Thailand Travel FAQ

Please see our FAQ below to help plan your trip to Thailand & Southeast Asia.

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


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


 Do I need a Visa to travel to Thailand & What is the Covid-19 policy here ?


▸  Any suggested activities for Children in Thailand? 


▸  What Foods Should I Try in Thailand?


▸  What are my Options for Lodging in Thailand? 


▸  What are Thailand’s Major International Airports?


▸  What are The Best Months to Visit Thailand ?


▸  What are The Current Covid-19 Travel Updates in Thailand ?


▸  Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Thailand ?


▸  What are The Top Destinations in Thailand ?


▸  What are Souvenirs to Bring Back from Thailand & Where Could I Find Them ?


▸  Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There Be a Laundry Service Nearby ?


▸  What Should I Wear when Visiting Buddhist Temples/ Pagodas in Thailand ?


▸  What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Thailand ?


▸  What Should my Packing List include for a Trip to Thailand ?


▸  How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel ?


▸  What are The Physical Demands of The Tour in Thailand ?


▸  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling in Thailand ?


▸  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling Throughout Southeast Asia ?


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What Are The Best Things to Do in Thailand? 

1. MUST visit TERMINAL 21’s FOOD COURT 

Watching them COOK Huge pots of SOUP

Seeing a REPLICA of SAN FRANCISCO’S GOLDEN BRIDGE

Terminal 21's Food Court

Terminal 21’s Food Court

2. Visiting CHINA TOWN & Eating Great SEA BASS here

Visiting China Town and Eating Great Sea Bass

Visiting China Town and Eating Great Sea Bass

3. ENJOY & Relax on the 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. You MUST be very SURPRISE for the FIRST Time to See THE RECLINING BUDDHA 

The Reclining Buddha 

The Reclining Buddha

5.  An impressive GRAND PALACE is a MUST-SEE

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

6. Enjoy 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. The Awesome DRAGON Staircase at WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP

Here The Children DRESS UP and PARADE All Day 

Dragon Staircase at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Dragon Staircase at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

8. The INFORMATIVE MONK CHAT 

It is really DELIGHTFUL TALKING to a REAL Monk!

Including the WAX Monks in WAT CHEDI LUANG!

All above Should have DIRECT EXPERIENCE

Monk Chat in Thailand

Monk Chat in Thailand

9. NEVER Miss The ASIA SCENIC THAI COOKING SCHOOL in Chiang Mai 

The Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai 

The Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai

10. Lovely CHIANG MAI

WALKING STREET  the MARKETS are FUN and the FOOD is INEXPENSIVE 

GREAT, well this location is 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 & MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

Definitely Worth A Visit

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

The White Temple in Chiang Rai

13. The LONG NECK KAREN TRIBAL VILLAGE is the BEST PLACE to VISIT in Thailand

The Long Neck Karen Tribal Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Long Neck Karen Tribal Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Where Should my Flights Begin & End for my Thailand Trip?

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.

Where Should I Book My Return Flight to Thailand?

You can book directly from your nation to avoid the situation where the airline charges you for a contrary ticket issue fee, or you can ask for the return ticket to be booked through local travel agents.

Also, please double-check the weight of your return international flight when you or your travel agency purchases it so that you can plan and pack enough luggage according to the restriction. This is important since being overweight at the airport usually results in a high cost.

What are my Options for Lodging in Thailand? 

With average temperatures in Thailand’s major regions ranging from 28 to 36 degrees Celcius, you should book a hotel with a pool for your stay. If you book your room in advance online or have a travel agent book for you, double-check everything that’s included in your room rate, at the very least your breakfast, service charge, and tax, because some internet booking websites don’t make this clear.

Also, staying in a hotel in the heart of tourist areas will allow you to walk and explore the area’s highlights at your leisure, and you won’t have to pay as much for a taxi or a bus to reach the surrounding central attractions.

What Foods Should I Try in the Cities in Thailand?

