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Practical information about Thailand

Practical information about Thailand

Practical information about Thailand

1. The climate in Thailand

Located in the tropical zone, Thailand enjoys temperatures of 20–38 degrees all year round. It is a large, elongated country, with significant geographical climate differences as a result.

Due to the south-west monsoon, there are three seasons in Northern, Eastern and Central Thailand and two in Southern Thailand.

Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Lampang – the Golden Triangle)

The cities of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Lampang are located in Northern Thailand, as is the Golden Triangle, which is the area where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos border one another. Northern Thailand has three seasons:

The hot season is from late February to early May. In this period, there are high temperatures during the day with a slight drop in temperature at night. There may be a little rain.

The rainy season in Northern Thailand falls between mid-May and mid-October. During this period, temperatures are around 20–30 degrees, with a risk of quite a lot of rain due to the south-west monsoon.

The cool season falls between October and the end of February. Temperatures are pleasant, ranging from around 10–30 degrees. You should expect cooler temperatures than the rest of year – especially at night and in mountainous areas. There may be a little rain during the period.

Weather statistics for  Chiang Mai: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 30 33 35 37 35 33 32 32 32 31 30 28
Average minimum temperature 15 16 20 23 24 24 24 24 23 22 19 15
Rainfall mm 4 9 18 57 162 125 140 217 211 118 54 16
Weather statistics for Chiang Rai: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 29 31 34 35 33 32 31 31 31 31 29 27
Average minimum temperature 13 18 17 21 23 24 23 23 23 21 17 14
Rainfall mm 8 14 28 98 213 178 311 358 284 125 59 14
Weather statistics for Lampang: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 34 37 38 36 34 33 33 33 32 31 30
Average minimum temperature 15 17 20 23 24 24 24 24 24 22 19 15
Rainfall mm 3 9 23 66 160 118 135 186 212 98 30 7

Central Thailand (Bangkok – Cha Am – the River Kwai)

Central Thailand is where you will find Thailand’s capital Bangkok, the town of Cha Am and the River Kwai area. Like Northern Thailand, Central Thailand also has three seasons:

The hot season falls between late February and early May. During this period, the temperatures are between 25 and 34 degrees, day and night. There is very little rain in the months of March and April, while a lot more rain falls in May.

The rainy season is from around mid-May to mid-October, where there is a high risk of rain due to the monsoon. The combination of rain and high temperatures ranging from 24–32 degrees means you should expect high humidity.

The cool season falls between mid-October and early February, when the temperature is generally between 21 and 32 degrees. There are relatively high temperatures during the day, but getting cooler in the evening and at night.

Weather statistics for Bangkok: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 33 34 35 34 33 33 33 32 32 31 31
Average minimum temperature 21 23 25 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 24 21
Rainfall mm 13 20 42 91 248 157 175 220 334 292 50 6
Weather statistics for Cha Am: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 30 31 32 34 34 33 33 33 32 31 30 30
Average minimum temperature 22 23 25 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 24 23
Rainfall mm 12 15 54 46 109 79 93 71 120 246 101 8
Average sea temperature 28 28 29 30 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 28
Weather statistics for Kanchanaburi (River Kwai): JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 33 36 37 38 36 35 34 34 34 32 32 31
Average minimum temperature 20 22 24 26 26 26 25 25 25 24 22 20
Rainfall mm 4 18 29 79 145 86 103 98 201 209 59 6
Weather statistics for Phitsanulok: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 34 36 37 36 34 33 33 33 32 32 31
Average minimum temperature 19 21 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 22 19
Rainfall mm 4 14 27 56 171 166 179 248 247 263 33 11

The Thai east coast (Trat Province – Rayong and the islands Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Mak)

Situated on the east coast of Thailand is the Rayong beach resort, which offers easy access to the island Koh Samet. Also on the east coast is Trat Province, which houses the islands Koh Chang, Koh Kood and Koh Mak. The Thai east coast has three seasons:

The hot season is from late February to early May, with temperatures of between 22 and 34 degrees. During this period, there are high temperatures, both day and night, and you should expect high humidity.

The rainy season is from mid-May to mid-October, when there is a high risk of rain due to the south-west monsoon. Temperatures are still warm, ranging from 24–32 degrees. Some of the islands in the area may be difficult to get to at this time of the year due to the monsoon rain.

The cool season falls between November and the end of February. The period is relatively dry with comfortable temperatures ranging from 20–32 degrees. The months of December and January are the coolest months.

