Passport/Embassy Based Questions

US citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. The passport must have at least six months of validity remaining to be allowed entry.

In case you lost your passport, file a report at the nearest police station immediately. Take a copy of the FIR report to your national embassy in Thailand in order to issue a new traveling document.

Tourist information is available at the Tourism Authority of Thailand head office in Bangkok, local offices in 22 major cities, and the TAT information counter at every airport where there is a TAT local office. They provide maps, brochures, and useful information on tours, shopping, dining, and accommodation. All TAT information offices are open seven days a week from 8.30 AM. to 4.30 PM. For more detail about local offices in 22 major cities, visit http://www.tourismthailand.org

A

  • Argentina
    • The Embassy of the Republic of Argentina
      Prommitr Villa, 20/85 Sukhumvit Soi 49/1, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 259-0401-2, 259-9198
      Fax: (02) 259-0402
  • Australia
    • The Australian Embassy
      37 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 287-2680, 287-3485, 287-4843
      Fax: (02) 287-2028-9
  • Austria
    • The Austrian Embassy
      14 Soi Nandha, Soi Attakarnprasit, South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 287-3970-2, 287-3925
      Fax: (02) 287-3925

B

  • Bangladesh
    • The Embassy of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh
      727 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok 10110
      Phone (02) 381-1144, 391-8069-70
      Fax: (02) 391-8070
      Visa Department
      Phone: (02) 391-8067
  • Belgium
    • The Royal Belgian Embassy
      17th Floor, Sathorn City Tower, 175 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn District, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 679-5454
      Fax: (02) 679-5467
      E-Mail: Bangkok@diplobel.org
  • Bhutane
    • Royal Bhutanese Embassy
      Rm 107, 19th Flr, JTC Bldg, 919 Silom Rd., Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 237-3315-27, 237-3600-3
      Fax: (02) 237-7541
  • Boliva
    • The Consulate of the Republic of Bolivia
      1901 Ramkamhang Rd, Huamark, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240
      Phone: (02) 314-0040, 314-1911
      Fax: (02) 318-9737
  • Brazil
    • The Embassy of The Federative Republic of Brazil
      23rd Flr, Lumpini Tower, 1168/66 Rama 4 Rd, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 679-8567-8
      Fax: (02) 679-8569
  • Britain
    • British Embassy
      1031 Wireless Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10300
      Phone: (02) 253-0191
      Fax: (02) 254-9579
    • Consular Section
      Phone: (02) 267-9689
      Fax: (02) 255-6051
    • Visa Section
      Phone: (02) 267-9699
      Fax: (02) 254-9579
  • Brunei Darussalam
    • The Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
      154 Ekamai Soi 14, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Luksorndang, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 381-5914-6
      Fax: (02) 381-5921
  • Bulgaria
    • The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria
      33/15 Soi Charoenchai, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 391-6180-1
      Fax: (02) 391-6182

C

  • Cambodia
    • Embassy of Cambodia
      185 Rajadamri Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 254-6630, 253-9851
      Fax: (02) 253-9859
  • Canada
    • The Canadian Embassy
      15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama 4 Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500
      Phone: (02) 636-0560
      Fax: (02) 636-0568
  • Chile
    • The Embassy of the Republic of Chile
      15 Sukhumvit Soi 61, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 391-4858, 391-8443
      Fax: (02) 391-8380
    • The Consulate of the Republic of Chile
      8th Flr, Southeast Insurance Bldg, 315 Silom Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 234-0230-7
  • China
    • The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
      57 Ratchadapisek Rd, Dindang, Bangkok 10310
      Phone: (02) 245-7030-45, 2472122-3
      Fax: (02) 246-8247, 247-2214, 248-8085
  • Colombia
    • The Consulate of the Republic of Colombia
      9th Flr, Park Place, 231 Sarasin Rd, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 254-5105-6, 254-6914-5
      Fax: (02) 254-5109, 254-6920
  • Cuba
    • Consulate of Cuba
      984/97 Sukhumvit Soi 71, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 391-9673-4
      Fax: (02) 391-1174
  • Cyprus
    • The Consolate of The Republic of Cyprus
      17th Flr, Richmond Bldg, 75/59 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 261-8408-10
  • Czechoslovakia
    • The Embassy of Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic
      71/6 Ruam Rudee Soi 2, Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 255-4978, 255-3027
      Fax: (02) 253-7637