If you’re in Bangkok, stop in Terminal 21’s Food Court to see how they create Huge Pots of Soup and see a replica of San Francisco’s Golden Bridge.

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.

At Chiang Mai, enjoying a coffee and some local food on the walking street or in the market is a must.

What are Any Suggestions for Traveling with Children in Thailand?

Bring an umbrella and some pills 

Thailand has three seasons: hot, dry, and rainy (wet) season. It is not only very hot in the summer, but the sudden change in weather from rain to sunshine and back again within a day can make children feel uneasy or ill, so bring an umbrella and some medicines for your child to avoid bad cases that cause them to avoid changing the weather even within a day here.

Get some water handly

During Thailand’s hot and dry season, the cars you take on vacation must have air conditioning and drinking water. Bring some water with you on your excursions because you will be walking a lot to see many of Thailand’s tourist attractions, and there aren’t many places to buy water bottles within the sites, temples, and pagodas you visit.

A trolley and some daily preferences are necessary if you travel with a young kid

To avoid any difficulties obtaining the same things at your current location, always ensure that your children have some of their daily favorites, like snacks, candy, toys, and so on. Remember to pack some medical supplies, such as medicine and bandages, in case they fall or become hurt…..

A trolley is highly useful if your children are too tiny to carry in your arms when trekking or walking excursions around the areas.

Limit transfers as much as possible

If you’re traveling with kids, try to keep your transfers to a minimum. 

Combine entertainment complexes into your itinerary

At entertainment complexes such as parks, zoos, and game complexes, children can play and enjoy themselves… Plan to take your children to these incredible locations so that they can share memorable and pleasurable adventures with you, the adults.

What are Souvenirs to Bring Back From Thailand & Where Could I Find Them?

Shopping in Bangkok is an experience that you should never miss, the main shopping centers for you 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 good quality and reasonable items.

You might also shop at Bangkok’s night markets, which are open until extremely 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.

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 for your shopping as well as the permissible weight of your airline tickets.

What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Thailand?

Regardless of the reward, a tour guide will always give it his or her all. Because almost all tour guides are sensitive to the subject, tipping is rarely suggested or required. As a result, visitors should think about their abilities and attitude when providing each of their tour guides and drivers $5 to $20 or more per person each day.

Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There be a Laundry Service Nearby? 

Most hotels do not allow guests to wash their clothes in their rooms so if you did not bring enough clothes, you should either clean them at your hotel or, if your hotel is in the city center, you can easily find some places that offer this service at very low prices. If you’re going on a short trip or prefer to save money by washing your clothes, bring only what you need.

What are The Physical Demands of the Tour in Thailand?

 Regardless of your age, our tours are moderately active.

What Should my Packing List include for a Week or More in Thailand?

Personal Items

Thailand is not cold even in the rainy season, temperatures range from 28 to 36 degrees Celsius, so bring light clothing on your trip here as well as wear long enough clothing to enter Thailand temples or pagodas, as per their restrictions at historical landmarks, particularly the Royal Palace in Bangkok.

Update The Current State of Covid-19, as well as Politics & Security

Thailand has been safe for you to visit thus far, however, to avoid unexpected problems with The Current Covid-19 situation, politics, and security of the places you intend to visit, you should check some of the most up-to-date information about each of your destinations before your arrival date at here, so you can better prepare everything and be ready to welcome the most unusual events of the place where you visit. 

Learn Some Basic Daily Habits & Local Customs Before You Arrive

To ensure that you do not act inappropriately with the most basic items, you should learn or ask your tour guide about some basic daily habits and local customs about the specific location that you will visit. To make things easier for yourself in this situation, learn basic things like the locals’ simple greeting language, such as thank you, goodbye, and so on. When you speak with the locals directly, they will feel friendlier and less strangulated as a result.

Bring Some Allergy Pills

Bring some allergy pills if you or any member of your family is allergic to food or anything else, or if you are allergic to rapidly changing weather or being exposed to too much sun in any country…., and don’t forget to bring insect bites toxin protection medicines… Although many good types of medicines are available in Thailand’s regions, it is still the quickest and most convenient if you can bring some of these medicines with you to avoid an emergency situation on your way. 

