Thailand’s climate is tropical with a mean annual temperature of 82°F and high humidity. There are three distinct seasons – the hot season from March to May, the cool season from November to February and the rainy season from about June to October.holiday in Thailand during the cool season – the Thai climate during this time is hardly ‘cool’ in the traditional sense but you’ll find temperatures a lot easier to handle dropping to about 70°F in the central region and 57°F in the north.
Thai & English
For men and women greeting either men or women of the same approximate age, greeting those of higher social status (monks, teachers, doctors, government big-shots, etc), or greeting someone who is your elder– the “wai” (hands are placed in a prayer position and then touched to somewhere between the chest and top of the head.) is used.
The wai is usually accompanied by a slight nod or bow of the head. The higher the hands are raised indicates the level of respect one is giving or being given. For men and women greeting children, a simple nod and a smile is sufficient response to their “wai”.
Personal Space & Touching
Thai people prefer standing at least an arms lengths or more from one another. When conversing with friends and close acquaintances this distance is a bit shorter. Amongst friends of the same sex, there is some touching during conversation. No hugging, back-slapping, and that sort of thing. There is almost no touching between men and women while conversing. Even couples keep space between themselves in public.
GENDER is a very open society in terms of respect for different genders and sexual preferences. Women are revered as the giver of life and do hold a number of powerful positions in corporate, social, and government life. However, is still somewhat chauvinistic.
Law & Order
The legal drinking age in is 20 and the legal smoking age is 18. Drinking and smoking ages are enforced only in big stores or national chains. There also there are time restrictions for the sale of alcoholic beverages: No sale between 12 midnight, and 11 a.m., and again no sale from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. None of these restrictions tend to be enforced at local mom and pop type stores however. Possession of illegal drugs is heavily enforced, and carries heavy penalties depending on the class of drug. Marijuana possession can carry a heavy fine, or in large quantities, jail time. Hard drugs will earn prison time for those carrying them, and trafficking in them can even bring the death penalty.
For men: conservative colored suits with shirts and ties. Jackets are not a must but good to have just in case. Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off if possible.
For women: skirts and blouses are appropriate. Avoid short, tight fitting, and sleeveless attire. Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off if possible.
Jeans and business casual attire are not recommended but may be appropriate in more rural areas.
Gifts are not usually exchanged at a first meeting. If invited to a Thai person’s house, it is appropriate to bring flowers (marigolds and carnations mean death), chocolates, or fruit. Gifts are not to be opened when they are received.
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|297/438 Nara place, Sathupradit 19 ,Narathiwas 24, Yannawa | Near Max Value Shop and Bangkok Garden Condominium, Bangkok 10120|
|Kuay Tiew (Noodle Soup)||30, Soi Sukhumwit 22 Lane | In Front Of Marvel Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok|
|Som Tam||The Great Kabab Factory|
|Majestic Grande Hotel | 12 Sukhumvit Soi 2, Bangkok 10110|
|Gai Med Ma Moung (Chicken Cashew Nuts)|
|Sri Ganesh Restaurant|
|Geng Kheaw Wan Gai (Green Curry Chicken)||19/13-14, Sukhumvit Soi 13 | Sukhumvit Suites,Opp to CITRUS Hotel, Khlongtoei Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110|
|1-Jan||Thursday||New Year’s Day|
|2-Jan||Friday||New Year Holiday|
|19-Feb||Thursday||Chinese New Year|
|4-Mar||Wednesday||Makha Bucha Day|
|13-15-Apr||Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday||Songkran Festival|
|1-Jun||Monday||Visakha Bucha Day|
|30-Jul||Thursday||Asahna Bucha Day|
|12-Aug||Wednesday||H.M. Queens Birthday|
|7-Dec||Monday||H.M. Kings Birthday (observed)|
|31-Dec||Thursday||New Years Eve|
|Rajavithi General Hospital Tel: 281-1246|
|Bangkok Christian Hospital Tel : 264-0560-79 ,634-0453|
|Police Hospital Tel: 772-0303|
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|Ark Bar Beach Resort||Banthai Beach Resort & Spa|
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Railay is the cream of the crop. Widely considered one of the best beaches in the country, Railay delivers on promises of white sand beaches, clear blue water, and a feeling that you’ve found a slice of paradise. You have to take a boat to reach the island getaway, with services available from Krabi town and Ao Nang.you can go elephant trekking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and snorkeling, or take on some lighter options such as cooking classes and indulging in a massage. There’s also the tourist-friendly Diamond Cave, with a convenient walkway to accommodate curious visitors looking to do some exploring between stretches of sunbathing.
