Thailand Travel Guide
When To Go & Weather
The weather in Thailand varies greatly depending on the time of year and location. The most popular time to visit northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai), central Thailand (Bangkok) and the west Coast (Phuket, Krabi), is between November to February when the weather is drier and warm.
The most popular time to visit Thailand’s east coast (Koh Samui) is between April to October, during its dry season.
Hotels and flights to Phuket are typically discounted significantly between April to October, when the temperature, humidity and rainfall is at its highest.
The Thai Baht is the official currency of Thailand. When exchanging money in Thailand, go to banks, exchange counters at the airport and accredited operators.
ATMs are widely available across the whole country. Make sure to check with your bank about any foreign ATM withdrawal fees.
Credit cards are widely accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Thai is the official language. However, English is widely spoken in the capital, Bangkok, as well as most major tourist destinations. As a tourist, you should have no problem getting around speaking English.
Here are some etiquette rules to remember when in Thailand:
■ Thailand’s monarchy is deeply revered by the Thai people. Speak respectfully of the Royal family.
■ Feet are considered dirty in Thai culture. Always remove shoes before entering a temple or home.
■ The head is considered the most sacred part of the body in Thai culture. Do not touch the head of a Thai person or statue.
■ There is a time and place for bikinis, beers and singlets! Respect the local culture when visiting religious events and destinations such as temples. Travellers are to cover up their legs and shoulders.
Passports & Visas
Australians can visit Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. Travellers intending to stay for longer than 30 days can apply for a visa from an Embassy or Consulate of Thailand, or on arrival.
When visiting Thailand, you are required to hold a current passport with at least six months of validity.
For more details, please refer to the Australian Government's Smart Traveller Website.
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