Don’t Let Poor Travel Planning Ruin Your Vacation!
Travel Documents and Tourist Visa
Actually, travel planning and preparations are quite simple and easy. Start with your passport, it must be valid for at least six months on the date of your arrival in Thailand. It should also have a few empty pages for visa stamps. If you intend to travel with your children, their names must be recorded in your passport, unless they have their own passports.
Click on the following link to check for the Visa Requirements in your country.
Travel Planning and Arrangements
|Bangkok Immigration Office has been relocated.|
|The new address is:|
Government Complex Bldg B, Nº 120 Moo 3, Chaeng Wattana Road Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok.
Phone: 02 141 9889, Call Center: 1178.
Open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 16:30 (12:00-13:00 lunch break).
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and on Public Holidays.
Normally, one would get a better exchange rate when purchasing Thai Baht in Thailand. It would be wise to bring to Thailand US dollars, British pounds, Euros, or other world's major currencies, which provide more secure and stable rates while exchanging to the Thai Baht at any bank or readily accessible currency exchange booth. Actually, the best rates are offered by private currency exchange traders in Bangkok and major Thai resorts. A foreign exchange service is also available at most hotels, but be prepared to pay a premium as high as 10% or more. International credit cards issued by established banks are generally recognized as well. ATM machines are commonly available in Thailand. Thai ATMs use 4-digit PINs. Traveler's checks are widely accepted, but to cash them, one should carry along a passport.
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Apropos Thailand money, click on the banknote's thumbnail to see its original size. Not so long ago, newly designed banknotes enrolled in the market, and in effect, both new and old are in circulation. Try out this Currency Calculator, to check the exchange rates from various currencies to Thai Baht ฿. For actual rates offered in Thailand click on Bangkok Bank or Thai Baht Current Exchange Rates.
Thailand is definitely an inexpensive country for visitors the world over. As a piece of evidence, just take a look at our bargain-priced Vacation Package to Bangkok and Pattaya. Going into the real bargain, the cheapest guesthouses in Bangkok are less than US$25.00 per room per night, refer to the Khao San Road title. Among other things, keep one's eyes skinned to some bizarre characters found in that backpacker’s paradise, and at the same time, don't overlook the unrivaled dining and shopping opportunities. Khao San Road probably played a vital role in selecting Bangkok Thailand as the most traveler-friendly city in Southeast Asia for deluxe-style visitors on the high hills as well as for backpackers on a shoestring.
However, no matter how cheap it is, bear in mind that Thailand offers lots of marvels and tempting enchantments to strive for with surprises and delights around every corner, and ultimately, everything has its cost. Not once I'd heard complaints from the first-time visitors:
"...we've been told that everything in Thailand is so cheap, but...
nobody told us how many of these things there are! "
It shows how uncomfortable one would feel, when forced to impose unwished limits on spending and thus on pleasure, especially while on vacation, just due to the lousy planning and preparations.
As a rough indication, it should be fairly easy for a couple to get by eating in the restaurants and traveling by taxi at US$35-50 or so a day. And it would be even less outside of Bangkok and other major tourist destinations, like Pattaya or Phuket.
Of course, all bets are off, if you plan to engage yourself in the night entertainment activities. The nightclubs and other nighttime diversion venues visited by throngs of tourists ain't exactly reconcilable with the budgetary considerations. Simply put, the nightlife throughout Thailand is legendary due to the beauty and cheerful attitude of Thai girls.