Thailand

Let us show you everything Thailand has to offer. The ‘land of smiles’ is renowned for its friendly people and unique culture. Home to white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, incredible food, colourful markets, adventure activities, buzzing nightlife and ornate temples, Thailand has something for everyone!

Climate

Thailand has a complicated mish-mash of seasons but in general the weather is warm, humid and tropical all year round. North of Bangkok there are three seasons. November - February is dry and cool season. March - April is hot season, and May - November is monsoon season. South of Bangkok there are two seasons, wet and dry, and the seasons are harder to predict.The average weather varies every season, but the temperature is around 30°C every day throughout the year. October is on average the wettest month throughout Thailand. November until April weather is the best time to go to the West Coast (Andaman Sea). May until September weather is the best time to go to the East Coast (Gulf Coast).

Visas & Passports

Thailand is Visa-free for most nationalities. Holders of EU, UK, AUS or NZ passports get a stamp at Immigration in International airports that allows them to stay in the country for up to 30 days. All you need to do is fill out a form on arrival and walk through customs. Travel advice is available from the Australian Government at smartraveller.gov.au

Time

Thailand is three hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Currency

Thailand uses the Bhat (pronounced Bart) as currency. You can buy it before you arrive or exchange it at kiosks inside the airports and in the centre of cities and towns. Most ATMs will allow you to withdraw Thai Baht using an international account.

Tipping & Etiquette

Tipping is not customary; however a token of appreciation is always welcome. When visiting any religious site dress conservatively, avoid wearing short skirts or shorts above the knee and singlets or sleeveless blouses. Remember to remove your shoes before entering a temple. Thai culture is unique so take
some time to learn about the varying customs and requirements.

Language

Thai is the official language, however English is widely understood, particularly in major tourist areas.

Shopping

From the moment you reach Thailand, you’ll be astounded by the sheer variety of goods on offer. At local markets and shopping centres (excluding the well
known department stores) you’ll find the real bargains. Bargaining is accepted just about everywhere except in supermarkets, department stores and hotels.

Electricity

220V 50Hz. An adapter is required.

Contact our professional consultants for itineraries and up to date pricing.

When planning your next holiday come in-store (16 Gymea Bay Road Gymea, NSW, 2227), call (02) 9525 2211 or email us and let Southside World Travel create the best travel experience for you.

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