Koh Phi Phi
The Phi Phi Islands, also in Krabi, are one of Thailand’s most popular resort areas for a reason. Only Phi Phi Don is inhabited, with day trips available to the surrounding islands. One of the fun spots on Koh Phi Phi is Monkey Beach.There’s also a small stand where you can buy snacks and fruit shakes, but hang onto your treats. If you leave them unguarded, the monkeys will brazenly dig in and chow down right in front of you. Long Beach is another nice spot on the island; it’s not a secluded place, but is great for watching the sunset. If you’re lucky and the tide is out, it’s a beautiful walk back toward the main part of the island.
Khao Yai National Park
Elephants are revered in Thailand, and statues and paintings of them can be seen everywhere you go. There are many tour groups and elephant camps throughout the country allowing you to spend a day or more with the creatures, trekking through the jungle, bathing them, and even getting to help out with their morning feedings. But perhaps more exciting is the chance to see them in their natural environment, and Khao Yai National Park provides a great opportunity to do just that. You’ll see elephants roaming near waterfalls, exotic birds of prey, monkeys, and plenty of other tropical creatures that call the park home. If a one-day stay isn’t enough to take it all in, it’s possible to camp out at the park and get up early enough to watch the sunrise over the lush landscape.
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya presents a glimpse into the glory of ancient Thailand, where visitors can wander the haunting but romantic ruins of the former capital. After the Sukhothai period, the city was the most important in Thailand, and the old palaces and temples stand as a testament to this. There are also several foreign settlements, where you can gain a greater understanding of the influence other countries had in Thailand at the time. Ayutthaya is located only a short bus trip or train ride from Bangkok, making it convenient for a day trip if you’re pressed for time. If you’re on a more leisurely schedule, plan on spending a few days in the ancient capital and rent a push-bike to tour both the old city and the new.
The floating market;boats are still piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat.To enjoy the atmosphere without haggling over prices, try relaxing on a guided boat tour of Damnoen Saduak market. Floating markets are Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak.
Thailand is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of India
Official Currency “Thai Baht”
The best time to visit is between November and March when the weather in Thailand is optimum and you’ll be able to take full advantage of the Thailand beaches (although Koh Samui is best from June to September). November to March is also Thailand’s main period of national and regional festivals.
Peak Season in Thailand – January to March
The most popular and therefore the most expensive months to visit Thailand. Humidity is at its lowest for the year and temperatures are slightly lower than normal averaging around 32° from Bangkok southwards. In the north the temperature can drop much lower overnight but during daylight hot sunny days are the norm.
January being the peak-month of the year means hotels often charge more than double the rates they do at other times though better value is possible in February and more so in March . The other downside for some people will be the crowded streets, nightlife venues and the increased traffic which in some places makes simple things like crossing a road quite a chore.
The Month of Songkran – April
The last month before the rainy season starts and often the hottest month of the year. Its also the month of “Songkran” festivals where thai citizens celebrate their new year by enthusiastically dousing each other (and tourists) with cold water. There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world and, as it attracts large numbers of tourists, expect big crowds and increased prices. For most visitors it’s a time of incredible fun but if you are not prepared to take part then be prepared to stay in your hotel room all day as you will not get far along the street before you are completely soaked. You have been warned!
Sunscreen, Never underestimate the power of the Thai sun. Summer or winter overexposure willburn you badly and do irreparable damage to your skin. Between the hours of 10am and 3pm UV rays (the ultraviolet rays that give skin damage or worse) are at their strongest.
Wear a hat, wear wrap type sunglasses with EPF10 (eye protection factor), wear a strong SPF factor water-resistant sunscreen. Reduce your exposure to the sun to short bursts. Permanent skin damage starts to occur after 15 minutes.
Drink Water – Keep yourself hydrated at all times, safe bottled drinking water is available everywhere, it’s cold and it’s cheap. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times, don’t underestimate the risks of dehydration.
Taxis – Bangkok taxis are a very safe mode of transport and operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Presenting yourself with an air of confidence, knowing that the meter must start at THB35 and be prepared to get out and take another taxi if not. Don’t engage the driver in unnecessary conversation.
Jewellery – Best advice? Do not bring it, if possible. However, if you must wear expensive jewellery, do so discreetly. When riding motorbikes or in the back of Songthaews, keep your necklace tucked well inside your clothing, or better yet, leave it in your hotel room safe.
Party Drugs – Don’t accept drugs in any shape or form, at any time or for any reason. Apart from never really knowing what substance you’re actually ingesting, you should seriously consider the possibility that any offers of drugs may in fact be a undercover Police operation. Punishments for the possession, distribution or use of even small quantities of illegal substances are SEVERE.
