American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. The traveler must also have empty pages and proof of confirmed air tickets for return or onward travel within 30 days. In addition, each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately. Never leave your passport as collateral when renting a motorcycle, snorkels and fins, Skidoos or other equipment.
American and Canadian citizens and those from most European nations do not need a visa to enter Thailand if they can show evidence of onward or return travel within 30 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than this, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate General for the most up- to-date information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
Currently Required Vaccinations for Thailand:
Required for all travelers greater than one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas and for travelers who have been in transit in an airport located in a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Not recommended or required otherwise.
You may also want to ask your travel health professional about . Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, Typhoid, Hepatitis A depending on the areas you will be visiting
Remember that the best precaution against mosquitoes is the preventative kind. To reduce the risk of contracting yellow fever, dengue fever and other diseases, liberally apply mosquito repellent that contains at least 30 percent DEET to your skin and clothes, and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers/slacks especially in the evenings.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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Thailand has a tropical climate, typical of the country’s location just 15 degrees north of the equator. The weather is generally hot and humid and can be divided into three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool, though Thailand’s geography allows you to find pleasant weather somewhere at any time of the year. Temperatures typically range from 19 C° to 38 C° degrees C° (66 F°-100 F°). For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Electricity is 220 volts, 50 HZ. Outlets generally feature flat, two pronged plugs, though some feature holes for round plug ends. It is useful to bring a two- to three-prong adapter for notebook computers.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges. You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible. Or, purchase a temporary mobile phone for use in Thailand.
Internet: You’ll find Internet cafés and wireless access in almost all regions, including the islands.
The currency is the Thai Baht. Notes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 with satang coins as 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 satang. Note: It is important to pay with new bills featuring anti-counterfeit features (2006 and younger) as old bills may not be accepted.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing about $75 U.S. per day, per person, for spending money including tips. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction).
Language: The official language is Thai, although English is spoken widely, especially in tourist areas
Currency: The currency is the Thai Baht, divided into 100 satang. Notes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10; coins 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 satang.
Religion: Over 94 percent Buddhist; a small percentage of Muslim and Christian believers
Time Zone: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +7. Thailand does not have daylight saving.
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 HZ.
Telephone: Country code for calling Thailand is 66
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10-digit number. International operator assistance is available by dialing 110.
Emergency numbers: Medical: 191; Tourist Police: 1155; Fire: 199