D

  • Denmark
    • The Royal Danish Embassy
      10 Soi Attakarn Prasit, South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 213-2021-5679-9349-50
      Fax: (02) 213-1752
    • Commercial Section
      Phone: (02) 287-2896
    • The Royal Danish Consulate-General
      EAC Building, 55 Oriental Avenue, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 233-2020
  • Dominican Repulic
    • The Consulate-General of the Dominican Republic
      92/6 Changwattana Rd, Laksi, Bangkhen. Bangkok 10210
      Phone: (02) 521-0675, 521-1282, 521-5000
      Fax: (02) 521-0737

E

  • Egypt
    • The Embassy of the Arab of Republic of Egypt
      49 Soi Ruam Rudee, Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 253-0161, 253-8138
      Fax: (02) 256-9310, 254-9489
  • Ethiopia
    • The Consulate-General of Ethopia
      962/14 Prannok Rd, Bangkok 10700
      Phone: (02) 411-0218, 412-1068
  • European Union
    • Delegation of The European Commission
      19th Flr, Kian Gwan House 2, 140/1 Wireless Rd, Bangkok
      Phone: (02) 255-9101, 255-9106-11
      Fax: (02) 255-9113-4

F

  • Finland
    • The Embassy of Finland
      16th Flr, Amarin Plaza, 500 Ploenchit Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 256-9306-9, 256-9511-3
      Fax; (02) 256-9310
  • France
    • The French Embassy
      35 Soi Rong Phasi Kao 36, New Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 256-9306-9, 285-6104-7
      Fax; (02) 256-9310
    • French Consulate
      29 South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 287-1592-8
      Fax: (02) 287-1019

G

  • Gabon
    • The Consulate General of Gabon
      Rm 1008, Dusit Tower, Rama 4 Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 267-7860
      Fax: (02) 267-7861
  • Gambia
    • The Consulate of the Republic of Gambia
      610/5-6 Songwad Rd, Samphantawong, Bangkok 10100
      Phone: (02) 224-0091
      Fax: (02) 224-6212, 224-6894
  • Germany
    • The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
      9 South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 285-6627-8, 679-1120
      Fax: (02) 287-1776
  • Greece
    • The Embassy of Greece
      99 Rama 9 Rd, Huay Kwang, Bangkok
      Phone: (02) 247-1068, 254-9729
      Fax: (02) 247-1068
    • Consulate General
      412/8-9 Siam Square Soi 6, Rama 1 Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 252-1686

H

  • Honduras
    • The Consulate of the Republic of Honduras
      4A Phirom Mansion, 11 Sukhumvit Soi 41, Bangkok 10110
  • Hungary
    • The Embassy of The Hungarian People’s Republic
      28 Soi Sukchai, Sukhumvit Soi 42, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
    • The Commercial Counsellor’s Office
      OAK Tower, 95 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 661-1150-2
      Fax: (02) 661-1153

I

  • Iceland
    • The Consulate-General of the Republic of Iceland
      59 Soi Navin, Chuaploeng Rd, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 249-1300
      Fax: (02) 249-1253
  • India
    • The Embassy of India
      46 Soi Prasarnmitr, Sukhumvit Soi 23 , Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 258-0300-6
      Fax: (02) 258-4627
    • The Consulate of India
      88/2 Navarat Rd, Chiang Mai
      Phone: 23-4066
  • Indonesia
    • The Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia
      600-602 Phetchaburi Rd, Bangkok 10400
      Phone: (02) 252-3135-40, 254-2563-4, 252-3180
      Fax: (02) 255-1267, 255-8199
  • Iran
    • The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
      602 Sukhumvit Rd (between Soi 22 and 24), Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 261-9790-3
      Fax: (02) 259-9111
  • Iraq
    • The Embassy of The Republic of Iraq
      47 Pradipat Rd, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400
      Phone: (02) 278-5335-8
      Fax: (02) 271-4218
  • Ireland
    • The Consulate of Ireland
      11th Flr, United Flour Mill Bldg, 205 Rajawong Rd. Bangkok 10100
      Phone: (02) 223-0876, 226-0680
      Fax: (02) 224-5551
  • Israel
    • The Embassy of Israel
      25th Flr, Ocean Tower, 11 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 260-4854-9
      Fax: (02) 260-4860
  • Italy
    • The Italian Embassy
      399 Nang Linchee Rd, Tungmahamek, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 287-2054-7, 285-4090-3
      Fax: (02) 285-4793, 287-2012

J

  • Japan
    • The Embassy of Japan
      1674 New Petchburi Rd, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310
      Phone: (02) 252-6151-9
      Fax: (02) 255-6999, 258-6877
    • Consular Section
      Phone: (02) 260-8502
      Fax: (02) 258-9716 Japan Information Service
      9th Flr, 159 Sermmit Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 21, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 259-0234-7
      Fax: (02) 258-6877
  • Jordan
    • The Consulate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
      47 Soi Ekamai, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 391-7142
      Fax: (02) 391-9180, 381-1314