Weather statistics for Rayong: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 33 33 34 34 33 32 32 32 32 33 32
Average minimum temperature 22 25 26 27 27 27 27 26 25 25 23 21
Rainfall mm 21 37 70 82 199 165 172 132 255 194 51 6

The east coast of Southern Thailand (The east side of the mainland as well as the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao)

Situated off the east coast of Southern Thailand are the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The popular beach holiday islands have two seasons:

The dry season falls between January and September. This period has hot temperatures ranging from 24–32 degrees. There are plenty of hours of sunshine, making this an ideal time to visit this part of Thailand. However, there is a risk of short, intense showers.

The rainy season is between October and December, with a high risk of rain throughout the period. The temperatures are still warm, ranging from 20–35 degrees, so you should expect high humidity.

Weather statistics for Koh Samui: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 28 29 31 32 33 32 32 32 31 30 29 29
Average minimum temperature 24 25 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 24 24 24
Rainfall mm 90 30 30 80 160 100 120 100 130 290 430 150
Average sea temperature 26 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 27 27 27
Weather statistics for Koh Phangan: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 29 30 31 32 33 32 32 32 32 31 30 29
Average minimum temperature 24 25 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 25 24 24
Rainfall mm 144 33 50 86 158 93 131 106 113 266 527 203
Average sea temperature 28 28 29 30 30 30 30 30 29 29 29 28
Weather statistics for Koh Tao: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 29 29 30 32 32 31 31 31 31 30 29 29
Average minimum temperature 22 23 24 25 25 24 24 24 24 23 23 22
Rainfall mm 123 39 54 85 172 118 146 167 141 275 463 188
Average sea temperature 28 28 29 30 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 28

The west coast of Southern Thailand (The west side of the mainland with Khao Lak, Phuket and Krabi as well as the islands of Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Koh Mook and Koh Kradan)

On the west coast of Southern Thailand, you will find the popular seaside resorts of Khao Lak, Phuket and Krabi. Off the coast are the islands of Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai, Koh Mook and Koh Kradan. Both the mainland and the islands have two seasons:

The dry season is from November to the end of March. The period offers warm temperatures ranging from 21–32 degrees, plenty of sunshine and almost no rain. It is the very best time to visit this part of Thailand.

The rainy season is from April to the end of October. Temperatures are still warm, ranging from 20–31 degrees. However, there is a high probability of rain, and the islands may be difficult to access due to rain during this period. We therefore recommend that you visit Thailand’s east coast if, for example, you would like to go island hopping during this period.

Weather statistics for Khao Lak: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 34 34 34 33 33 32 32 32 32 32 32
Average minimum temperature 23 23 23 24 25 25 25 25 24 24 23 23
Rainfall mm 30 33 79 115 253 238 256 314 347 352 189 67
Average sea temperature 27 28 28 29 29 29 28 28 28 28 28 27
Weather statistics for Krabi: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 32 34 34 34 33 32 32 32 32 31 31 31
Average minimum temperature 22 25 24 26 26 25 25 25 25 25 24 24
Rainfall mm 15 19 48 106 216 215 217 230 281 298 153 60
Average sea temperature 28 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 29 29 29 29
Weather statistics for Koh Lanta: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 33 34 34 34 32 32 31 31 30 31 31 31
Average minimum temperature 24 24 25 25 25 26 25 26 25 25 24 24
Rainfall mm 10 10 30 110 190 180 270 250 380 310 160 40
Average sea temperature 28 28 29 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 29 28
Weather statistics for Koh Ngai: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 30 31 32 31 30 29 28 28 28 28 28 28
Average minimum temperature 22 22 23 25 25 25 25 25 25 24 23 22
Rainfall mm 24 24 54 89 145 137 163 186 194 222 155 64
Average sea temperature 28 28 29 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 29 29
Weather statistics for Koh Mook: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 30 32 33 33 32 31 30 31 31 30 30 29
Average minimum temperature 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 24
Rainfall mm 24 24 54 89 145 137 163 186 194 222 155 64
Average sea temperature 28 28 29 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 29 28
2. Form of travel

Excursions and transfers are conducted in small, international groups led by English-speaking guides.

3. When is it best to travel to Thailand?

Thailand is an all-year destination, but on account of the monsoons and the seasons, it is a good idea to plan the destination(s) you wish to visit on the basis of when you would prefer to travel.

4. Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from Asiatours.co.uk. Click here to read our terms and conditions of travel.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

5. Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their tour.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

6. Language

Thai is the language spoken in Thailand. However, English is widely spoken at tourist destinations, especially among young Thai people. Of course, it is always useful to be able to say a few phrases in the local language.

7. Vaccinations

We always advise that you contact a specialist, your GP or an authorized vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules for travel & vaccinations at the central NHS Fit for Travel website: here

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another country where yellow fever is present.

Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. So be sure to bring your vaccination certificate with you in these cases.

8. Visa

As a UK citizen, you will not normally need a visa for tourist visits lasting up to 30 days. If you arrive by plane, your passport will be stamped with an entrance stamp that is valid for a 30-day tourist stay.

In the same way as for other international travel, you must be in possession of a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after entry into Thailand.

The rules on visas can be checked on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

9. Currency

The unit of currency in Thailand is the baht (THB).

Visit www.xe.com/currencyconverter to see the current exchange rate in both US dollars and euros. Standard credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are generally accepted, and cash machines (ATMs) are common in most towns, including those on the larger islands. Please note that there are no banks on some of the small islands in Thailand, and that you will not be able to withdraw cash from an ATM either. You will therefore need to bring some baht with you in cash.

You can generally pay with a credit card at hotels and in many restaurants and shops. Once again, however, the farther out into the country you travel, the harder it may be to use your credit card.

10. Price level

Thailand is no longer as inexpensive as it once was. Things are generally more expensive in the big tourist destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Phuket and in tourist restaurants than they are in more rural regions and places that do not attract as many tourists. We accept no liability for changes in the general price level.

  • Food:
  • Food from street kitchens: THB 20–40
  • Restaurants serving western cuisine: THB 500–1,000
  • Restaurants serving Thai cuisine: THB 100–400
  • Drinks:
  • Soft drinks: THB 20–40
  • Beer: THB 80–110
  • Juice: Around THB 50
  • Water: THB 15–30
  • Other goods:
  • Shorts/t-shirts: THB 100–400
  • Medicine: Much cheaper than in most European countries.
  • Mosquito repellent: THB 60–100
11. Tipping

You are welcome to give gratuities, but it is up to you whether or not to do so and you may tip as much or as little as you like. The following suggestions are indicative only:

  • Maid: THB 50–100 per day
  • Guides: THB 150–300 per person, per day; depending on the service supplied
  • Drivers: THB 50–150 per person, per day; depending on the service supplied
  • Restaurants: In most restaurants, a service charge is included in the price so there is no need to leave an extra tip. If this is the case, your bill will state ‘10 per cent service charge’. If this – or something like it – is not written on your bill, you are welcome to add 5–10 per cent, depending on the quality of the food and the service.
12. Time difference

The difference between Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the time in Thailand depends on UK summer and winter time, as Thailand does not use daylight saving time.

Summer time: +4 hours. This means that when it is noon GMT, it is 16.00 in Thailand.

Winter time: +5 hours. This means that when it is noon GMT, it is 17.00 in Thailand.

13. Electricity

Thailand uses the same type of mains electricity as within the UK. Asiatours still recommends that you take a travel adapter with you on the tour – especially one that can accommodate a 3-pin plug (earthed computer plug) if you will need to charge your laptop, for example.

14. Telephone and Internet

The international dialling code for Thailand is +66. It can be expensive to place calls to – or receive them from – Europe while you are in Thailand. Ask your own mobile service provider about coverage and call charges.
Internet cafés are common throughout Thailand. Most hotels provide a Wi-Fi connection, but many of them charge a fee for using it.

15. Safety

Just like most countries in South-East Asia, Thailand is a safe country for tourists to travel in. There is very little crime in general, and the Thai people are very used to tourists.

The tuk-tuk drivers who ply their trade near the major tourist destinations generally charge high prices, or drive tourists to specific shops where they receive commission if the tourists buy something. As a general rule, be wary of people who approach you unsolicited and suggest that you participate in a game or visit a show. It will almost certainly be an expensive and unpleasant experience. Similarly, only attempt to buy diamonds or other precious stones if you are knowledgeable about the business.

Always follow the advice and information provided by the guides and you can be sure of staying out of danger.

16. Food and drink

Thai food is well-known all over the world and tastes delicious! A great many culinary delights await you in Thailand. The dishes are typically healthy, comprising rice, noodles, meat, vegetables and a wide variety of spices.

Don’t be afraid of eating food from street kitchens – there are often magical culinary treats in store … As a rule of thumb, eat from street kitchens where there are already many guests. This means a high turnover of ingredients, so there is less risk of the food making you ill.
For example, try:

  • Khao Man Kai (rice, garlic and fried chicken served with a spicy sauce)
  • Som Tam (spiced papaya salad)
  • Gai Med Ma Muong (chicken with roast cashew nuts, vegetables, chilli and garlic)
  • Kao Phad (the classic fried rice dish, served with meat, prawns or egg, as well as onion, tomatoes and garlic/chilli).
  • Tom Kha Gai (soup made from coconut milk, lemon grass, chicken and galangal (Asian ginger))

Only ever drink water from bottles. Bottled water is cheap and readily available everywhere. DO NOT drink water from the taps.

17. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

18. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport. If you find any mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

19. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

20. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

The airline will assign you a seat on board the aircraft upon check-in. If you have specific wishes, you can make a seat reservation via the airline’s website. Most airlines have an area on their website named “manage my booking” or similar. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation, so it’s a good idea to have your payment card ready when starting a seat reservation. Airline seat reservations vary from company to company, but as a general rule, you can book seats from around 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer upgrades with extra legroom or comfort seating, such as Economy Comfort with KLM and Premium Voyageur with Air France. You can check these details through the airline’s own website, along with payment information.

Please kindly note that airlines have full access to all seats on the aircraft and therefore always reserve the right to alter a reservation.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will issues your seating upon check-in at the airport.

21. Your luggage

We use many different airlines for our flights to Thailand, so there may be variations in the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring with you as both checked luggage and hand luggage. Check the information about this on your airline ticket, and contact us if you have any questions.

If your itinerary involves a domestic flight in Thailand, limitations apply to the amount of luggage you can bring with you.

You should also make sure you carry all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, visas, airline tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, money and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

You may find yourself sitting in a draught from the air conditioning in the plane, so make sure to pack a warm jumper or jacket in your hand luggage.

22. Transfers to and from airports

On arrival at the different airports in Thailand, you will be met by our local representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a sign bearing your name. You will naturally also be driven to the airport on departure. You will be informed of your pick-up time when you arrive in Thailand.

23. Etiquette and cultural differences

Experiencing differences in culture and etiquette is one of the delights of travelling, and it is essential to respect these differences. ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ is good advice, and the section below contains a number of useful hints and tips intended to help you make the very most of your visit to Thailand.

  • Try not to show anger. Displaying frustration or anger by shouting or acting rudely is considered extremely impolite and disrespectful – and nothing good will come of it.
  • NEVER speak disrespectfully of the royal family! This is considered a serious crime, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison!
  • You will notice that the Thai national anthem is played occasionally over loudspeakers in places where there are large crowds of people (in markets, train stations, cinemas, etc.). When the anthem is played, everyone stops what they are doing and stands still. Make sure to show respect by doing the same.
  • Do not wear shorts, short skirts or tank tops, especially close to temples and churches and out in the country where few tourists travel.
  • Always remove your shoes when you enter a private home or a temple.
  • Do not go skinny-dipping or nude sunbathing on local beaches. However, the practices are fairly common at tourist beaches.
  • Do not pose for photographs with statues of Buddha, and never climb up on them.
  • Avoid touching people (especially children) on their heads; the head is considered to be the holiest part of the body, and touching it is believed to bring bad luck. If you happen to do so by accident, apologise immediately.
  • As the feet are considered the dirtiest part of the body, make sure not to touch other people with your feet – and do not point your feet towards others.
  • Do not poke chopsticks into your bowl of rice, or leave them sticking up. Place them next to the bowl instead. If you leave them sticking out of the rice bowl they look like incense sticks, which are lit in temples in honour of the dead.
24. Donations and gifts

Some parts of Thailand are very poor, and our local partner has given us the following guidelines regarding donations and gifts.

  • NEVER give money to beggars – children in particular. Giving money to beggars reinforces the impression that begging is an acceptable way of life. If children earn money from begging, their parents will be tempted to send them out onto the streets to beg rather than to school.
  • The only exception to this rule relates to handicapped people and the elderly; it is OK to given them a few coins.
  • NEVER give sweets to children in the villages you visit during your tour.
  • Try to get out of the habit of giving material things. It is often better to share your time, give a smile and offer friendship.
25. Smoking in Thailand

Thailand has had a strict anti-smoking policy since 2001, and in 2017, the laws were made even stricter. It is also illegal to bring or use e-cigarettes, e-liquids and water pipes to Thailand. Violating smoking laws may lead to penalties including fines and imprisonment.

It is strictly forbidden to smoke at:

  • Restaurants, bars, clubs and discotheques with air conditioning
  • Hotels (except in smoking rooms)
  • Temples and sites of prayer
  • Train stations and platforms, bus stations and airports, as well as trains, buses and planes
  • Beaches, except for special smoking areas on every beach
  • Amusement parks and playgrounds
  • Pharmacies, shops and shopping centres
  • Hospitals, educational institutions and office buildings
26. Travellers with reduced mobillity

Please note, our tours are generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for information about the possibilities according any specific needs.

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