Guidelines for the tourist visiting Thailand


General information about Thailand:


  • Thailand Area: 514,000
  • Thailand Population: 65,479,453 people
  • Population density: 130.5 people/km²
  • Ethnic groups: the Thais, Laotians
  • Administrative divisions: divided into 76 provinces  
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Language: Thai, English
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Time zone: UTC+7
  • Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 A;
  • Currency: Thai Baht


Location. Country in Southeast Asia, located in the southwestern part of the Indochina peninsula and the northern part of the Malay Peninsula. It is bordered by Laos and Cambodia to the east, with Myanmar to the west and by Malaysia on the south. Until 1939 it was called Siam; the word “Thai” means "freedom" in Thai.    

The Kingdom of Thailand is a country situated in Southeast Asia, the Indochina peninsula and the Malay Peninsula, on the west it is washed by the Andaman Sea, to the east by the Siam Gulf of South China Sea.  

The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. Bangkok means "palace for the gods, the gods of construction in heaven." Bangkok is the City of Angels, from here starts your meeting with Thailand. In this remarkable city founded in 1782 by King Rama 1, there are more than 7 million people and it does not have a single center, but a few equally great centers, each of which is original in its own way.

Climate is humid tropical and subtropical. This is due to the location of most part of the country in tropical and subtropical areas and the influence of the southwest and northeast monsoons. The distance between the utmost northern and utmost southern point of Thailand is 1,860 km, and the difference between latitude is about 15. Such a length from north to south makes the climate of Thailand one of the most diverse in Southeast Asia. The southwest monsoon brings rain and relative coolness from late May till mid-July. By November, the rains stop and "cool-dry" season comes, which lasts until mid-February. At this time there is the impact and influence of the northeast monsoon, not affecting the North, Northeast and Central Thailand itself, but bringing coolness. After the weakening of monsoon in February - May, the intense heat starts, the humidity of the air is gradually increased until the beginning of the new monsoon season and the cycle repeats again.

Currency. Currency of Thailand is Thai Baht. One Baht is divided into 100 satang. $ 1 is approximately 33 baht. Banknotes in circulation are 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht. Some exchange offices do not accept American bills issued in 1990 and 1993 years.

Documents. If you are arriving in Thailand without prior issue visas at the embassy, you can get it at the airport on arrival. Upon arrival in Thailand, the visa is made only for 2 weeks. For every day of late stay, penalty in the amount of about $ 15 for every extra day is taken from tourists on return flight.

Customs regulations. In Thailand the importation of drugs, obscene literature, pictures, objects and firearms are prohibited. The minimum punishment for drugs is life imprisonment, the maximum is death penalty.

The registration at Thai airport opens 2 hours before departure.

Carefully read the customs rules! Export of many items and souvenirs from Thailand is prohibited or allowed only with the certificate from the store.

If you are late for a local flight, re-register the tickets for the next flight at the front of the local airline (subject to availability). The service is free.  

New rules for hand baggage at Bangkok airport.

In accordance with international safety regulations, any liquids (including aerosols, gels, etc.) taken onto the cabin must be kept in containers of not more than 100 ml. The only exceptions are necessary medicines (such as for diabetics), baby food, which is required during the flight. It is necessary to put in the luggage all liquids more than 100 ml.

It is not allowed to export corals in its raw form; the export of antiques and works of art from Thailand. Thailand banned the export of images of Buddha and Bodhisattvas or fragments thereof (except for the clergy of the Buddha, for cultural exchange events or for research purposes. Export license must be obtained from the Department of Fine Arts). Thailand also banned the export of gold bullion, precious stones, platinum jewelry, stamps and antiques without an export license. For the export of antiquities and works of art, no matter whether they are originals or reproductions, you must obtain a license for the export from the Department of Fine Arts.