(Always remember to pack LIGHT – one carry-on and one purse/backpack only, whether it is a 1-week or 4 weeks 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.

What Should I Wear When Visiting Buddhist Temples/ Pagodas in Thailand?

Thailand is a Buddhist country, so avoid wearing short shirts and pants when visiting temples and pagodas, particularly in Royal Place, where Thailand’s King lives, to avoid being denied entry. 

What are Thailand’s Major Regions & 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 Travel to Thailand?

   Thailand has three seasons:  –  The hot season lasts from March to mid-May

                                                –  The rainy (wet) season lasts from mid-May to October

                                                –  The dry season lasts from November to February

•   The Best Time to visit Thailand is from November to early April, when the weather is cool and dry, with temperatures ranging from 28 degrees to 36 degrees.

•   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 Travel Updates in Thailand?

Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow:

TEST & GET into THAILAND

Entry points

•   By air (direct international flight or transit domestically via dedicated flights.)
•   On the ground (at the border checkpoints in Nong Khai, Udon Thani, and Songkhla.)
•   Using water (yachts.)
Who is permitted to enter Thailand?
•   Fully vaccinated Thai citizens and foreign visitors from all countries/territories for air and sea arrivals.
•   For land arrivals, fully vaccinated Thai citizens and foreign visitors from neighboring countries connecting with the reopened border checkpoints are welcome (Nong Khai, Udon Thani, and Songkhla).

Pre-Arrival

1.   A Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/) for air and land arrivals, or a Certificate of Entry (via a Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General) for sea arrivals.
2.   An insurance policy with a minimum of US$20,000 in coverage. This requirement does not apply to Thais or foreign expatriates who are covered by Thailand’s national healthcare system.
3.   Proof of prepayment for one night’s accommodation at a government-approved hotel/s, such as SHA Extra Plus (SHA++), on Day 1, which should also include the costs of one RT-PCR test on Day 1 and one Antigen Self-Test Kit (self-ATK) on Day 5.
4.   A COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery Certificate

Arrival

1.   All travelers must go through entry screening, which includes a body temperature check and presenting the necessary documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer.
2.   Go to the pre-arranged lodging or medical facility for the Day 1 RT-PCR test.

During Stay

1.   Travellers are advised to strictly adhere to the standard, good personal hygiene practices such as wearing a mask in public, maintaining hand hygiene (washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer), and maintaining a physical distance of at least one meter from others.

2.   All travelers must download and install the MorChana application and keep it turned on at all times for the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to record the self-ATK result on Day 5.

Domestic / International Departure Procedures

•   For domestic departure, travelers must show proof that their Day 1 RT-PCR test result was negative.
•   For international departures, it is the responsibility of the travelers or their organizations to ensure that they meet the requirements of their specific international destination, regardless of the point of departure.

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https://www.tatnews.org/2022/02/thailand-reopening-exemption-from-quarantine-test-go/

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What are The Top Destinations in Thailand?

Top Destinations in Thailand

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

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

Chiang Mai or ” Northern Rose of Thailand” is home to the Old City, the green countryside, rainforests, and the ethnic minority villages.

Sukhothai UNESCO-listed site for its ancient trees, greenery, and lotus ponds.

Ayutthaya – a UNESCO-listed Site, World-famous Historical Park.

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

Koh Samui included all the best of a beach retreat with white sand beaches, fresh seafood and crystalline, coconut palms, and azure water.

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

Koh Changhome to some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfalls in Thailand. It is about 300 kilometers from Bangkok to here.

Phuket The largest island in Thailand including plenty of beautiful beaches and bays along with cultural and historical attractions.

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Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Thailand?

Below are all of the most updated information and guides to assist you in checking if you need a Visa to visit Thailand. If so, How to obtain it.

TRAVEL VISA TO 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, 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 in, 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

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