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Over View:
Amazing Thailand is the Tourist Authority of Thailand's marketing slogan and it is easy to understand why!

Thailand has a strong cultural tradition but has a cross section of different religions and ethnic backgrounds.

It provides everything a traveler could want from beautiful beaches in the South, dense tropical jungle in the North, amazing scenery on the west coast, urban lifestyle in the central region, mountainous terrain in the far North and amazing marine life in the south west and south east.


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Activities include Jungle Treking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Water sports, Cooking Schools, Meditation and Massage so really Thailand has everything for everyone!

Activities across all of Thailand can be booked online here at!

We hope you enjoy our website and the insight it gives you to Amazing Thailand!
About Thailand
Population: 62 Million
Currency: Thai Baht THB
Languages: Thai
International Dialling Code: 0066
Time Zone: GMT +7 (or GMT +6 when clocks go back)
Weather: 28 to 36 degrees
Public Holidays
Jan 1st: New Years Day
April 6th: Chakri day
May 5th: Coronation Day
July (date changes): Start Buddhist Lent
Aug 12th: Queens Birthday
Oct 23rd: Chulalongkorn Day
Oct/Nov (date changes): End Buddhist lent
Dec 5th: Kings Birthday
Dec 10th: Constitution Day
Events & Fastivals
Every calendar month:
Full Moon Party, Half Moon Party and Black Moon Party Koh Phangan.
Jan to Feb:
Chinese New Year
- A family gathering for those Thai's of Chinese origin
Feb to March:
Makha Bucha
- Celebration of Buddha, public holiday & Temple celebrations
April 12 to 14th:
- This insane water festival across Thailand but best in Bangkok & Chiang Mai
Royal Plouging Ceremony
- Celebration of the start of the rice planting season
May to June:
Rocket Festival
- Rain festival celebrated in north east with bamboo sky rockets
May to June:
Visakha Bucha
- Celebration of Buddha's birthday & Temple celebrations
Bun Phra Wet
- Buddhist holy day and Holy spirits festival of costumes
Asalha Bucha
- Celebration of Buddha's first sermon with candles offered in temples
August 12th:
HM The Queen's Birthday
- Public holiday and Mothers day
Sept to Oct:
Vegetarian Festival
- 9 days away from meat for Buddhist body purification
Oct to Nov:
Ork Phansaa
- End of Buddhist lent
Elephant Festival
- Third weekend is elephant festival in Surin
Nov to Dec:
Loi Krathong
- Waterway festival with banana leaf boats offering candles and gifts
Dec 5th:
HM the King's Birthday
-Public holiday with merits and parades
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Check our regional information sections.
What to Bring
Light clothes, warm pullover, thin waterproof, small umbrella, suntan lotion, mosquito spray, hat, sunglasses, towel, flashlight, earplugs, small first aid kit, sewing kit, hidden money belt, waterproof bags, alarm clock, international outlet adapter, wet tissues, swimsuit, lightweight towel, eye mask, comfortable walking shoes, outdoor sandals, small rucksack, camera, memory cards and spare batteries.
Most basic travelers budget on 1500Bhat to 1800Baht per day which will cover room costs at around 600 - 800baht per night, three meals at 300- 400Baht per day and 300-500Baht a day for drinks/alcohol. If you are looking to do tours or stay in more up market accommodation then you need to budget more.
Tipping is not customary in Thailand, but as incomes are often very low if you are happy with the service you are given then for a restaurant 20Baht is acceptable or if service is exceptional or you have some private guide then 100Baht per day is a good tip.

Many higher standard or westernised restaurents add the standard 10% to your bill so check before additional tipping.
Know Before you go!
Our best advice is to check your own countries Embassy website for Thailand as they will normally give advice on country, travel, health etc.
Don't forget!
Passport, visas, travel insurance documents, flight & travel tickets.

Always take a copy of passport and visa, copy flight tickets, emergency numbers for bank cards & travel insurance etc.

*Some good advice: Email all this information to yourself and leave in your email inbox for easy access!
Remember to bring: cash, debit cards, credit cards, money belt.

