Thailand General Information

Thailand – General Information

SensAsian Concept summarizes all the information you should know before visiting Thailand!

Thailand officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the center of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. With a total area of approximately 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi), Thailand is the world’s 50th-largest country. It is the 20th-most-populous country in the world, with around 69 million people.

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has switched between parliamentary democracy and military junta for decades, the latest coup being in May 2014 by the National Council for Peace and Order. Its capital and most populous city is Bangkok. It is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest.

The Thai economy is the world’s 20th largest by GDP at PPP and the 27th largest by nominal GDP. It became a newly industrialized country and a major exporter in the 1990s. Manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism are leading sectors of the economy. It is considered a middle power in the region and around the world.

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General Information

Official Name: Kingdom of Thailand
Government: Unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy
King: Phrabat Somdet Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua
Prime Minister: Prayut Chan-o-cha
Area: 513,120 km2
Population: 69,306,160 (2019)
Capital City: Bangkok, population: 10,350,204 million (2019)
Race: Thai (75%), Chinese (14%), Indian (11%)
Religion: Buddhism – 94.6%; Islam – 4.6%; Christianity – 0.7%; Others – 0.1%
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time Zone: GMT +7 Hours
International Dialing Code: +66
Drives on the: Left

Pre-Departure Checklist

Travel insurance
Valid passport (with at least six months of validity remaining!)
Appropriate immunizations/vaccinations
Currency from country of origin (see: “Money” header below)
Flight tickets
Photocopy of passport

Clothing & Suggested Packing List

Personal clothing items (lightweight items if traveling to Thailand in the summer!)
Toiletries
Medication, basic and necessary
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Long-sleeved shirts and pants (for visiting Temples and Wats)
Lightweight jacket for the North of Thailand (evening wear)
Camera (batteries, memory card, and charger too!)
Adapter – 220V, 50Hz; 2-pin plugs (The Thai standard are the American flat-pin plugs, and the European round-pin plugs are also often usable without an adapter)

Important Details When Traveling to Thailand

Travel Insurance

SensAsian Concept is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that our clients have a safe and unforgettable journey. However, travelers should always recognize that there are certain risks involved (however minimal) when traveling – this is why we encourage our clients to purchase travel insurance before their trip. One of the best ways to protect yourself from having one unexpected problem turning into an unexpected tragedy is to purchase travel insurance. Thus, in the event of problems like cancelled trips, delays, medical emergencies, baggages losses and so forth, you have one less thing to worry about. It’s peace of mind, should anything happen.

About Your Visa/Passport

Your passport needs to have at least six months of validity left. Most international visitors who arrive in Thailand without a visa are granted a 30-day stay if they have evidence of an onward ticket and adequate funds. If you’re planning on staying longer, you should apply for the appropriate visa before departure. For example, a tourist visa allows you to stay for 60 days, and is extendable for an additional 30 days through the immigration authority of the province you are visiting. Furthermore, after being issued the visa, you need to enter Thailand within 90 days for it to be valid. This of course is general information that is dependent on your country of origin (some countries have special agreements with Thailand) and is subject to change.

Health Information

Thailand generally has some of the best healthcare in Southeast Asia – hospitals tend to have a Western level of service. However, please be advised that healthcare can be expensive, and that each traveler is responsible for his or her own health. First, see the above regarding travel insurance (make sure you purchase it before departure!). Secondly, consult your doctor or local clinic before leaving – ideally two months before your holiday – for the latest relevant information on traveling to Thailand. Third, make sure that you have adequate protection against certain regional diseases (vaccines, immunizations, insect repellent, etc.) when you travel. Please bear in mind that there is a risk of malaria present in rural parts of Thailand. In general, most incoming Thailand visitors are required to have the following vaccinations:

· Tetanus
· Hepatitis A and B
· Polio
· Typhoid
· Diphtheria

Fifth, if you happen to have any particular conditions or allergies that may require attention when overseas, have your general doctor or relevant practitioner write a letter that describes the nature of your condition and what treatments are necessary; always have this letter on you. Sixth, and lastly, we recommend bringing your own basic medicine kit that may contain things like paracetamol, diarrhea relief, and so forth.

Climate

Climate

When traveling to Thailand, you can expect tropical climate that is high in temperature, humidity, and monsoons – with the latter being dependent on season.