K

  • Korea
    • Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
      14 Moo Ban Suanlaemthong 2, Pattanakarn Rd, Bangkok 10250
      Phone: (02) 319-1442-3
      Fax: (02) 318-6333

L

  • Laos
    • Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
      502/1-3 Ramkamhaeng Rd, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10310
      Phone: (02) 539-6667
      Fax: (02) 539-6678
    • Visa Section
      193 South Sathron Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 287-3964
  • Lebanon
    • Lebanese Embassy
      15th Flr. CTI Tower, 191/67 Ratchadapisek Rd, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 261-1013, 261-1015, 261-5091
      Fax: (02) 261-1026

M

  • Malaysia
    • Malaysian Embassy
      35 South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 286-1390, 287-3979-80
      Fax: (02) 213-2126
  • Malta
    • Maltese Consulate
      485/14 Silom Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 235-9423-4
      Fax: (02) 235-6293
  • Mexico
    • Mexican Embassy
      44/7-8 Convent Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 235-6367, 234-0935, 234-0999
      Fax: (02) 236-8410
  • Morocco
    • Moroccan Embasy
      5th Flr, Ban Chang Glass House, Sukhumvit Soi 25, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 260-6410-1
      Fax: (02) 260-6412
  • Myanmar
    • The Embassy of The Union of Myanmar
      132 North Sathorn Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 236-6899, 234-4789, 233-2237
      Fax: (02) 236-6898
    • Office of the Military, Naval and Air Attache
      116 North Sothorn Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500

N

  • Nepal
    • The Royal Nepalese Embassy
      189 Sukhumvit Soi 71, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 391-7240, 390-2985, 392-4741
      Fax: (02) 381-2406
  • Netherlands
    • The Royal Netherlands Embassy
      106 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 254-7701-5, 254-1265
      Fax: (02) 254-5579
  • New Zealand
    • New Zealand Embassy
      93 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
      P.O. Box 2719, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 254-3856, 253-5363, 253-0429
      Fax: (02) 254-9488, 253-9045
  • Norway
    • The Royal Norweigen Embassy
      1st Flr, Bank of America Blgd, 2/2 Wireless Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 253-0390-2, 255-8210-1
      Fax: (02) 256-0477

O

  • Oman
    • The Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman
      7th Flr, 134/1-2 Silom Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 236-7385

P

  • Pakistan
    • Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
      31 Soi Nana Nua, Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 253-0288-9, 254-9702
      Fax: (02) 253-0290
  • Panama
    • Consulate-General of Panama
      14 Surasak Rd, Bangkok
      Phone: (02) 237-9008-9
  • Peru
    • The Embassy of the Republic of Peru
      11th Flr, Ban Chang Glass House, 1102/25 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 260-6243
      Fax: (02) 260-6244
  • Philippines
    • The Embassy of the Republic of the Philipines
      760 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 259-0139-40, 261-6869, 261-8805
      Fax: (02) 259-2809
  • Poland
    • The Embassy of the Polish People’s Republic
      8 Sukhumvit Soi 5, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 258-4112-3
      Fax: (02) 251-8895
    • Commercial Counsellor’s Office
      27/1-4 Coi Charoenmit, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 392-9817
  • Portugal
    • Portuguese Embassy
      26 Captain Bush Lane, New Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok
      Phone: (02) 234-0372, 234-2123, 238-4275
      Fax: (02) 236-1954

Q

  • None

R

  • Romania
    • The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Romania
      150 Soi Charoenpohn 1, Pradipat Rd, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400
      Phone: (02) 279-3683, 279-7882, 279-7902
      Fax: (02) 279-7891
    • Commercial Office
      43 Soi Lang Suan, Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 252-7568
  • Russia
    • Russian Embassy
      108 North Sathorn Rd, Bankrak, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 234-9824
      Fax: (02) 237-8488

