Thailand Travel FAQ


Please see our FAQ list below to assist you in planning the best trip to Thailand

Thailand Travel


Activities           What are the best things to do in Thailand ?…………….

Flights                 Where should I book my return flight from Thailand ?…….

Visa                      What is the current Covid-19/Visa policy?

Children                What are the best travel tips for children in Thailand?

Lodging               What type of lodging should I book & stay in Thailand? 

Airports               What are the major international airports in Thailand?

Time                    What are the best months to visit Thailand?

Food                   What are some Thai foods to try?

Destinations         What are the top destinations/highlights in Thailand? 

Souvenirs            Are there any suggestions for Thailand souvenirs?

Laundry               Are laundry services available in hotels or in the town?

Clothes                What should I wear to visit Thailand’s Buddhist temples/pagodas?

Tips                     What are the standard tips for a tour guide & driver?

Pack                    What should I pack for my trip?

Passport              How long must my passport be valid for international travel?

Physical                What are the physical demands of the tour?

Tours                    What are some suggested itineraries for traveling in Thailand?

Southeast Asia      What are some suggested itineraries for Southeast Asia?

Where should I book my return flight from Thailand?
You can book directly from your country yourself or through a local travel agent. Always double-check the allowable luggage weight with your airline because being overweight at the airport usually comes at a high cost.
For example, the baggage allowance on Thai Airways:
The weight of each piece shall not exceed 32 kgs (70 lbs) and linear measurement (length + width + height) shall not exceed 158 cms (62 inches). Passengers traveling in economy class are given a free baggage allowance of two pieces.
Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) in Bangkok, Phuket International Airport (HKT) in Phuket, and Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai, are the four busiest international airports in Thailand, where the majority of international flights land and depart.

What type of lodging should I book and stay in Thailand?
With average temperatures in Thailand’s major regions ranging from 28-36 degrees C, you might want a hotel with a pool. If you book your room in advance online or with a travel agent, double-check everything that’s included in your room rates, such as breakfast, a daily service charge, and tax. Also, location is important. Staying in a hotel in the heart of tourist areas will allow you to explore the area’s highlights easier and not pay as much for transportation such as taxis, buses, and subways.

What are some Thai foods to try?
If you’re in Bangkok, stop in Terminal 21’s Food Court to see how they create huge pots of soup, and select from a huge variety of choices. Never miss a chance to visit Chinatown and taste some excellent sea bass, as well as local specialties like Yam, Yam Gun Sen, Som Tam, and Tom Yam. Chinatown is the best option for travelers who enjoy Chinese cuisine. Walking, using a tuk-tuk (local vehicle), or taking a taxi from any central Bangkok hotel to Chinatown is simple. In Chiang Mai, enjoying a coffee and some local food on the walking street or in the market is a must.

What are the best travel tips for children in Thailand?

                                                                           The best attractions and activities for children in Thailand
Bangkok

1. Safari World Bangkok
This is the most famous wild zoo in Bangkok, where you can explore a lively animal kingdom at Safari Park, enjoy 7 impeccable shows at Safari World, move under the sea at Marine World, discover the mystical woods with Jungle Walk, and take a boat along the Jungle Cruise River…
Distance: about 40km from Bangkok center

Location: 99 Panyaintra Road, Samwatawantok, Klongsamwa, Bangkok 10510
Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 16:30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 17 pm
Ticket cost: about $20 per child (ages 5 to 12) and $25 per adult (ages 13 and above).
There are many price options available here, so come and pay for the option that best suits you.

2. Dream World Bangkok “Disneyland of Thailand”
This is the most well-known theme park in Bangkok, complete with all the trimmings. There’s a corkscrew, bumping cars, a swinging Viking boat, and a rollercoaster, among other things.
Distance: also about 40km from Bangkok center

Location: Moo.1 Rangsit-Nakornnayok Rd, Km.7 Thanyaburi, Patumthani, Thailand
Open daily: from 10 am to 17 pm
Ticket cost: about $15 per child (ages 5 to 12) and $22 per adult (ages 13 and above)
There are many price options available here, so come and pay for the option that best suits you.