The hottest months of the year are April and May, which is when you’ll hear even the locals complaining about the heat.

The beginning of the southwest monsoons is in June, which brings about the rainy season. This goes on intermittently until the end of October.

The coolest months with the lowest levels of humidity are from November to the end of February – this is the best time to visit Thailand.

For reference, the north and northeast are usually hotter than Bangkok in the summer, but cooler in the winter. In the far north (Mae Hong Son region) temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2ºC.

Money

Money

The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (pronounced as its spelled: “baht”). One baht is equivalent to 100 satangs; these satangs come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50, but they are rarely used. Instead, you will more commonly use baht that comes in coins (1, 2, 5, and 10 baht) and paper notes (20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 baht).

For reference, the most commonly used coin is the 10, and the most commonly used paper note is the 100.

ATMs: You can withdraw money from an ATM using a non-Thai credit card, while keeping in mind that most Thai banks will charge you a fee (of about THB180 or THB220) when you use their ATM and your home bank will most likely charge a fee for withdrawing money abroad. Nevertheless, withdrawing funds from an ATM is safer than walking around with large amounts of cash and is more convenient than T/Cs. ATMs are generally everywhere and easy to find.

FOREX (FOReign EXchange) booths are very common and post their daily exchange rates on an electronic notice board – do note that cash exchanges in Thailand incur NO commissions or fees. Also, we recommend that you do not buy any Thai currency until you arrive in Thailand, as the currency exchange rates for baht in Thailand are better than the ones you may find back home. Exchanging should also be relatively simple, as FOREX booths accept ALL MAJOR currencies (so long as the notes are in good, overall condition and NOT ripped, torn, damaged, etc.).

Credit cards are generally accepted in large shopping centers and hotels.

Tipping is a not required but is encouraged, as it is your way of showing appreciation towards the people of Thailand that are serving you. We recommend that you tip as you see fit. Our staff will provide you with the proper information on arrival, for your convenience.

Your Embassy Contact Details In Thailand

Embassy of Australia

ADDRESS : 181 Wireless Road Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 344 6300
FAX : +66 (0) 2 344 6593

Emergency only: +61 2 6261 3305

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://thailand.embassy.gov.au/bkok/home.html

Embassy of Belgium

ADDRESS : 16/F Sathorn Square, 98 North Sathorn Road , Silom Sub-District, Bangrak District
10500 Bangkok Thailand

TEL: +66 (0) 2 108 18 00
FAX: +66 (0) 2 108 18 07

Emergency only: +66 81 833 99 87

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://thailand.diplomatie.belgium.be


Embassy of Canada

ADDRESS : 15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama IV Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 646 4300
FAX : +66 (0) 2 646 4336

Emergency only: +1 613 996 8885

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/thailand-thailande/index.aspx?lang=eng

Embassy of France

ADDRESS : 35 Rue de Brest, Charoen Krung Soi 36, Charoen Krung Road, Bang Rak,
10500 Bangkok
Thailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 657 51 00
FAX : +66 (0) 2 657 5111

Emergency only: +66 81 833 99 87

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://th.ambafrance.org/


Embassy of Germany

ADDRESS : 9 South Sathon Road, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 287 9000
FAX : +66 (0) 2 287 1776

Emergency only: –

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://bangkok.diplo.de/th-de

Embassy of Japan

ADDRESS : 177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 207 8500
FAX : –

Emergency only: –

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://www.th.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html


Embassy of Luxembourg

ADDRESS : Q House Lumphini 17th Floor 1 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 Thailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 677 7360
FAX : +66 (0) 2 667 7364

Emergency only: –

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://bangkok.mae.lu/en

Embassy of Malaysia

ADDRESS : 33-35 South Sathorn Road Tungmahamek, Sathorn Road 10120, Bangkok

TEL : +66 (0) 2 629 6800 , +66 (0) 2 629 6831
FAX : +66 (0) 2 679 2208

Emergency only: +66 87 028 4659

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : http://www.kln.gov.my/web/tha_bangkok/home


Embassy of Netherlands

ADDRESS : Kees Rade, AmbassadorAddress 15 Soi Ton Son Lumphini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330

TEL : +66 (0) 2 309 5200
FAX : +66 (0) 2 309 5200

Emergency only: +66 23 095 200

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/countries/thailand/about-us/netherlands-embassy-in-bangkok

