accepting most international cards (note: withdrawal fees can be quite high). Hotels and retailers offer currency exchange, though rates tend to be better at banks and authorized exchangers. All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and Amex) are accepted at most retailers and restaurants.
6. What is the currency in Thailand?
The Thai Baht is the official currency of Thailand. Each baht is divided into 100 satang. A typical meal will cost approximately 150 baht.
7. Are there any restrictions on buying alcohol in Thailand?
In Thailand, the sale of alcohol is only permitted between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm and between 5 pm and midnight. On religious holidays the sale of alcohol is forbidden. You must be at least 20 years old to drink and purchase alcohol in Thailand.
8. Can I use my phone and the internet?
Most resorts offer wireless broadband internet and popular tourist precincts also feature internet cafes. We recommend purchasing a local SIM for mobile phone and internet access.
9. Time Difference
Thailand is 3 hours ahead of the United Arab Emirates
10. Getting Around Thailand
a. Local City Bus - Local city bus stops can be difficult to find. Usually you’ll need a little help from locals to find the city bus stops, but generally, it’s where the locals are congregating and waiting. Buses don’t come to a halt unless they see interested passengers, so you must show your interest and flag one down. There is a bus attendant onboard who will collect your fare when you board. Monks, elderly and pregnant women usually get a seat at the front.
b.Tuk Tuk - are like little open-air taxis. They price according to distance. You’ll have to haggle a bit, so know your prices. Generally, for tourists, they’ll try to start at 100 baht, even if the distance is less. Also, avoid peak traffic hours and beware of tuk-tuk scams (they can feel similar to Bangkok taxi scams, where generally the driver wants to make additional money or fare off of you. Tuk Tuk scams may attempt to redirect you a hotel (because yours has burnt down) or a tour of jewelry stores where they get a commission..
c. Chao Phraya Express Boat - While you can get around downtown Bangkok via Skytrain, you’ll find tackling the main sights of Old Bangkok much more manageable via the Chao Phraya Express Boat. It’s a scenic ride of river houses on stilts, and the Chao Phraya River traffic. You can reach it from the Skytrain. Day Unlimited on the Tourist boat: 150 baht. Public boat Fares: 9 / 11 / 13 Baht
d. Khlong Commuter Boat - Water taxis run in the inner city. They run 18 kilometers along the Khlong Saen Saep river, making access to and from Siam Square quick and easy. Khlong Saen Saeb commuter boat has two khlong (aka waterway channels) lines – the Western line (ending at Golden Mount) and the Eastern line (ending at Wat Si Bunrueang). There’s an interchange, at Pratunam pier. Fare: 10-40 baht, based on distance.
e. BTS Skytrain - The BTS Skytrain is clean, quick, air-conditioned, and is a great way to escape the heat. It’s raised up high so you can appreciate Bangkok’s amazing cityscape view. You can pay per ride or get a refillable Standard Rabbit Cards for 100 baht (plus 50 baht refundable deposit). They’re valid for 5 years; a minimum of 100 baht must be placed on it.
f. MRT Subway - The MRT is the underground subway and the best way to get to Hua Lamphong Train Station. It connects with the BTS Skytrain at Asok & Saladeng. Hours: 06:00 am- midnight.
g. Songtheuws - are shared bus trucks you’ll find in parts of Thailand. They are the equivalent to city buses in some areas and cost ranges per distance. Tell the driver your destination and ask the cost. Sometimes, the truck is not going to your destination and so the driver may dismiss you. Just wait and flag down the next one. In order to flag down the songtheuw, stand on the street and when one arrives, wave at them with your palm faced down. You pay when you arrive at your destination.
h. Motorbike Taxi - The Thai are very skilled on motorbikes and many have been raised on one at an early age. For local Thai, motorbike taxis are an inexpensive and easy way to get to work or their apartment. Best for short distances and hard to reach places, rides are set by neighborhood and distance. In big cities, many of these guys have to have a license to operate and work through their organization (or gang). You will see their license on the back of their vest. They can be very territorial and know who is not supposed to be picking up business in their territory. Some have standard rates, but it’ll be in Thai. Travelers will feel like they have to haggle. But if you’re lugging a huge backpack, these guys are trained to balance both, you and your luggage for the ride.
11. The best things to buy in Thailand
a. Clothing - Thailand has great clothes shopping – especially if you’re Thai-size. You’ll even find shops worth your time at tourist attractions and outside temples. Thailand is a country where appearance matters very much – and clothes shopping is a serious national hobby.
b. Thai Silk - Jim Thompson originally made Thai silk famous, and his legacy, or silk for that matter, has definitely stuck around Bangkok. You can find this shimmering, soft silk at almost any market or mall in Bangkok, and do not expect to pay much more than ฿200 (about $6) for this beautiful piece of cloth.
c. Soaps and Spa Products - Do not let the shape fool you: Thailand has some of the best smelling soap and spa products around. From coconut lotions so smooth you will never want to stop applying, to fruit-shaped bar soap, you will want to stock up on these easy-to-pack souvenirs. Soaps are usually sold for about ฿40 (about $1) each.
d. Wooden Carvings - This might seem like a strange, inconveniently heavy item to add to your list of things to purchase while traveling, but Bangkok has some of the most beautiful, wood-carved handicrafts you will ever see. Lights, bowls, figurines: if you can imagine it, it can be carved out of wood.
e. Home Decor - Impress even the least impressible house guest with Bangkok’s many home decor items. You do not need an eye for design to find Bangkok’s most beautiful household items. Simply explore the city, and you can not go wrong with any of the decorations you will find.
f. Handmade Bags - Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of bags Bangkok has for sale around the city. From backpacks to clutches, you will not leave disappointed. You can also find great deals on designer bags, however, be wary that not all of them may be authentic, especially with such a low price tag.
g. Thai Snacks and Spices - Bangkok is a foodie’s haven, but what happens when it is time to go home and leave all of the delicious snacks and spices behind? Never fear, because the curries you loved and the spices you devoured can all be taken home with you if you look hard enough. Dried fruit is also a popular souvenir option … and it is delicious.
h. Jewelry - This light, an easy-to-pack souvenir is one you can not leave Bangkok without. For one, you can buy as many pieces of jewelry as your heart desires, being that it is such a small souvenir. Secondly, the jewelry you purchase here (although may not be one-of-a-kind in Thailand) will surely be special at home.