Alcohol

The legal drinking age in Thailand is 20. The display of logos and brands of alcoholic products is prohibited and Thai police is monitoring closely the social media to further enforce the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (2008). Think twice before taking a selfie with the Singha. It may cost you a fortune.

The sale of alcohol is daily banned between 2pm and 5pm and again between midnight and 11 am seven days a week. The election days and religious holidays are also banned on alcohol.

You can bring 1 liter of wine or liquor to Thailand.

Bangkok BTS Skytrain

The BTS Skytrain is the safest, most comfortable and convenient way to get around Bangkok. In service since December 5, 1999, it has transformed the face of public transportation in the Thai capital, for the first time offering both residents and visitors a comfortable ride through central Bangkok – lifting commuters above the chronic congestion, noise and pollution of the streets below.

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Cigarettes and tabacco

You can bring 250 grams cigars or smoking tabacco, or 200 cigarettes or 250g of all types combined.
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Climate

Thailand’s weather is tropical, hot and humid all year round, with a plentiful rainfall that brings cooler conditions.

Clothing

Light, loose cotton clothing is best for Thailand’s tropical climate. Sweaters are recommended when visiting the northern mountainous region and national parks during the winter season. When visiting Buddhist temples, please wear appropriate clothing and avoid wearing short pants/skirts and sleeveless shirts. Always remember to remove shoes before entering a temple.

Convenience store

Thailand has both local/community stores and convenience stores such as 7- eleven and Family Mart. Visit the convenience store in Thailand for new experiences and you will find nearly everything you need in everyday life.

Cooling down the heat

Try “Cooling Body Wipe-Snake Brand” or “Cooling powder-Snake Brand” in the middle of the day to ease the heat.

Electricity

Electrical outlets in Thailand are charged to 220v at 50 cycles per second. Outlets in Thailand generally feature flat, two pronged plugs, though some feature holes for round plug ends. Few outlets feature three holes (grounded outlets) so it is often necessary to have a three to two prong adapter for using notebook computers in Thailand.

Emergency

• Ambulance 1669
• Police: 191
• Fire: 199

Holidays and Festivals

Exact dates for some holidays and festivals vary from year to year as many are based on the lunar cycle. The following are just a few of the major holidays and festivals in Thailand.

• Songkran Festival (13-15 April) – During this Thai New Year, people pour scented water into the hands of parents and the elderly and ask for their blessing. Water is splashed on others as a “gesture of good luck”. Be prepared to get wet.
• Loi Krathong Festival (full moon, twelfth lunar month) – This most charming of all Thai celebrations usually falls in November. People launch Krathongs, lotus-blossom- shaped vessels made of banana leaves containing a candle, incense sticks, flowers and coins onto the river, lakes and/or canals to pay respect to the goodness of water.

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Mosquito repellent

Thailand is a tropical country, we highly recommend to bring some mosquito repellent for your present trip or you can find it at any convenience stores in Thailand.

Railway

Train in Thailand is cheap and an eco-friendly way to discover the Thai countryside behind the windows. Passengers are mainly Thais. The vendors with their food and drinks are common seen and you can buy food and drinks from them preferably with cash. Train punctuality is quite relative and it is quite slow comparing to other developed countries. You can check the time table and book your train ticket online. Have your Thailand map at hands to look at because station names on the booking site might not be familiar.

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Things to remember while visiting Thailand

Thai people have a deep reverence for the Royal Family therefore visitors should be careful to show respect for and not offend the King, the Queen, and/or any members of the Royal Family.

• Places of worship; such as, temples and the Grand Palace, are considered holy and sacred grounds, thus it is important for visitors to respect them and behave accordingly. Avoid sleeveless shirts, short pants and short skirts when visiting these places.
• Buddha statures and Buddha images are religious objects, and visitors are expected to treat them with the utmost respect and not lean on, sit on, touch, or point feet towards them.
• Women are not to touch Buddhist monks, the monks’ robes, and are not allowed to hand any object directly to monks.
• Shoes should be removed when entering temples and/or Thai homes.
• Thais regard the head as the most respected part of the body whereas the feet are the least respected, therefore one should never touch a person’s head and should not point the feet at anyone or anything.

Time

Time in the Kingdom of Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7).

Tipping

A 10-15% tip is customary in most restaurants and hotels, particularly where service charges are waived.

Underground Bangkok MRT Subway

Bangkok’s transportation system has entered the 21st century with modern, electric rail lines that are easing traffic and making travel around the capital city both comfortable and convenient.

Water

Though tap water in Bangkok is technically safe to drink, the plumbing in certain buildings may make water inadvisable to ingest. Furthermore, travelers’ unaccustomed to otherwise harmless bacteria in the water could get upset stomachs from drinking ice that is technically ‘safe’ to consume. Bottled water in Thailand is recommended as it is cheap and ubiquitous and most ice is safe to consume as it is produced with potable water, with cube ice generally safer than crushed ice.

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