3. Children’s Discovery Museum
Popular attractions at the Children’s Discovery Museum include excavating dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-related activities, running around in the outdoor water play park, dressing up in costumes, building with thousands of Lego pieces, and trying a variety of hands-on science experiments.
Location: 810 Kamphaeng Phet 4 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thái Lan

Open daily (except Mondays): from 10 am to 16 pm

4. The Museum of Siam
The Museum of Siam is a great place to learn about Thailand’s history and culture.
Location: No. 4 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thái Lan

Open daily (except Mondays): from 10 am to 18 pm

5. Take a Long-tail Boat Ride
Take a long-tail boat ride through many canals to visit communities that still exist right in the heart of busy cities, such as Khlong Bang Luang Community (Bangkok Artists Village), Temple of the KING TAKSIN, King of Thonburi, tasting local snacks or desserts, and exploring Rod Krapong.

Phuket

1. Splash Jungle Water Park
Splash Jungle Water Park where features 335 meters of Lazy River, Wave Pool, Aqua Play Pool, Boomerango, Super Bowl, Kids Aquarium, Kids Slide Pool, Jungle Deli, Coconut Cafe, the Splash Bar, and areas such as Igloo Sauna and Hot Spring Pool…
Location: 65 179 Soi Mai Khao 4, Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

Open daily: from 10 am to 18 pm
Ticket cost: about $20 per child (ages 5 to 12) and $40 per adult (ages 13 and above)
There are many price options available here, so come and pay for the option that best suits you.

2. FantaSea Park Phuket
Visit Phuket Fantasea to see one of the largest and most exotic shows in the world, with hundreds of people, trapeze artists, elephants, tigers, and other exotic animals performing a fantasy story with a Thai twist.
Location: 99, Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand

Open daily: from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm (except Thursdays)
Ticket cost (including dinner): about $62 per child (ages 4 to 12) and $69 per adult

Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai Zoo and the Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai are both fun and interesting and informational for children.

Chiang Rai
Taking a visit to the Long Neck Karen tribal village in Chiang Rai is an educational and entertaining experience for all children.

The best tips when traveling with children in Thailand

1. Take an umbrella & suitable clothes with you.
Thailand has three seasons: hot, dry, and rainy (wet) season, with the temperature ranging from 28 to 36 degrees C. Since temperatures can vary from very hot to a sudden rainstorm, bring an umbrella and layer your clothing, ready for any weather changes.

2. Keep water handy
During Thailand’s hot and dry seasons range from March to May and from November to February, your car should have air conditioning. Bottled water is also useful to have on excursions because you will be walking a lot and there aren’t many places to buy water near the sites, temples, and pagodas.

3. A stroller and some familiar items are helpful for travel with children
Bring their favorite snacks and toys. Also, remember to pack some medical supplies like medicine and bandages. A stroller is highly useful to transport children and other items, like drinks or packages. 

4. Limit transfers as much as possible
If you’re traveling with children, try not to do too much in one day.

5. Combine entertainment complexes into your itinerary
At entertainment venues such as parks, zoos, and game complexes, children can play on their own … Plan to take your children to these incredible locations so they can share these memorable adventures with you.

Are there any suggestions for Thailand souvenirs?
Shopping in Bangkok is an experience that you should not miss. Shopping centers in Bangkok include Siam Paragon, where you can buy luxury items at discounted sale rates, MBK Center, Big C, or Pratunam Platinum, where you can buy items of good quality at reasonable prices. You might also shop at Bangkok’s night markets, which stay open very late. Pantip Plaza, which has a lot of electrical items, King Power, which sells duty-free items to tourists, Amarin Tower, and Patpong Night Market are all fun to browse. Almost all tourists love to buy at least some mementos from the locations they visit while on vacation. However, before you go shopping, make sure you have enough room in your luggage as well as the permissible weight allowance.

What are the standard tips for a tour guide & driver in Thailand?
Regardless of the tip, a tour guide generally gives it his or her all. Because almost all tour guides are sensitive to the subject, tipping is rarely suggested and not required, but very much appreciated for doing a good job. As a result, visitors should consider tipping each of their tour guides and drivers $5 to $20 or more per person each day.

Are laundry services available in hotels or in the town?
It is becoming more common for hotels to offer laundry service because more tourists are learning to pack light, but if they don’t, they can usually direct you to a reasonably-priced laundry service nearby. 

