Thailand hotel travel information and local guide
Climate : We enjoy a tropical climate with 3 distinct seasons
- hot from March through May, wet from June to September, and cool from
October through February. The average annual temperature is 28o C (83o
F), ranging from in Bangkok, for example, from 30 C in April to 25 C in
Business Hours : Most offices open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays. General banking hours are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Many stores open 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
Currency : There are 100 satangs in 1 baht. (B=baht) Notes are issued in denominations of B1000 (gray), B500 (purple), B100 (red), B50 (blue), B20 (green), and B10 (brown). There are 10, 5 and 1 baht coin, and 50 and 25 satang. Most foreign currencies and traveller cheques are easily changed at banks, hotels or moneychangers. All major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the kingdom.
Thai Public Holidays
Visas : Visitors to Thailand who hold valid passports or travelling
documents issued by any country included in an officially issued list
of eligible countries are permitted one-month visa-free visits. If planning
a longer stay, a Tourist Visa valid for 60 days must be obtained from
a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad. Visa extensions can be applied
for at the Immigration Department in Bangkok.
Do's and Don't
The Monarchy : Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence
for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect
for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.
Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it.
Social Norms : Thais don't normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it.
Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude.
Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai home.
Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.