Thailand Islands - Travel Basics

 
 

Thailand Islands - Travel Basics


 
 
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Visas

Visa requirements will differ according to the country of origin. Citizens from the UK, Australia, Canada, USA and most EU member countries will require a passport and are normally issued with a 30 day visa on arrival in Thailand. Other conditions of entry may also apply such as travellers must have a return ticket and enough funds to support themselves while travelling in Thailand. For visa conditions, check with the Thai consulate in your own country or online.

Best time to go to Thailand
The best to visit Thailand is also the peak tourist season in Thailand which starts at the beginning of December and finishes around February or March.
The weather during this period is cooler & dryer compared to other months of the year.

As it is also the peak season, most island resorts will be crowded and hotel prices will rise dramatically compared to low season prices.
To ensure that you get the hotel and resort of your choice, it is best to book as early as possible as most of the popular hotels fill up quickly.

Currency
The currency of Thailand is Baht (฿) and is available in notes which are in denominations of ฿10, 100, ฿50, ฿500 and ฿1000. Coins are available in denominations of 25 satang, 50 satang, ฿1, ฿5 and ฿10.

To obtain currency, Thailand has a good network of ATMs and credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Banking hours are from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Tourists can change currencies at Bureaux De Changes which are found in major towns, cities and resorts or through their hotel.

Travel Insurance
Whether you are travelling alone or as part of a group or family, it is essential to take out comprehensive travel insurance from a reputable company through checking online reviews.
 

Although most travellers or holidaymakers will experience very few problems when travelling, the low cost of travel insurance is a small price to pay for peace of mind or for when you are faced with the unforeseen. Travelling from one country to another or within a foreign country can be stressful at the best of times but factor in flight delays, cancellations, missing baggage, accidents, lost holiday money, falling ill etc. and the costs of your holiday could spiral out of control if you do not have travel insurance. For instance, falling ill due to a bout of food poisoning can easily result in a couple of days stay at a Thai hospital in a tourist area for which the hospital is likely to charge over one thousand euros per day for treatment, tests, medicine, accommodation, etc. Without travel insurance, you will have no choice but to pay the bill in full before they will allow you to leave.

Before purchasing travel insurance, it is important to read the travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for your needs especially if you going to take part in extreme sports or adventure holidays. Most policies will provide a reasonable level of coverage for medical expenses, cancellations, baggage or personal items, personal accident or liability but it is important to check any exclusions which may limit the usefulness of the policy. Once you are happy with the policy and have purchased your travel insurance, it is always good practice to carry a copy as well as sending the policy details and a copy of your passport to yourself via email.