What are the physical demands of the tour?
Regardless of your age, our tours are moderately active. Always wear comfortable walking shoes. 

What should I pack for my trip?

1. Personal items
Thailand is not cold even in the rainy season, as temperatures range from 28 to 36 degrees Celsius. Bring lightweight clothing as well as shirts with sleeves, a lightweight sweater or jacket, and long pants or skirts, in order to be able to enter Thailand temples or pagodas, per their restrictions at historical landmarks.

2. Update the current state of Covid-19, as well as politics & security
To avoid unexpected problems with Covid-19, check the most up-to-date information prior to travel. Often your airline will inform you of vaccination documents to upload in order to be travel-ready and whether you will need to bring a test kit before or after travel. 

3. Learn some basic daily habits & local customs before you arrive
To ensure that you adhere to the customs of the country you are visiting, your tour guide will review some basic daily habits and local customs. Simple greetings of hello are welcomed, as well as a thank you or goodbye. When you speak with the locals directly, they will appreciate it.

4. Bring any necessary medicine
Bring your own prescriptions in their regular containers, as well as sunscreen or insect repellent, depending on your location. Medicine is available in Myanmar but it’s convenient if you come prepared.
(Always remember to pack LIGHT – one carry-on and one purse/backpack only, whether it is a 1-week or 4-week trip.)  

How long must my passport be valid for international travel?
A passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of a journey in most countries. If your passport expires sooner, you will need to apply for a renewal before you leave. 

What should I wear to Buddhist temples and pagodas in Thailand?
Thailand is a Buddhist country, so avoid wearing short skirts and pants when visiting temples and pagodas. Otherwise, you can be denied entry. 

What are Thailand’s major international airports?

Thailand’s two major international airports are:    Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok (BKK)
                                                                                                   •  Don Muang International Airport in Don Muang (DMK)

These flight times are to/from Bangkok:   1hr flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
                                                                                    1hr flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia
                                                                                    1hr 5min flight to Yangon, Myanmar
                                                                                    1hr 5min flight to Luang Prabang, Laos
                                                                                    2hrs 25min flight to Singapore

What are the best months to visit Thailand?
•  Thailand has 3 seasons:
The hot season lasts from March to mid-May, with temperatures ranging from 30 to 36 degrees C.
The rainy (wet) season lasts from mid-May to October, with temperatures of 28-35 degrees C.
The dry season lasts from November to February, with temperatures ranging from 28 to 32 degrees C.
•  The best time to visit Thailand is from November to early April when temperatures range from 28 degrees to 32 degrees C and the weather is cool and dry.
•  Divers & snorkelers should visit Thailand’s southwest coast during the dry season, which runs from November to February.
•  However, the weather in Thailand varies throughout the country, making it possible for visitors to explore “Golden Temple Country” all year.

Thailand weather

Thailand weather

What are the current Covid-19 and Visa policies in Thailand?

                                                                                          The current Covid-19 uppdates in Thailand
Traveling to Thailand from 1 October 2022 onwards: Passengers will no longer be required to present COVID-19-related documents such as the certificate of vaccination and COVID-19 test result upon arrival in Thailand.
Above are Thailand’s latest entry requirements from 1st October 2022, it may change, so please check prior to travel. 

                                                                                           Visa policy in Thailand
To begin, travelers’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand.

Thailand Visa Exemption
With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Thailand without a visa up to:
 90-day visa exemption for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, Peru
 30-day visa exemption for Germany, Brunei, Andorra, Canada, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Liechtenstein, France, Ireland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain. Sweden, Switzerland., Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.
•  14-day visa exemption for Cambodia, Myanmar
If you want to extend your stay beyond the period that’s allowed you may be able to apply for an extension at the Thai Immigration Bureau office in Bangkok for a fee of 1,900 Thai Baht.
You will be fined if you overstay without a formal extension.
Overstay fees begin at 500 Thai Baht per day and can reach 20,000 Thai Baht per day if you stay for more than 40 days.