S

  • Saudi Arabia
    • The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
      10th Flr, Sathorn Thani Building, 90 North Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 237-1938-41, 266-3888, 238-0888
      Fax: (02) 236-6442
  • Singapore
    • Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
      129 South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 286-2111, 213-1261, 287-5115
      Fax: (02) 287-2578
  • Slovakia
    • Slovakian Embassy
      Pantip Court, 68 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 285-0220-2
      Fax: (02) 285-0223
  • South Africa
    • Souh African Embassy
      6th Flr, Park Place, 231 Sarasin Rd, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 253-8473-6
      Fax: (02) 253-8477
  • Spain
    • Embassy of Spain
      93 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 252-6112, (02) 252-8368
      Fax: (02) 255-2388
    • Commercial Office of Spain
      26th Floor, Serm-Mit Tower, 159 Soi Asoke, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 258-9020
      Fax: (02) 258-9990
      email: spaincom@ksc15.th.com
  • Sri Lanka
    • Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
      89 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 251-2788-9, 255-3848
  • Sweden
    • Swedish Embassy
      20th Flr, Pacific Place, 140 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 254-4954-55
      Fax: (02) 254-4914
  • Switzerland
    • Swiss Embassy
      35 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
      GPO Box 821, Bangkok 10510
      Phone: (02) 253-0156-60, 254-6855
      Fax: (02) 255-4481

T

  • Taiwan
    • Taiwanese Embassy
      10th Flr, Kian Gwan Bldg, Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10330
      Phone: (02) 251-9274-6, 251-9393-6
      Fax: (02) 254-9276
  • Turkey
    • Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
      61/1 Soi Chatsan, Suthisarn Rd, Phayathai, Bangkok 10310
      Phone: (02) 274-7262-3
      Fax: (02) 274-7261

U

  • United States of America
    • US Embassy
      95 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 205-4000
      Fax: (02) 205-4131
  • Uzbekistan
    • Embassy of Uzbekistan
      77 Soi Thonglor 8, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Prakhanong, Bangkok 10110
      Phone: (02) 391-3397, 714-9838-9
      Fax: (02) 391-3397

V

  • Vietnam
    • Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
      83/1 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
      Phone: (02) 251-7202, 251-5835
      Fax: (02) 251-7201, 251-7203
  • Vatican City
    • Apostolic Nunciature
      217/1 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
      Phone: (02) 233-9109, 212-5883-4
      Fax: (02) 212-0932

Package Based Questions

Some packages include airfare, please refer to the ‘air-inclusive’ options shown. Airfares used in pricing are subject to availability and they have to be purchased by a certain date. As they are the cheapest airfares, they do include restrictions that include but not limited to; no pre-seating, luggage costs at the time of check-in, and may not present the best flying time or routing. Please inquire for full details on all available airfare options.

We encourage all passengers to take out adequate travel insurance coverage to protect themselves against cancellation. Cancellations received prior to the final payment will incur a loss of the non-refundable deposit (the deposit is $300 per person). After the final balance is paid, the following cancellation terms apply:

Cancellation:
0-30 days before departure: 100% non refundable
31-44 days before departure: 50% refundable
45-60 days before departure: 75% refundable

Additionally, airlines have their own cancellation policies. If you are booking airfare with us, please inquire about the airline’s terms.

General Thailand Based Questions

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.

The time zone in Bangkok, Thailand is approximately 12 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time. (Dependent upon Daylight Savings)

$1 USD equallvates to approximately 30 Thai baht. Thailand currency is called Thai baht.

There’s no limit to the amount of money you can bring into Thailand. However, you can’t leave with more than 50,000 baht per person unless you have special authorization.

The electricity in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 cycles per second. Most receptacles in Thailand have two prongs, missing the third earth prong at the bottom. However, the newest office and condominium dwellings usually offer the third prong due to increased awareness of the importance of grounding for both safety and equipment damage reasons.

There are three seasons in Thailand, although what they are called and when they start is subject to much debate.

The Summer “hot” season runs essentially from March through to June, with temperatures between 33 C – 48 C in the day, and not below 27 C at night.

The Monsoon “rainy” season runs from July through to November with frequent heavy rain around 5.00 pm.

The temperatures range from 89.6 F during the day to 60.8 F at night.

The winter “cool” season runs from November through to February with temperatures at 89.6 F during the day, to a bearable 60.8 F at night, although in the North, it could be as low as 53.6 F.

This also doubles up as the dry season During the rainiest months of July to November, we recommend that you pack a light waterproof jacket and a pair of closed shoes.

For an up to date weather report, go to the Thai met-office website http://www.thaimet.tmd.go.th

Business and commercial transactions are normally done on a Mon-Fri basis between 8 am and 5 pm. Most stores are open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. Government offices are on a Mon-Fri basis (except on public holidays) from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm with a 12.00 to 1.00 pm lunch break. Banks, on the other hand, are on a Mon-Fri (except on public holidays) schedule from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm.

As a rule, tipping is not expected throughout Thailand for most services. But as always, use personal judgment regarding additional gratuities for proper and pleasant services. Fine restaurants will include a service charge, so take note of the bill.

