TRAVELING IN THAILAND

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THAILAND FASTFACTS:

Location: Southeast Asia

Area: 514,000 sq. km.

Population: 67,000,000

Capital: Bangkok 6,335,000 (2000)

Time: GMT +7 hours (12 hours ahead of Toronto and NYC - 15 hours ahead of Vancouver and LA)

Language: Thai is the official language. English and Chinese (Tachew) are widely spoken.

Religion: Buddhist, Muslim, Christian.

Currency: Baht (THB = 100 Satangs), US$1 = THB31 (2010-11-01)

Climate:JanAprJulyOctTemp C High/Low
Bangkok34/2035/2532/2431/24

Thailand is tropical. Humidity is relatively high. Three seasons: dry, from March to May, humid, from June to October, and cool, from November to February. Best months to visit Thailand are November, December, January and February when the weather is the finest. June, July, August, are a little humid, but also good.

Electricity: 220 VAC 50Hz

Telephone Country Code: 66
Telephone Town Code: Bangkok 2, Chiang Mai 53, Phuket 76, Krabi 75

Business Hours:
Banks: 0830-1530 Mon-Fri
Offices: 0830-1630 Mon-Fri
Shops: 1000-1900 Mon-Sun (Department Stores); 0800-2100 Mon-Sat (Others)

Holidays: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Chinese New Year (Changes), Chakri Memorial Day (Apr 6), Songkran Festival Day (Apr 13), Coronation (June 9), Visakha Puja Day (May), Asalha Puja, Khao Phansu (July), Queen's Birthday (Aug 12), Chulalongkorn Memorial Day (Oct 23), King's Birthday (Dec 5), Constitution Day (Dec 10), New Year's Eve (Dec 31)

Customs: Visitors can bring in 200 cigarettes and a one-litre bottle of liquor duty free. Not more than USD$10,000 (or equivalent) in cash can be brought out unless declared at time of entry. It is not permitted to bring in more than 2,000 baht in cash.

Currency: The official Thai currency is baht and satang (1 baht = 100 satang). It can be freely exchanged with foreign currency in banks or hotels. Thai money circulates in 1, 5, 10 baht coins and 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 baht notes.

Language: Thai is the national language. English is widely spoken and understood in hotels and major shops.

Health: It is advisable to drink only bottled or distilled water, which is readily available everywhere.

Taxis: Only take taxis specifically marked "Meter Taxi", and ensure they turn the meter on. For the tuk-tuks, negotiate the fare before starting the journey. Most taxi drivers do not speak English, except hotel cabs. It is suggested that you have instructions written in Thai. Most hotels have cards with their address for this purpose

Telephones: Most hotels are equipped with International Direct Dialing service phones. It is easy to call most major cities in the world, but due to the extensive telephone modernization program under way, telephone lines are sometimes heavily congested. If you bring your unlocked GSM mobile phone, local simm cards are widely available.

Electricity: Electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles. Major hotels also have 110V or adapters.

Travelers Cheques: Travellers cheques can be cashed in banks or hotels, usually requiring a passport for identification purposes. Bangkok Airport's exchange rate is the same as downtown and is usually better than most hotels. Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, major shops and restaurants in the major cities.

ATM: Most cities have ATMs scattered around or attached to banks. Also 7-11 stores usually have an ATM.

Clothing: Thailand is a tropical country and as such, very hot. Comfortable cotton clothing is best and mostly casual attire is suitable for most tours and events. When visiting temples, though, shorts should not be worn and women are advised to dress modestly, with arms and legs covered.

Medical Facilities: Most major hotels will have a doctor on call. Western standard medical services are available in the major cities.

Tipping: Tipping is customary in Thailand. There is an automatic 10% service charge in major hotels. In restaurants add 10% and slightly more in nightclubs. Tipping taxi drivers is at your discretion.

License: International driving license is required.

Immunization: Typhoid, Polio (though not essential), Hepatitis A/B, Tetanus recommended. See your local travel clinic for the most up to date information. Prophylactic recommended for Malaria.

Passport/Visa: Passport required. (Check current info...)

Main Airport: Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport - BKK 30km south east of Bangkok.
Second Airport: Don Muang International Airport - DMK 24km north of Bangkok

Credit Cards: All major credit cards are accepted at most hotels and state run shops in the major cities. Canadian Travelers cheques are widely accepted.

Distances: Flying from Bangkok to:
Hong Kong
Singapore
Kuala Lumpur
Beijing
Ho Chi Minh
Tokyo
Sydney
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2 hrs 35 min
2 hrs 10 mins
1 hr 50 mins
5 hrs 55 mins
1 hr 30 mins
5 hrs 45 mins
8 hrs 50 mins
  Taipei
Toronto
Vancouver
Chiang Mai
Krabi
Phuket
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3 hrs 20 mins
18 hrs (via Japan, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong)
17 hrs (via Japan, Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong)
1 hr 05 mins
1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 20 mins