Time zone: UTC + 7
Currency: Thailand’s currency is the baht (THB). Each baht is subdivided into 100 satangs. You will need baht for markets and street food and carry smaller bills like ฿20 or ฿50 notes to pay taxis as they don’t generally carry change. Cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants, and convenience stores. There are many international ATMs where travellers can withdraw cash.
Language: Central Thai, Chinese, and Malay are the main languages spoken in Thailand.
Transportation: Avoid using local public transport and opt for an officially licensed taxi or arrange transport with your hotel if possible.
Cuisine: Thailand’s cuisine is renowned for its inventive use of fresh local ingredients like lemongrass, Thai basil, and coconut milk. The food is a vibrant fusion of aromatic spices and bold flavours that will tantalise your taste buds.
Safety: Thailand is considered a safe travel destination. Travellers are always advised to take standard safety precautions like being aware of their surroundings, avoiding isolated areas at night, and being cautious with personal belongings in crowded places.
Tipping: Tipping is not expected in Thailand, but small gratuities for good service are appreciated. It is customary to leave change in coins as a tip in restaurants, tips of 20 – 50 baht for porters, and perhaps 20 baht left for the cleaner.
Social: Thailand has conservative cultural norms that should be respected. Dress modestly by covering your shoulders, knees, and ankles. Opt for longer shorts, pants, or skirts, and wear a shirt that covers your shoulders without showing any cleavage. Thailand has strict drug laws to avoid any illegal substances, which can lead to serious consequences, including heavy fines, imprisonment, or even the death penalty.
Health: It’s always best to err on the safe side, so vaccinations for hepatitis B, Malaria, Japanese encephalitis, or rabies are recommended depending on your itinerary and planned activities.