Name of country:
Thai. English is widely spoken
Worldwide A, B & C
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UTC +7 hours / 4 hours behind Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.
The climate in Thailand experiences high temperatures and humidity levels throughout the year. The hottest months in Thailand are between March and May, and monsoon season runs from June to October. In September and October much of the country suffers from flooding, particularly in the north, northeastern and central regions. The cool season is the best time to visit Thailand, running from November to February. Temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year, especially in southern regions, ranging between 74°F (23°C) and 86°F (30°C).
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Most international travellers wishing to gain entry to Thailand need to obtain a Thai visa. However, visitors from a number of visa-exempt countries can travel to Thailand for tourism purposes without having a Thai visa. These countries include the UK and the USA. For more information click here.
Please note: Each individual visit made to Thailand by a visa-exempt traveller can only be up to 30 days in length, with the maximum limit for combined visits to Thailand being 90 days every 6 months. Should a visitor from a visa-exempt country wish to visit Thailand on a single trip with a length of up to 60 days, they must apply for the Thai tourist visa.
Flight times from Australia:
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane around 7 hours 45 minutes direct.
Tipping in hotels is not expected, but again is always appreciated, for instance 20 – 50 baht for the porter that carried your bags up to your room, or 20 baht left under your pillow for the cleaner. In all restaurants it is customary to leave behind any loose change in coins as a tip.
Internet and communication:
Most hotels have internet access albeit sometimes slow. Ensure you have adequate USB ports or chargers. Using a phone in a hotel is expensive. The mobile network is patchy but you can access it via roaming. Sending a letter or postcard is cheap and takes around two weeks for an item to arrive at its destination.
As a health precaution, travellers should take medical advice at least three weeks before travelling to Thailand. There is no malaria risk in major tourist resorts or in the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pattaya, Ko Samui, and Ko Phangan. But in rural, forested areas that border Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, and Laos, preventions against malaria are recommended and immunisation against hepatitis A and typhoid fever is also advised. Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for travellers from infected areas. There has been an increase in reported cases of dengue fever, particularly in the south, and vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is also recommended. Outbreaks of leptospirosis occur during the rainy season and after flooding. There have been outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the Provinces of Khon Kaen, Lop Buri, Phitsanulok and Prachin Buri. Outbreaks of cholera have also been reported. You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you suffer from diarrhoea during your visit you should seek immediate medical attention. HIV/AIDS is prevalent in the major cities and resorts. Medical facilities are good in major cities, but good medical insurance is vital – without insurance, or cash/credit card, travellers will not be treated. Bangkok has excellent international hospitals.
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