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Thailand Travel Hub

Welcome to the Thailand Travel Hub, a travellers guide to the amazing Kingdom of Thailand. Here you can explore Thailand's best cities and islands, places to go, things to do, as well as top tips, travel advice, travel resources and booking information.

Bangkok

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Thailand Travel Information

Location

Thailand, formally known as Siam is located in the Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar and Laos to the north, Cambodia and Laos to the East, Malaysia to the south and Andaman Sea to the west. Thailand can be reached in just over 11 hrs from the UK, 19.25 hrs from New York and 9.20 hrs from Sydney.

Capital City

Bangkok, known to Thai's as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon is the nations capital city. This vibrant, modern and rapidly changing metropolis is located in central Thailand and surrounds the Mekong Delta River. It is home to 8 Million people, with a further 14 million people in the greater Bangkok Metropolitan Region.

Language

Thai, also know as Siamese is the official language spoken in Thailand, it is a member of the Tai group of the Kra-Dai Family and the majority of the language has been derived from Pali, Sanskrit, Mon and Old Khemer. There are various dialects spoken in different regions of Thailand. Try to Learn the basics, will go a long way and can be fun.

Currency

The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht, currency sign: ฿; currency code: THB. It has a sub-unit called Satang of which 1 baht is divisible into 100 Satang. It is advisable to wait to you get to Thailand to exchange money, to receive a better exchange rate than at home and there are plenty of ATM's at the Airport.

Electricity

The standard electricity in Thailand is 220V AC and frequency is 50 Hz. Power sockets are usually 2 prong round or 2 prong flat sockets, however some newer sockets will have 3rd prong for earthing. So to power your devices and appliances be sure to take a universal power adapter with you.

Airport

Thailand's main Airport is Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), also referred to a Bangkok Airport. Suvarnabhumi serves most international flights as well as some internal flights. Bangkok's old Airport called Don Mueang (DMK) now handles the majority of domestic flights.

Visas

Citizens from 55 countries including the UK, US, AU and EU are issued a free 30 Day visa on arrival. Airlines may provide you with an Immigration Card to fill in before you land, or you can get one when you arrive. Passports need to be valid for 6 months, if you overstay you'll be fined 500 baht per day.

Vaccinations

It is recommended that people travelling to Thailand have jabs for both tetanus and hepatitis A. However the only mandatory vaccine is the yellow fever which applies to people over nine months old and have been to any countries in a yellow-fever zone, even if you have been in transit (12+ hrs) in the airport.

Thailand Travel Inspiration

Endlessly fascinating, lush with jungles and rain forests, white sand beaches and emerald islands, beautifully embellished with shimmering golden temples, rural hilltop villages and vibrant modern cities. You’ll find the towering skyscrapers of Bangkok a constant contrast to the tranquil, ornate temples of Ayutthaya, the stunning luxury of 5-star resorts perched on Koh Samui in sharp contradistinction to the hostels of Khao San Road, and the serenity of days spent tanning on the beach a sobering tonic to nights spent dancing ‘till dawn.

Thailand is pure beautiful contradiction. It’s modern and traditional, stunning yet brash.

Thailand sits at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia and shares a number of borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar. International flights arrive from every corner of the world to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, while international train connections are available to many South East Asian countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia – some of which combine ferry and rail travel.

To begin to properly explore Thailand, you’ll need a month at least, but it’s possible to get a good grounding in 2 weeks if you’re creative with your time. More than likely you’ll arrive in Bangkok, which can be daunting for first timers to the country, but think of it as a baptism by fire and jump straight into the culture. Hail a tuk tuk and swoon at the sight of the Golden Temple and the enchanting Wat Phra Kaew, stroll through China Town and grab lunch at a street food stand and then make your way to towering skyscrapers and malls in modern central Siam. To really get to grips with the city – jump on the Skytrain, take a Chao Phraya Express Boat along the river, and eat at every food stall that you walk past. Drink at the top of skyscrapers one night and then switch to the rowdy bars of Sukhumvit the next. Indulge and explore.

Thailand is a temple explorer’s heaven on earth and you can pretty much pick a point on the map and be able to rest assured that you’ll find something to see. Start though in the gorgeous city of Ayuttaya, exploring Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Lokkasuthawas and Wat Chaiwatthanaram – before taking a stroll on the banks of the Chao Phraya River bank to look at the Bang Pa-In Palace reflected in its waters. Then head north to explore the temples of idyllic Chiang Mai, trek into the jungles close to Chiang Rai and Myanmar and see rice paddies, hill tribes and stunning, almost entirely unspoiled nature – filled with waterfalls, elephants and lush forestry. Spend a few days in Chiang Rai eating delicious Northern Thai cuisine and getting to know the monks at a local wat.

Beach lovers should head instead to the southern island of Phuket to explore its divine white sand beaches and luxury beach resorts. Get deeper into nature in the enchanting Phang Nga Bay, which is a veritable jewellery box filled with the most beguiling of emerald islands. Choose Koh Samui if you want to practise your water sports, Ko Phangan for the parties, or Ko Chang if you don’t want to venture too far from Bangkok. To see that beach, go to the now ridiculously busy Hat Maya on Phi Phi Leh Island, or for something more authentic try the sandy beaches of Ko Phayam, which while rising in popularity every day, still retains much of the charm of a few years past.

Thai people do many things very well. For example, they smile as we all know, but they also throw great parties and festivals, such as the famous Thai New Year ‘Songkran’ festival, where it’s entirely normal to watch (and be victim of) drive by soakings and thousand-people strong water fights on the streets of Bangkok. Elsewhere, the chaos of Songkran is replaced by enchantment in Chiang Mai during Loi Krathong, when people float candlelit lotus flowers on the river, and let hundreds of lanterns off into the night sky. They cook too, probably better than any other country in the region and Thai cuisine, much like Thai culture is a phenomenal mix of fiery, sweet, sour, light, heavy, delicious, confusing and inspiring dishes. Expect sour soups, spicy curries, marinated meats, bugs, lemongrass sausages, fried noodles, papaya salads, seafood, fragrant Thai basil, dried chilies, tamarind, so many different bananas, dragon fruit, durian, pancakes, coconut broths, fried rice, and so very much more.

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