Travel Tips

aelogoVisas and Passports

South African passport holders do not require a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. Passports must be valid for at least six months after travel. On arrival in Thailand a return ticket may need to be presented on request.

 

Currency

The Thai unit of currency is the baht., with 100 satang to the baht. Notes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 baht. Coins are minted in 25 and 50 satang, and 1, 5 and 10 baht. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers. Travellers cheques and foreign currency are easily cashed at hotels, tourist shops and in shopping centres, although rates of exchange at banks or authorized money changers are better than those at hotels and department stores. Credit cards are widely accepted.

 

Electricity

The electric current is 220 volt AC ( 50 cycles ) throughout the country.  Bring a plug adaptor kit as many types of plugs and sockets are used.

 

Health requirements

Visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or passing through a designated contaminated area. Tap water is clean but bottled water is recommended.

 

Local Time

Thailand is 5 hours ahead of South African standard time ( GMT +7 Hours )

 

Language

The official language is Thai, however English is widely spoken and understood, particluarlly in Bangkok, and in most hotels, shops and restaurants in major tourist destinations.

 

Climate

Thailand has a tropical Climate with three main seasons

Hot Season:  March- May

Rainy Season:  May – October

Cool Season: November- February

 

Average temperatures range from 20-30˚ Celsius. During the rainy season downpours hardly last more than a couple of hours.  Days of constant downpours are rare.

 

Drinking water

Bottled mineral water is recommended 

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