Embassy of Norway

ADDRESS : UBC II Building, 18th floor, 591 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 33, Bangkok 10110 vThailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 204 6500
FAX : +66 (0) 2 262 0218

Emergency only: –

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://www.norway.no/en/thailand/


Embassy of Singapore

ADDRESS : Kees Rade, AmbassadorAddress 15 Soi Ton Son Lumphini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330

TEL : +66 (0) 2 348 6700
FAX : +66 (0) 2 348 6701

Emergency only: +66 81 844 3580

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://www.mfa.gov.sg/bangkok

Embassy of Spain

ADDRESS : Lake Rajada Office Complex, 23rd Floor, 193, Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok 10110

TEL : +66 (0) 2 661 8284-6
FAX : +66 (0) 2 661 9220

Emergency only: –

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/Bangkok


Embassy of Sweden

ADDRESS : 20th Floor, One Pacific Place, 140 Sukhumvit Road, between soi 4 and soi 6 Bangkok 10110

TEL : +66 (0) 2 263 7200
FAX : +66 (0) 2 263 7260

Emergency only: +61 2 6261 3305

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/thailand-bangkok/

Embassy of Switzerland

ADDRESS : 35 North Wireless road (Thanon Witthayu Nuea), Lumphini, Pathum Wan , Bangkok 10330 Thailand

TEL: +66 (0) 2 674 6900
FAX: +66 (0) 2 674 6901

Emergency only: +66 81 833 99 87

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : https://www.eda.admin.ch/bangkok


Embassy of United Kingdom

ADDRESS : ADDRESS : 14 Wireless Road , Lumpini , Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

TEL : +66 (0) 2 305 8333
FAX : +66 (0) 2 255 9278

Emergency only: +61 2 6261 3305

EMAIL : [email protected]
WEBSITE : www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-bangkok

Embassy of United States

ADDRESS : 95 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan,Bangkok 10330, Thailand

TEL: +66 (0) 2 205 4000
FAX: +66 (0) 2 254 1171

Emergency only: +66 81 833 99 87

EMAIL :
WEBSITE : https://th.usembassy.gov/


Hospital Contact details At Your Destination

AYUTTHAYA

Rajthanee Hospital In ayutthaya

111 Moo 3, Khlong Suan Phlu Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000

Tel: +66 (0) 3 533 5555 – 71

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BANGKOK

Bangkok Hospital In Bangkok

2 Soi Soonvijai 7 New Petchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Bang Kapi, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310 Bangkok Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2 310 3000 or 1719

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CHIANG MAI

Bangkok Hospital In Chiang Mai

88/8 Moo. 6, Nong Pa Khrang, Mueang Chiang Mai , Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 5 208 9888 or 1719

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CHIANG RAI

Bangkok Hospital In Chiang Rai

Nang Lae, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57100

Tel: +66 (0) 5 205 1800

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HUA HIN

Bangkok Hospital In Hua Hin

888 Thanon Phetkasem Hua Hin, Hua Hin District Prachuap Khirikhan 77110 Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 3 261 6800 or 1719

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KANCHANABURI

Thanakan Hospital

20 Sangchuto Rd, Tambon Ban Tai, Amphoe Mueang Kanchanaburi, Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71000

Tel: +66 (0) 3 454 0601 – 9

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KOH SAMUI

Bangkok Hospital In Koh Samui

57 Moo 3, Thaweerat Phakdee Road, Bophut, Koh Samui , Suratthani 84320 Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 7 742 9500 or 1719

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PHITSANULOK

Bangkok Hospital In Phisanulok

138 Phra Ong Dam Rd., Nai Muang, Phitsanulok, 65000 Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 5 521 222 , +66 (0)5 521 1669 or 1719

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PHUKET

Bangkok Hospital In Phuket

75 soi 15 Petchkasem Road, Hat Yai, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110 Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 7 427 2800 or 1719

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KRABI

Krabi Nakharin International Hospital

1 Pisanpop Rd., Pak Nam Sub-district Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000 Thailand.

Tel: +66 (0) 75 626 555

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SKYPE US

You can reach us at the below mentioned office hours local time:

Monday to Friday

09:00am – 19:30pm

Saturday

10:00am – 14:00pm