Travellers cheques are normally the most beneficial way of carrying money as they are secure if lost or damaged (keep the traveller cheque number copies on your email inbox). However, do be aware that exchanging travellers cheques can be time consuming and can create difficulties during public holidays. Also be aware that as well as a commission charge exchange rates can be less than normal rates.

Most travellers use ATM's in country to take out small amounts of money. But be aware, banks in Thailand make charges on virtually all ATM's which is normally about 150Baht for up to 10,000Bhat withdrawal.

If you choose to pay for transactions on a credit card or a debit card then charges will be applied, normally between 3% and 5% on all payment transactions. The percentage charge normally added to the amount you owe when you make the payment.

Don't forget to keep your bank's emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen (email it to your own inbox). Also, inform your bank of your travels before you depart, as banks often place a temporary hold on cards due to transactions in foreign countries or other suspicious activities.

Even if you contact your bank before you leave, you may find that your bank will cancel your card if any large transactions or multiple transactions have been undertaken, so always keep a small emergency fund (a few hundred Baht) in an emergency fund for international phone calls to your bank.
Look on the internet at your own country's embassy website (some have specific Thailand sections) or Thailand's own embassy website for the latest visa requirements and rules for your own country.

For some countries a short term entry visa can be obtained upon arrival. If entering by air you will be granted a 30-day entry stamp. If entering by land you will be granted a 15-day stamp and you will require an onward ticket. Check online at your embassy to see which countries this is available.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
Dress Code
Remember that styles of dress are generally conservative throughout Asia. This is especially true outside major cities and tourist areas.

It is therefore recommended that modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid low cut bikini tops on the beach and g-strings and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants that cover the legs in temples and religious sites.
Rather than use your international mobile SIM which often has high charges, it is often beneficial to buy a local Thai mobile SIM at any 7/11 store. Calls are often much cheaper and there are normally no international roaming charges from Thailand SIM's. If you dial 008 or 009 before the international number you wish to call you should get low cost calls (some are Seven Baht per minute).

If you have a contract phone then consider buying a cheap mobile phone (if yours is locked to your international SIM by your phone company) and buy a local SIM card.
There is also Internet and email access in most places across Thailand but if you are on a tour for a number of days at a time in to rural regions or on a liveaboard in the ocean then there may not be access.
First-aid kit, medication/prescriptions (consider carrying a doctor's letter if you require a large amount of medication), Doctors letter for scuba diving, sunscreen, refillable water bottle and purification tablets, flashlight, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses, traveler's diarrhea tablets, prescription glasses, contact lenses and solution, earplugs, playing cards, phrasebook.

You should consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country and inform them of the countries you will be visiting for the relevant vaccinations.
Scuba Diving
We advise everyone to get a doctor's letter for scuba diving prior to leaving your home country as you will have to fill in a very thorough and stringent health form at all dive schools so if you have a doctor's certificate it will be a big benefit.

Some of the major problems restricting people from diving without a doctors letter include if you have ever had asthma, hay fever, allergies, feinting, major operations, blackouts, epilepsy etc, so you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are now physically fine.
Travel Insurance
This is the one most important thing in Thailand to have. Hospitals in country can be astronomically expensive even for the smallest injury. You must take out good travel insurance before you arrive.
Whatever you hear all drugs in Thailand are illegal. This applies to cannabis, magic mushrooms and every type of Class A drug. Massive fines and long custodial sentences in a Thai jail are the norm. Simply, don't do drugs.
Travelling with Children
Thailand is very child friendly and you will see immediate warmth towards all children by Thai people.

Safety and security, however, can be rather relaxed and you will often see families groups of four travelling on small motorbikes without helmets. It is not advisable to follow this local trend and is in fact illegal.

Rather than make a long list of do's and don'ts, as parents most know the right's and wrong's so it is best to apply the same rules that you have back in your home country for your children when you visit Thailand.
Travellers with Physical Disabilities
Thailand is not the best equipped country for consideration to people in wheelchairs or with other disabilities. Pavements (sidewalks) are often non-existent or can be extremely narrow, uneven or have tall curbs at junctions. Many hotels, restaurants, bars and many public places also have restricted access.

The best advice is to book in more upmarket resorts or hotels who can provide facilities to make your stay easy and more welcoming.