Quick Tips About Thailand: Common Sense That Isn’t Always Common Sense If You’ve Never Been Told

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Vaccinations Needed For Thailand

Unless you’re planning on doing some jungle trekking, in which case you should get a malaria vaccination, there’s no need to get vaccinations to visit Thailand.

Medical Problems

Should you have any medical problems while in Thailand, you’ll find most Thai cities and towns have one or more hospitals with western-standard medical care and highly-trained staff. Bangkok has several world-class hospitals with one of south east Asia’s best hospitals, Bumrungrad Hospital, a popular choice more medical tourists from all over the world.

Thai Currency

The Thai currency is the baht, which is currently trading around 32 baht to the US dollar. For up to date exchange rates xe.com updates in real time.

Getting To Thailand

Of course, flying is the way most people get to Thailand. With airlines from all over the world running daily flights into Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, as well as into Chiang Mai, Phuket and Koh Samui airports, it’s easy to get a flight. But, some airlines are better than others so make sure you read our airline reviews before you book that flight.

Traveling Within Thailand

Traveling within Thailand is as easy as getting on a bus, boat, train or plane, in a taxi or tuk-tuk, or on a motorcyle taxi. Even elephants and rafts are available, if you want them.

Buses, planes and trains leave from Bangkok and go all over the country – even to some of the most out of the way places. The sky train (BTS) and underground (MRT) are easy ways to travel around Bangkok, and taxis, tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis are everywhere.

Dos and Don’ts in Thailand

Thailand culture is completely different than any western culture. It’s also different than any other Asian culture. So, when tourists come to Thailand, it can be easy to do something without meaning to that Thais classify as ‘offensive’.  Make sure you’re prepared for your trip to Thailand by reading our ‘Common Dos and Don’ts on a Trip to Thailand, So You Don’t Offend’.

VAT Refund

For visitors to Thailand with a 30-day arrival stamp or a 60-day tourist visa, don’t forget you’re entitled to a refund of any VAT you pay while shopping in Thailand.

You must get a completed form from the shop at the time you pay and present this, along with all receipts, at the airport when you depart Thailand. The 7% VAT will be refunded to you then