The majority of people visiting Thailand for the first time dont really know what to expect, although much can be read on the internet and in books about Thailand, not until you visit the country will the many marvels of Thailand’s undiscovered enchantment, with surprises and delights around almost every corner, will you gain an understanding of Thailand’s people and their culture.
The great thing about Thailand is it offers something for everyone, its the Thai people with their family traditions and unique culture that make your stay unforgettable, we recommend anybody visiting Thailand for the first time purchase a pocket guide book on the country, it will help you to communicate with the local people while asking directions or shopping.
Thailand truly an amazing place, has so much to offer tourists, a week in a five star hotel in Bangkok is unlikely to give you an insight to the real Thailand, like any other capital city though out the world, Bangkok with it’s many attractions is well worth exploring and makes for an idea starting point for any newcomer to Thailand.
Those of you that just want to relax on one of Thailand’s islands or beach locations make a point of heading strait for your destination, travel is not expensive in Thailand and many visitors just choose to purchase a return flight, stay a couple of nights in Bangkok before moving on to their chosen destination.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) head office in Bangkok, local offices in 22 major cities and at TAT information counters at other local airports, TAT provides maps, brochures and other information on tours, shopping, dining and accommodation, all TAT information centers operate seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Thai Tourist Police was set up in 1982 to coordinate with TAT in providing safety for tourists, and are stationed in major tourist areas.
Light and loose attire are the best, nylon should be avoided and sweaters needed during the cool season, jackets and ties are required at certain restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainment establishments.
The electric current is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. There are many plugs and sockets in use. Travelers with shavers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit.
Tourist destination’s and provincial capitals have hospitals and clinics staffed by well trained doctors and nurses, ambulances can be summoned from any private hospital.
IDD dialing country code: 66 IDD dialing out of Thailand 001 plus country code.
If you need to keep in contact with friends and family we recommend that you bring an unlocked mobile phone with you, Thai sim cards are cheap the calls a faction of the price of western mobiles, calls to Europe vary from 4 to 8 Baht a minute.
Foreign tourists can freely bring in foreign bank notes or other types of foreign exchange.