Passports, Visas and Immigration
When arriving in Thailand you will need to hold a valid passport. There are 41 countries which have holiday visa exemptions (including Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America and most European Union countries). If entering Thailand via an airport then visas will be issued for 30 days, however if entering Thailand via a land border then you will only be issued with a 14* day holiday visa. If you are considering staying in Thailand for longer than this time then you should apply for a 60 day tourist visa at the Thai embassy in your country of origin. More information can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
All of Thailand is in the same time zone that is based on Bangkok time which is seven hours ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT+7). There is no daylight savings so you don’t have to worry about changing your clocks around.
Thailand extends over a large area but can be described as a tropical monsoon climate. This means that the there are two main seasons (dry and wet). The dry season is cooler and less humid with temperatures getting as low as 15 degrees centigrade in the north and as high as 35c. In the wet season it is very humid (80-100%) and hot with temperatures in the high 30s.
The currency in use in Thailand is the Thai Baht (B). The denominations are 1B, 2B, 5B and 10B coins; 20B, 50B, 100B, 500B, 1000B notes. Thailand is very westernised for an Asian country and correspondingly there are ATMs in nearly all developed towns and cities. Changing money can easily be done at the main airports and most banks, and changing from Thai Baht to other currencies is also easy.
Thailand has had western tourists for many years now and competition for the tourist money is fierce. Expect to be lambasted and pestered when on the street and in markets (this pestering may not occur in some shops). Bangkok has many large, international brands in its network of malls, while other cities have most of their shopping available in smaller Thai malls and markets. Souvenirs are readily available in street markets - especially night markets, which are great locations to pick up gifts for friends, try street food, and people-watch. In the larger cities there are supermarkets and most western conveniences, and every town will have at least one 7-11.
You must have valid and current travel insurance to travel with Stray Asia.
Before travelling to Thailand you should visit a travel doctor for quality medical advice (we want you to be healthy and enjoy your trip with us). There are many diseases present in tropical climates that are transmitted by mosquitoes, so discuss what vaccinations you might need with them. It is possible to get dengue fever and malaria (remote areas) from mosquitoes so we recommend you carry some strong (>30%) insect repellent.