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Thailand Travel Guide

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Thailand, otherwise known as the Land of Smiles, is a tourist-friendly destination that you can’t get enough of once you visit. Being the 12th largest country in Asia, Thailand has six regions boasting mesmerising attractions and activities, from scenic mountains to famous beaches and of course, not forgetting Thailand’s vibrant night markets. Visit Thailand during the annual Songkran Festival, a national holiday for Thais, and immerse in their festive spirit by participating in traditional water rituals or street parties!

Local Custom & Slang

Sawadee-ka (for females), Sawadee-krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Hello!

Khop kun ka (for females), Khop kun krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Thank you!

Mai Phet

  • Meaning: No spicy

  • Example: Let the food vendor know that you can’t handle spicy food well by saying “Mai Phet”.

Recital of the Thai National Anthem

  • Don’t be surprised to hear the Thai National Anthem being played in public, on radio and television twice a day, at 8:00am and 6:00pm. When you do hear it, kindly stand to show respect to the Thais and their country.

Symmetrical Flag

  • In case you didn't notice, Thailand's flag has a symmetrical design, which means that there's no telling whether the flag is being flown the right side up or not!

Only some men serve the army, but every man must become a monk at some point in their lives

  • In Thailand, conscription is compulsory for all men between the ages of 21 and 30 years old, but their enlistment is determined by a recruitment ballot. However, what is unique about Thailand is that every man must become a monk before the age of 20.

Trip Essentials

  • Weather
  • Currency
  • Visa
  • Electricity
  • Thailand has a tropical monsoon climate with temperatures ranging between 12°C and 40°C, depending on the region.

  • There are three seasons in Thailand; summer which starts from March to June, rainy season from July to October and cool season from November to February.

Transportation

By Train

  • The State Railway of Thailand connects 4 regions across Thailand, namely Northern Line, Southern Line, Northeastern Line and the Eastern Line.

  • To purchase train tickets, you can make an advanced booking online or in person at the railway station. Advanced bookings are especially important for long-distance trains such as between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

  • For more information, visit the State Railway of Thailand website.

By Taxi

  • Taxis in Thailand are in many different colours, such as pink, orange and yellow, making it easy to spot one. Flag a taxi when you see a glowing red sign, which means the taxi is vacant. However, in regions outside of Bangkok, it may be harder to find taxis.

  • Starting metre fares in Bangkok are between 35 baht to 90 baht, depending on which part of Bangkok you are in.

  • Local Operator: All Thai Taxi

  • Other Operators: Grab

By Bus

  • There are two types of bus operators in Thailand: public and private. The public bus operator is known as Baw Khaw Saw (BKS), while well-known private bus operators are Ezpress Bus Thailand, VIP Bus Thailand and Green Bus Thailand.

  • For more information, visit the Thailand Incentive and Convention Association website.

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