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From white sandy beaches to colorful cities and from adventurous jungle tours to cocktails in the beach bar: Thailand has it all! Discover the versatility of this beautiful Asian country.
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Good to know

Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Thai Baht (฿)
Dial code: 0066 / +66
Emergency number: Tourist Police: 1155・General: 911・Police: 191・Ambulance: 1669・Fire brigade: 199
Highest point: 2.565 m (Doi Inthanon)
Travel advice: Check out the current travel advice for Thailand

Visa exemption

If you want to stay in Thailand for 30 days or less, you do not need a visa (if you are from one of these countries). You are however obligated to carry a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months when you leave Thailand, with at least one empty visa page. Officially you must also be able to present a return ticket or a ticket to your next destination, but this is not often checked. Many backpackers travel by land to Laos or Cambodia and do not have an outgoing ticket. Once you’re in Thailand, you can extend your visa-free stay with an additional 15 days. If you enter the country by land, you can extend it for a maximum of 7 days.

Single entry visa

If you want to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, you can apply for a single entry visa that allows you to stay in Thailand for a continuous 60 days. You can always extend your single entry visa by 30 days at one of the immigration offices. For this you need the following:

  • Valid passport
  • ID Picture
  • Departure card; you will receive this on the plane to Thailand
  • Cash
  • Copies of the first page of your passport, visa stamp(s) and your departure card
  • Completely filled in TM.7 form; you’ll get this at the immigration office

Visa run

Another thing you can do is a visa run. Which is leaving the country briefly and return via an airport. You’ll get another visa-free entrance for 30 days. You can also leave Thailand by land and come back, but that will only get you a 15-day visa*. Please note that you can do an over land visa run twice per calendar year at most. If you do this via an airport, this restriction does not apply.

* If you’re from USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy or Japan you’ll get another 30-day visa, even over land. 

Multi-entry visa

You can also apply for a multiple entry visa if you want to be able to travel in and out of the country multiple times. This visa is valid for six months from the date of issue, so within these six months, you must be in Thailand. From your day of arrival, the visa is valid for 6 months for multiple periods of up to 60 consecutive days. Every time you enter the country, you get a stamp for a new stay of 60 consecutive days.

For more information, please contact the Thai embassy or consulate in your country.

It is wise to get vaccinated against tetanus and hepatitis A before you travel to Thailand. Depending on where you are going and what you are going to do, you can get a vaccine for yellow fever, cholera, hepatitis B, TB, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, or take medicine to prevent malaria (or ask for an emergency set). There are also mosquitoes that transmit other diseases for which there are no vaccinations or medicines. So where you can, make sure to protect yourself against them. Check out the recommendations.

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Budget

The daily costs in Thailand are a meager compared to the west and in fact, this applies to the whole of Southeast Asia. In cities such as Bangkok and the popular tourist islands such as Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, and Koh Phangan you, of course, pay relatively more than when you visit less famous places. A simple hostel will only set you back a couple of euros and finding a delicious meal for a euro or two isn’t hard with the amount of great street food in Thailand.

Budget€20,- a day
Standard€30,- a day

The budgets mentioned above, are per person per day. In the ‘Budget’ category you stay in simple hostels, you will have to eat street food most days and do cheaper (or less) activities. With the ‘Standard’ category you’ll have a private room (which might be in a hostel) and you can go out for dinner (but do the street food thing anyway!!).

The best time to travel

The rainy season in Thailand is relatively long but it does differ per region. The best period to travel to Thailand can be read below by region:

– Northern Thailand: October to April
– Central Thailand: November to April
– Southern Thailand: December to April

Although this is the best time to travel to Thailand in terms of temperature, these months are also the busiest. Especially central Thailand is often fine for traveling in June and July. Something else you might want to consider: prices during off season are way lower!

In northern Thailand, it can be extremely hot in February, March, and April. If you want to avoid that heat and the super high season, it’s best to visit the northern parts of the country in October or November. If your only option is to travel in summer, don’t be discouraged. Rainy season in Thailand doesn’t mean non-stop rain. On the contrary! It often rains very hard for an hour or so. When the rain stops, the clouds lift and blue skies reappear. So don’t let these ‘perfect times to travel‘ discourage you in any way. If you want to travel to Thailand in the summer: there’re plenty of options!

A few facts

Are you visiting Asia or Thailand for the first time? Don’t get stuck in Bangkok! Don’t get us wrong, the city is definitely worth visiting, but the transition from a clean and western city to an Asian city like Bangkok is pretty intense. We would recommend exploring other parts of the country before ending your Thailand-adventure in Bangkok. That way you are more ‘used’ to life in Asia and you’ll appreciate hectic Bangkok way more. If you’re traveling from other hectic cities like Kathmandu or Delhi, this advice doesn’t apply 🙂

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