In order to bring your pet into the kingdom of Thailand, you need to obtain authorization from the Airport Authority of Thailand. Your pet may be allowed as one of your accompanied items of baggage. Please be advised that you may be required to pay fees for the application, as well as import duties on your pet. Import duties are exempted if your pet will be in Thailand for 6 months or less. However, you will need to fill out a guarantee form and pay a deposit at the airport.

Mostly, poisonous animals are found in forests. While participating in an adventurous trip in or near the forest you should be aware of dangerous animals, such as snakes and centipedes.

While there certainly are deadly snakes in Thailand it is extremely uncommon for visitors to see one, let alone be attacked and killed by one.

Furthermore, there are no man-eating sharks endemic to Thai waters and one’s risk of being killed by a wild tiger is far lower than a road accident.

Dangerous wild animals are not a serious concern for travelers to Thailand.

The following are the most dangerous animals you may come across.

Thailand has poisonous snakes, scorpions, centipedes, and jellyfish.

If you see a centipede, do not try to hold it or touch it, they have an extremely painful sting and if you are stung by one, you will be off your feet for days.

Scorpions like to hide in clothing that’s been left on the floor, in shoes, under logs, etc.

Snakes can turn up anywhere, even in the cities. If you are bitten, call for help immediately but try not to panic as snake bites are easily survivable and treatments are available everywhere.

You should use caution when bathing in the sea. Swimmers have received fatal stings from jellyfish. Certain varieties are very dangerous and are found in coastal waters all around Thailand.

Generally, jellyfish stings are just painful and don’t pose a threat to life. but you should be aware of the dangers.

Thai people are extremely polite and their behavior is controlled by etiquette and influenced by Buddhism. Thai society is non-confrontational, and as such, you should avoid confrontations at all costs.

Never lose your patience or show your anger no matter how frustrating or desperate the situation because this is considered a weakness in Thai society. It is important to cultivate an air of diplomacy when traveling in Asia. Conflicts can be easily resolved with a smile.

Dress code is also important. Thais like to dress smartly and neatly. Do not wear revealing clothing such as shorts, low cut dresses, and bathing suits as they are considered improper attire in Thailand. Keep in mind that this type of clothing is only acceptable on the beach. It is advisable to wear long skirts or long trousers when entering a temple.

Women should not touch monks. If a woman wants to hand something to a monk, she must do so indirectly by placing the item within the monk’s reach.

Remove shoes when entering houses and temples.

Public display of affection between sexes is frowned upon.

Avoid touching people. The head is the highest part of the body, so avoid touching it. The feet are the least sacred, so avoid pointing it at anyone or kicking them as it is extremely insulting to do so. Thais usually do not shake hands.

The ‘Wai’ is the usual greeting. The hands are placed together and raised upwards towards the face while the head is lowered with a slight bow. The height to which the hands are held depends on the status of the people involved. The higher, the more polite.

In the case of monks, higher dignitaries, and elderly, hands are raised to the bridge of the nose, while with equals only as far from the chest. Young people and inferiors are not Wai’d but a slight nod is acceptable.

Do not blow your nose or lick your fingers while eating. While Thai people may commonly pick their noses they have high table manners. The right hand must be used when picking up food eaten with fingers.

When entering a foreign culture for the first time, it is highly likely to make a mistake. If you do so in Thailand, just smile or ‘Wai’ and you will be forgiven.

Communication-Based Questions

Internet services are now available at Thailand’s leading hotels and at the many “Cyber-Cafes” that are cropping up in all major tourist destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chaing Rai, Ko Samui, Hua Hin and many more.

SIM cards of local Thai network providers are widely sold and may be used to call/text both local and internationally.

All the hotels in Thailand provide international phone call service. Public phone booths can also be found in most places in Thailand. Moreover, several types of international phone cards are sold at shops such as the ubiquitous 7-11 chain.

Tourist Police (English, French and German spoken): 1155
Central Emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire): 191
Crime Suppression: 195 or (662) 513 3844
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Call Centre: 1672
Immigration Bureau : (662) 287 3101-10

Contact information about the tourism offices in Thailand and abroad can be found on the Tourism Thailand website (http://www.tourismthailand.org), yellow pages, or world directory.

COVID-19 Based Questions

Since COVID-19 is affecting travel and news provides daily updates, please visit Thailand Insider’s Live COVID-19 FAQ blog which is updated frequently: https://thailandinsider.com/faq-on-the-coronavirus-situation-in-thailand-and-tips-on-how-to-stay-alert-on-your-trip/.