Thailand: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Thailand

Overview

What do we search for when we travel? A sense of discovery, the rush of adventure, maybe immersion into a new culture? Thailand is as diverse as it is exotic, a melange of sounds, tastes, textures and landscapes. A land with rugged mountains, white-sand beaches, lush jungles and adrenaline-fueled cities. A culture rich in tradition, regional pride and people with a graceful charm and confidence. If exploration is your purpose, you've come to the right place, welcome to Thailand!

 

Capital City: Bangkok

Population: 70.01 million (2022 est.)

Currency: Baht (฿)(THB)

Time Zone: Indochina Time (GMT+8)

Emergency Number: 911 or 191

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Packing List

Speak the Language

Language: While the official Thai language is widely spoken throughout Thailand, many Thais also speak and understand English, though more so in Bangkok and the major tourist areas.

 

  • Hello - Sawatdii
  • How are you? - Sabaaidii mai?
  • I'm fine - Sabaaidii
  • I'm not well - Mai sabaii
  • Thank you - Khop kun
  • Sorry - Khot hort
  • No problem - Mai bpenrai
  • Goodbye - Bai
  • Can you speak English? - Kun food paasaa anggrit dai mai?
  • What is your name? - Kun chug arai?
  • My name is ___ - Pom / Chán chuu ___.

 

Google Translate: Download the Google Translate app or click here.

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Weather

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Fun Facts

  • Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by a European country. In fact, in Thai, the name of the country is Prathet Thai which means "land of the free."
  • Bangkok's real name is one of the longest names of any place in the world: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. This translates to: “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.”
  • In Thailand, the Royal Family is adored and deeply respected by its citizens. For example, Mother and Father's Days are celebrated throughout the country, but not in reverence to a family's parents but rather the King and Queen of Thailand.
  • All young men in Thailand (including royalty) are required to become Buddhist monks-even if only for a short period of time before they turn 20.
  • In Thailand and much of the Buddhist world, the human body represents holiness and different body parts have different levels of holiness. The human head is considered to be the most spiritual and it is a major cultural faux pas to touch the top of someone's head. The feet are considered the lowest and it is also considered extremely rude to point the bottom of your feet in the air, at a person, or at a religious statue.
  • The most disrespectful insult one can use against a Thai person is to call them either a lizard or a buffalo. To call someone a water lizard is to insinuate that they are lacking culture and calling someone a buffalo is suggesting that someone is slow and dumb. Stay friendly and kind out there!
  • The first reported conjoined twins, Eng and Chang Bunker, were born on May 11, 1811, in Thailand when the country was known as the Kingdom of Siam. The brothers were known as 'Siamese twins.' Short-haired and sometimes hairless 'Siamese Cats' also have their origins in Thailand.
  • About a tenth of all animal species and a tenth of all bird species on the planet call Thailand home. Thailand has more birds than Europe and America combined!
  • Red Bull, the world-famous energy drink, has its roots in Thailand. Although it was adjusted for western palates, it is based on a drink called Krating Daung, popular in Thailand since 1976.
  • Tap water should be avoided but ice cubes are completely hygienic as ice factories use filtered water to create cubes, blocks, and cylinders. They supply them to stores and even street vendors.

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5 per person/per day
Drivers USD $3 per person/per day
Restaurants(full service)  $0.50 per person/per meal

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

 

Is the water safe to drink? Tap water should be avoided by travelers. For drinking water, make sure to drink treated water or purchase bottled water. You should also avoid brushing your teeth with tap water when possible.

 

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

 

What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com or from a provider of your choice.

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

What does public transportation look like? The most indigenous mode of transportation in Thailand is the famous three-wheeled tuk-tuks. There are taxis and motorcycle taxis readily available.

 

Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is not in Thailand but there is a ride-share app called Grab.

Luggage Restrictions

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