Thailand is a warm and rather humid tropical country with a monsoonal climate. Temperatures are highest in March and April, with an average temperature of 28 C to 38 C and humidity averaging between 73% and 82.8%.
Dry: March to May
Rainy: June to October
Cool: November to February
The population in Thailand is approximately 62 million, of which around 6 million live in the capital city, Bangkok.
The national and official language is Thai, while English is widely spoken and understood in major cities, particularly in Bangkok and in business circles.
Government and business offices are open from 8:30 to 16:30 hours, Monday to Friday.
220 volts 50 cycles throughout the country
Foreign Currency Declaration:
As of 24 February 2008, under the relevant Thai law, any foreigner who brings or takes an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000 or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand shall declare such amount of foreign currency to a Customs Officer. Failure to declare foreign currency that exceeds the amount restricted by law or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand or making any false declaration to a Customs Officer is a criminal offence.
The country's central bank is the Bank of Thailand. Major Thai commercial banks include the Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Krung Thai Bank, Thai Farmers Bank, and Thai Military Bank. Business hours are 08:30 - 15:30 hours, Monday to Friday. Several international banks also have offices in Thailand. Most banks in Thailand have a nationwide network of ATM machines that dispense Thai baht only. The ATMs usually have Thai and English language displays and will accept the cards of other Thai banks and foreign cards that use internationally recognized electronic banking systems. Many teller machines will also accept VISA or MasterCard (the logos will be prominently displayed).
All major credit cards are accepted in most tourist destinations.
The baht is the standard currency unit. 1 baht = 100 satangs
Bank Notes: 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 baht
Coins: 1, 5, and 10 baht
Indicative Exchange rate:
USD 1: Thai Baht 33
Health and Medical Facilities:
Bangkok has numerous clinics and hospitals catering to a variety of needs. Major public and private hospitals are equipped with the latest medical technology and internationally qualified specialists. Almost all pharmaceuticals are widely available. Drinking of tap water should be avoided.
- Direct Assistance: 1133
- Long Distance Service: 100
- Bangkok city code: 02
- IDD: 001+Country code + Area code + Phone number
- Mobile Police: 191
- Fire Brigade: 199
- Ambulance(BKK): +66(0)2252-2171-5
- Tourist Information (TAT Head Office): +66(0)2250-5500
- Tourist Information (Airport Office) : Terminal I : 0-2523-8972-3
- Information (Airport Office) : Terminal II : 0-2535-2669
- Tourist Police: 1155