Go local – The easiest way to save money in Thailand is to simply live like a local. Take local buses, eat street food, and drink local beer. The average Thai lives on a less than 7,750 THB per month in Bangkok, and on even less in the country side. If you stay at cheap guesthouses and eat the street food, you can spend as little as 335 THB per day.
Eat the street food – Speaking of street food, don’t be afraid to eat it. It’s safe- even safer than a restaurant. If it wasn’t, the Thais wouldn’t be packing the stalls each day. You’ll find the best of Thailand’s food on the street and it will cost you a fraction of what you pay at a restaurant.
Take advantage of happy hour – Thailand’s many happy hours have half-priced drinks and 2-for-1 specials.
Thailand Travel Dont’s
Do not ever show disrespect towards the Thai Royal Family. Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, failing or deliberately failing to show some respect towards the King or the Monarchy in any situation where it is expected, is not only an offense, but can also get you in prison.
Do not criticize the regime or the ruling families. In Thailand even the most innocent critic turns lightly to lese-majesty crime, leading to a long years of prison.
Do not ever show disrespect to Buddha images, large or small, ruined or not, which is regarded as a sacred object. And never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate a lack of respect. Sacrilegious acts are punishable by imprisonment even if committed by foreign visitors.
Do not take Buddha images out of the country, which is against the law unless special permission has been granted. However, stores will sell them to you, but won’t necessarily tell you about the regulations.
Do not cross your legs when you are in the presence of a monk, no matter you are sitting on the floor or in a chair.
Do not eat rice with your fork, eat with a spoon instead. The fork is used to push the food into the spoon, and the spoon is used to eat. It is also considered impolite and disrespectful to leave some rice in the plate. So make sure you will finish it all.
Do not be too affectionate in public. Kissing, cuddling and similar behaviour are frowned upon if in public, especially amongst older Thais.
Do not get involved with anything or anyone about drugs. Do not take any packages through Thai customs for anybody! If you are caught carrying drugs, you risk the death penalty or life in prison. So be warned!
Do not ever accept any bag or anything from someone you don’t know very well, as it may contain drugs. And beware of your own compatriots, there are many scams of all kinds run by foreigners and aimed at foreigners.Trafficking or possession of drugs (including “soft” drugs) is in many cases punished with the death penalty. Also do not expect that your embassy can do much for you.
Do not sunbathe nude, which is offensive to most Thai people.
Do not touch Thai’s head or ruffle their hair. Thai regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively.
Do not point at people or things with your feet. This is considered very rude, as the feet are considered as the most inferior parts of the human body. And do not sit on the floor of a Temple with your feet pointing at the Buddha Image!
Do not be offended by questions about age, salary or marital status, which are common questions Thai ask each other when first meet.
Do not smoke in the street, nor to drop litter in the street. You can be fined 2,000 Baht for doing so.
Do not shout in public in anyway (to anybody). In Thailand shouting and shows of annoyance are entirely frowned upon, whatever the situation. There may be times when you face frustrations, do so quietly and calmly.
Do not accept any offers from strangers to assist you in finding the right places to do your shopping. If you need a taxi, just ignore all the touts and go straight to the public taxi counter.
Do not participate in any form of gambling. Gambling is against the law in Thailand and penalties are very severe!
Do not get involved in prostitution in Thailand, which is not only put your health at serious risk, but also high chances of getting robbed.
Do not keep your valuables in a hotel safe deposit box. Some safe deposit boxes are the most unsafe places for safekeeping. Entrust your valuables only to respectable hotels.
Thailand Travel Do’s
Do dress properly in all religious temples and shrines. Do not ever go without sleeves or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable clothes.
Do remove your shoes before entering a temple or a private Thai home.
Do treat monks with the highest respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of a woman.
Do show respect to the Thai hymn when the Thai national hymn is played in public places at 8.00 am and 6.00 pm every day. Most Thai people will stop and stand still, although a tourist is not expected to do so.
Do ‘wai’ (pronounce like why) which is the traditional gesture of greeting and thanking. It is done by joining hands in front of the chest and bending the head (the higher the hands, the more respect you’re showing). You can also wai as a way to apologize.
Do exercise tolerance, particularly when it comes to order food, pay a bill or waiting for change. Expect a longer time than where you come from. Do be patient, and try to keep calm no matter what the problem or provocation may be.
Do buy gemstones at a reputed establishment, but be careful of scams or be rip-offs if you follow tuk-tuk drivers’ recommendations.
Do give a tip at a nice restaurant, and do, if you wish, donate money to a respectable charity.
Do speak politely to the authorities to avoid to be sat around all day.