Thailand is one of those rare places that can turn the most unadventurous tourist into a true traveller. The only Asian country never to have been colonised, Thailand has had the knack, of instead, colonising the hearts of all who visit. For travellers, this is perhaps the most welcoming place on Earth. Where else are strangers greeted with a solemn bow that acknowledges the divine within? Indeed, Thailand is the country that has taught the rest of Asia what it is to be the perfect host, without compromising the rhythms and traditions of its own unique culture. Thailand is a Buddhist nation and the religion is practiced by many. A lot of tourist attractions are temples and golden-plated Buddha status, framing both the rural and modern landscape.
Thailand has it all, bustling cities, exotic sun drenched beaches, Buddhist temples, and exotic wildlife. A fascinating culture and friendly people, Thailand is definitely ‘the land of smiles’.
Neighboring countries: Burma and Laos to the North, Burma to the West, Laos and Cambodia to the East and Malaysia to the South.
Area: 514,000 sq km (200,000 sq miles)
Population (2016): 69.04 million
Capital: Bangkok – 94.6% of Thais are Buddhist, 4.6% of Thais are Muslim 0.7% of Thais are Christian
Currency: Thai Bath
Best time to go: Thailand is a tropical destination, hot and humid all year round with temperatures mainly in the 28-35°C range. The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February. At this time of year it rains less and the temperatures are cooler. This period is also Thailand’s main season for festivals, like LoiKrathong. Secondary peak season is in July and August.
Nationals allowed to enter Thailand for maximum 30 days without visa with a return air ticket dated for less than 30 days:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam.
Nationals of the above-mentioned countries may stay up to 30 days in Thailand without a visa, provided that they hold a valid passport and enter Thailand for touristic purpose.
For Visa on arrival: List of countries whose nationals may apply for a visa at the Immigration Checkpoints for touristic purpose only and for a period not exceeding 15 days:
Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Oman, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
If a tourist holds the passport of a country which is on the list of countries eligible to obtain Visa on Arrival in Thailand and they will enter Thailand aboard a flight, then said tourist can receive a Visa on Arrival at international airports.
If a tourist holds the passport of the country which is on the list of countries eligible to obtain Visa on Arrival in Thailand but they will enter Thailand via a land border, then in that case, we strongly recommend the tourist to obtain their Thailand visa in their departure country prior to their departure date as the regulations of obtaining VOA and the availability of designated immigration checkpoints via land borders might be changed without prior notice.
– Make sure your passport is valid with at least 6 months before the expiry date
– Consider medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance.
– Check with your doctor re vaccinations and medicines needed.
– Hat and sunglasses
– Clothes with covered shoulders and knees for sacred buildings and temples
– Good shoes for trekking and for walks around temples
– Personal First Aid Kit (bring in small amounts and in small containers)
– ID pictures for visa
– At least 30 USD in cash for the visa fee
– Passport and important documents’ photocopies in case of loss
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