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Thailand General Facts
Thailand is one of Southeast Asia's most popular tourist destinations. Travelers can expect almost everything at Thailand Hotels in this tropical country; thick jungle, crystal clear beaches and delicious Thai food can all be found in Thailand. The country offers an exciting, yet safe and cheap holiday travel experience with loads of activities and entertainment to enjoy. The country is also home to some of the world's finest Thailand hotels and accommodations. From budget backpacker bungalows to luxury Thailand hotels and resorts, there is always something for every taste and budget. Despite a huge flow of tourism, Thailand is still a country worth a visit, with a mix of Thailand culture and a rich history that will surely entice every visitor.
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Most international visitors arrive at Thailand's brand-new Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. International airlines to/from Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Koh Samui and Phuket are also on offer. Visitors arriving by air must carry a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity. There are two main visas available for travelers. The first one is a visa free stay of 15 days, and the second is a tourist visa valid for 60 days. Both types of visas can be extended. Please check out Thaivisa.com or consult your embassy for further information. Find attractive bargains for all Thailand hotels with Wired Destinations.
Thailand is approximately 514,000 km2 (198,000 mi2). The country is almost the size of France, and is said to resemble a golden axe. The capital city, Bangkok, is sited in the center. Bordered by Malaysia to the south, Burma to the west and northwest, Laos to the northeast and Cambodia to the east. See the Thailand Map. Mountains and hills are marked in the northern region. Doi Inthanon, the country's tallest peak, is also located here. The north is the country's principal rice-growing area and is one of the best places to visit for nature lovers. The southern peninsula down to the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand covers a total of 3,219 km of coastline. Some of the world's most famous beach resort towns and diving sites are found here, including Phuket, Koh Samui and Phi Phi Islands.
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Thailand Telephone - Country and City Code
UTC or GMT (+ 7 hours) Thailand is 7 hours ahead of London, 6 hours ahead of Berlin, 12 hours ahead of New York and 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Daylight saving time will add 1 hour to the above.
Thailand Business Hours
Business hours are from 08:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday. Some businesses may open on Saturdays at around 09:00 to 12:00. Government and administrative offices open from 08:30 to 14:30, Monday to Friday. Thailand Bank hours are from 09:30 to 15:30.
Thailand's climate can be described as tropical, therefore it is hot and humid all year round, with average temperature around 28-35°C. There are three seasons in Thailand: hot, rainy and cool.
Hot season starts from March to June, with temperature as high as 40°C. This is the best time of year to visit the beach and relax or enjoy some water sport activities. Book with Wired Destinations. Rainy Season is from early July to Mid October. Tropical monsoons hit most of the country in September and with chances of downpours. Cool Season is during November to late February. There is not much rain and the temperature is at its lowest. There is not much difference in the South, but prepare a sweater if you are hiking in the northern mountains. Temperature can fall as low as 4°C. Visiting Thailand during this time is most popular, especially around December.
Thailand Dress Code
Due to the hot weather and high humidity level in Thailand all year round, casual clothes from natural fibers, like cotton, are recommended. However, in temples or government offices, travelers are required to dress properly. Expect trousers or at least knee length shorts or skirts and T-shirts with sleeves and proper shoes. No sleeveless blouse or flip flops are allowed in these areas. In some temples tourists can borrow appropriate attire before entering. Ask the concierge at your Thailand Hotel for details.
Up-to-date technology and international satellite links provide Thailand with a sophisticated communications system. International Direct Dial (IDD) facilities are available at major Thailand hotels and resorts. Internet cafes are everywhere. Card phones can be found in most airports, public buildings, and large shopping centers. Cards are widely available and can be purchased in several denominations. Coin operated phones are available but harder to find.
The electricity in Thailand is 220 volts. If you are from a 110-volt country, it is recommended to purchase 220 volt appliances.
Thai is the official language and is spoken everywhere. English is commonly used in most Thailand Hotels and urban areas when addressing a foreigner. A Thai phrase book can be very useful to those getting off the beaten track.
Thailand Health Facilities
World-class health facilities are to be found in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai as well as a number of other major centers. Efficient and hygienic hospitals and clinics are located in most populated areas. Dental clinics are numerous, provide excellent services and, like health care clinics, are open into the early evening hours. There are excellent drugstores throughout the country stocked with many brand-name medications and toiletries.