General

Practical Information About The Siam Kingdom

Telecommunication
Your countryto Thailand:Overseas Subscriber Call + 66 + area code (without the first 0) + number
Thailand to your country:001 + country code + area code + number
Thailand to Lao and Malaysia:007 + country code + area code + number
Different area in Thailand:Area code + number
The same area in Thailand:Dial the number
Overseas operator service100
Directory Assistance13(Bangkok), 138(Countryside)
Credit cards & money exchange
Major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. There are many ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) in major tourist attractions and almost every road so it easy for visitors to withdraw cash by credit cards. Cash and traveler cheques can be exchange freely, with banks, hotels or moneychangers.
Business Hours
Most commercial concerns in Bangkok operate on a five-day week. Government offices are generally open between 08.30 AM. and 04.30 PM. with a noon to 01.00 PM. Lunch break, Monday though Friday, except on public holiday. Private business maintain much the same hours, perhaps 08.00 AM. to 05.00 PM. with certain exceptions.
– Banksopen 09.00 AM. – 03.30 PM.
– Shopping Mallsopen 10.00 AM. – 10.00 PM.
– Government Officesopen 08.30 AM. – 04.30 PM.
Tipping
It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers and cinema ushers. It is customary to tip hotel personnel who have given good personal service. A 10% tip is appreciated in restaurants, particularly where service charge is waived.
Custom Notice
On Arrival– Visitors permitted to bring in duty-free 200 cigarettes and one liter of wine or liqueur. Strict restrictions apply against the import of weapons, narcotics, pornography etc. – Any amount of foreign exchange in traveler cheques or drafts may be imported, but crash in excess of US 10,000 must be declared on arrival.
On Departure
– It is not permitted to export more than 50,000 baht per person in crash. – Export of Antiques and Objects of art from Thailand
1.
Buddha images, or fragments that of are for bidden to be taken out of Thailand (With the exceptions only for worshipping by Buddhists; or cultural exchanges; or studying purposed. A license must be obtained from the Department of Fine Arts.)
2.
A license must be obtained from the Department of Fine Arts in order that such objects of antiquity or objects of art, irrespective of whether they are originals or reproductions, may be taken out of the country.
3.
Procedure for license application:
a) Photography the front view of objects and make two postcard sized prints (not more than 5 pieces in one photograph).
b) The passport of the applicant must be photocopied.
c) Objects together with photographs and applicant’s passport with photocopy must be taken to :
1)
The National Museum, Bangkok
2)The Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai
3)The Songhla National Museum, Songlkhla at least five to three days before the date of shipment of departure of the applicant in order to process the application and for inspection.
Weight & Measure
1 kilogram = 2.21 pounds
1.61 kilometers = 1 mile
2.5 rai = 1 acre
1 bath (Gold) = 15.2 grams
1 meter = 3.28 feet, 1.09 yards

 

Local Time

All of the parts of Thailand is the same GMT + 7 hours.

Seasons

Summer (March-May) 27’c-35’c (80’F-90’F).
Rainy with plenty of sunshine (June-September) 24’c-32’c (75’F-90’F)
Cool (October-February) 15’c-32’c (65’F-90’F).

Clothing

Light, loose cotton clothing is the best. Sweaters are needed during Cool Season evenings or if visiting to the north, mountain areas and remote national parks (November-February) Visitors should dress neatly when visiting to all religious shines and Royal Palaces.

Postal Services

To send letters or packages to any desired destinations is very convenient for visitors to Thailand. Post Office as well as most hotels offered good postal services.

Health

The Major tourist attractions in Thailand have good medical facilities and hospitals, with most of the first class hotels having doctor 24-hour call.
Food – Some temporary food shop on the footpath may be not clean enough for visitors, eating in restaurants is better.
Water – Visitors should not drink water from the tabs, except it has a sign of drinkable. Visitors should drink water from the bottles of drinking water.

Electricity

The electric system is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles). There are many plugs and sockets in use. Visitors with shavers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit.

Before Arri

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