Thailand

On the map, Thailand is roughly the shape of an elephant’s head, with a long trunk stretching down towards Malaysia. Which is appropriate enough, given how many of these large, peaceful creatures you’re likely to see there. Time spent in Thailand is a feast for the senses, with much to delight your eyes, nose and taste buds. And that’s before we get on to your soul: Thailand is famed for its many wellness retreats, and the expert massage therapists will soon soothe away any aches and pains from the flight, or those need-a-vacation knots you’ve brought with you. Your favourite Thai restaurant back home will seem a pale imitation of the cheap, cheerful and fresh street food that’s available almost everywhere. Aromas of lemongrass, coconut and chili fill the air – you won’t ever have to look far for a tasty snack. It will almost certainly be served with a side of a wide and genuine smile.Thailand’s scenery is as varied as it is iconic: paddy fields and waving palm trees, long crescents of golden sand and bays filled with islands. Then are the Buddhas, in every shape and pose – standing, in the lotus position or reclining – that are a reminder that this is a peace-loving country.The opportunities for island-hopping are unparalleled, and on each one that you visit you’ll get to take part in Thai beach culture, whether it be a sunset soccer game on the sand or – for the young at heart – an all-night full moon party.Thailand’s scenery includes pristine forests and gardens filled with orchids, as well as lakes turned pink by thousands of blooming water lilies. There is wildlife here too, from slow-moving whale sharks in the warm clear waters to long-armed, loquacious gibbons swinging through the trees.If you opt for an elephant interaction experience, we’d recommend that you choose carefully, and only participate where you can be certain that the animals’ welfare is the top priority. Otherwise kick back, relax and soak up the sensory overload that is Thailand. You won’t be surprised to learn that when the producers of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie ‘The Beach’ were scouting paradise locations, they chose Thailand.

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Electricity

Electricity in Thailand is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Thailand with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 50…

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Banking

CurrencyBaht (THB; symbol ฿) = 100 satang. Notes are in denominations of ฿1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of ฿10, 5, 2…

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Cuisine

Use only bottled or boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice. Unpasteurised milk should also be boiled, although pasteurised or homogenised…

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Climate

The weather in Thailand is generally very hot and humid, particularly between March and May. The monsoon season runs from June to October, when the climate…

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Transport

Thai Airways International (TG) (www.thaiairways.com) runs services to all major towns, a total of 12 domestic destinations including Phuket and Chiang…

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Dress

Lightweight cotton or linen clothing and lightweight rainwear are advised year round. A bathing suit, sunscreen, sunhat and beach wear are essential. A…

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations, and that the medication has enough…

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Safety

Thailand is safe in general. We recommend normal precautions be taken as you would for any city in the world. Be aware of your surroundings and stay in…

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Visa

Make copies of all your important documents such as passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc. Keep copies with you and back at home. If anything…

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General

LanguageThai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists.National Emergency NumbersThe Thai…

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