The countries are eligible to get a Thailand Visa on arrival
Bulgaria, Bhutan, People’s Republic of China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu

Apply for a Thailand Visa online (E-Visa)
For the time being, only citizens of a few countries can apply for Thai visas online: China, the United Kingdom, and France

Click here to apply online for your tourist E-Visa to Thailand, valid for 16 Days

Obtain a Thailand Visa
If you are not exempt from a Thailand Visa and are not eligible for a Visa On Arrival or a Thailand Visa Online. You must apply for a Thai visa at a Thai diplomatic mission office (Embassies or Consulates) in your country.

You must do the following:
 Make an appointment with the Thailand Embassy or Consulate in your country, or the one closest to you, to learn about any specific visa application requirements
 Collect the required documents for a Thai Visa
 Submit the documents and pay the fee
 Depending on which Embassy/Consulate you apply to, you can submit the application

In-person
 Through the post, in which case you have to enclose a pre-paid and self-addressed envelope
 Wait for the application to be processed
 Collect the passport and visa.
 If you applied by mail, they will be mailed back to you.
 If your Thailand Tourist Visa is approved, you have to enter the country within the time stated on your visa.

A Thailand airport transit Visa
Foreigners transiting in a Thai airport do not need to have a Thailand airport transit visa if
 Their connecting flight is in less than 12 hours
 Their flight is booked on the same ticket
 They do not leave the international airport transit area
 Have the necessary documents for the final destination

What are the top destinations in Thailand?

Thailand Top Destinations

Chiang Rai: Known for mountains, untouched landscapes, and a variety of indigenous ethnic hill tribes such as the  Karen, H’Mong…

Pai: “Thai island in the mountains”, the pretty unique waterfalls, hot springs, local street food market… must-see Pai.

Chiang Mai: ” Northern Rose of Thailand”, with the Old City, the green countryside, rainforests, and the ethnic villages.

Sukhothai: UNESCO-listed site for its ancient trees and greenery.

Ayutthaya: UNESCO-listed Site, World-famous Historical Park.

Bangkok: The capital of Thailand, the shopping capital of Southeast Asia, the culinary center…, everything seems available.

Koh Samui:  best beaches, fresh seafood, crystalline, coconut palms

Pattaya: A long coastline with turquoise clear water and long white sandy beaches along the beautiful lush coconut trees soaring.

Koh Chang: Home to some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfalls. It is about 300 kilometers from Bangkok to here.

Phuket: The largest island in Thailand with beautiful beaches, bays

What are the best things to do in Thailand?

1. Visit Terminal 21’s food court – Watch them cook huge pots of soup!
    See a replica of San Francisco’s Golden Bride!

Terminal 21's Food Court

Terminal 21’s Food Court

2. Visiting China Town and trying some sea bass

Visiting China Town and Eating Great Sea Bass

Visiting China Town and Eating Great Sea Bass

3. Relax on a Chao Phraya River Cruise on the Grand Pearl 

Chao Phraya River Cruise on the Grand Pearl 

Chao Phraya River Cruise on the Grand Pearl

4. Be surprised as you see the amazing Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha 

The Reclining Buddha

5. Do not miss the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

6. Relax on the overnight train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai 

Train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

The train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

7. Delight in the dragon staircase! Interact with the children who dress in costumes all-day

Dragon Staircase at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Dragon Staircase at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

8. The monk chat is very eye-opening – It is very informative talking to a real monk!
Don’t let the wax months in Wat Chedi Luang food you!         

Monk Chat in Thailand

Monk Chat in Thailand

9. The Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai is a lot of fun and informative

The Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai 

The Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai

10. At the Chiang Mai walking street, the markets are fun, with inexpensive food!
      And, the Chiang Mai markets are definitely worth exploring

Chiang Mai Walking Street with various Food

Chiang Mai Walking Street with various Food

11. Watching monks walk around chanting is a treat 

Monks chanting

Monks chanting

12. The White Temple in Chiang Rai and Mae Fah Luang Garden are definitely worth a visit

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

13. The Long Neck Karen Tribal Village is an eye-opening experience to not miss

The Long Neck Karen Tribal Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Long Neck Karen Tribal Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Also:


 Vietnam Travel FAQ


 Cambodia Travel FAQ


 Laos Travel FAQ


 Myanmar Travel FAQ   


 Southeast Asia Travel FAQ