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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
A passport valid up to 6 months beyond your travel date and certain nationalities are required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Thailand. Most visitors may stay for 30 days without a visa.

CURRENCY
The Thai currency is the Baht. The US dollar is readily acceptable for exchange. Traveler’s checks and credit cards (including VISA, Mastercard, and American Express) are accepted in major hotels, restaurants, and shops in the urban areas. ATMs, which accept Visa and other credit cards, are available in major cities. Use the currency converter to help you quickly calculate your exchange amount.

CLIMATE
The best overall time for visiting most of Thailand is between November and February when it rains least and is not too hot. The south is best visited from March to May and the north is best from mid-November to February.

Monthly Maximum Temperatures (F)
Weather in Thailand


Before you go, check out the 5-day forecast for Bangkok or Phuket.

HEALTH
No vaccinations are officially required to visit Thailand. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that visitors have up–to–date inoculations for polio, meningitis, hepatitis A&B, tuberculosis, TABT (typhoid, paratyphoid A&B and tetanus), cholera, malaria, and Japanese encephalitis. In addition, we suggest you contact your personal physician or clinic specializing in international travel. Of course, travelers should bring any prescription medications (in the original containers) currently required. Travelers should pack a small medical kit which includes sunscreen, insect repellent, diarrhea medication, ibuprofen or aspirin and antibacterial ointments. For those who wear eyeglasses, it is recommended that an extra pair be taken, as the quality of local replacement services varies. It is strongly suggested that you have a dental check-up before departure. Medical care facilities are available but are limited and can be expensive for emergency care. For more information, visit the CDC web site.

FOOD
The basic Thai diet is comprised of rice, fish, and vegetables, flavored with garlic, black pepper and nam pla, or fish sauce. The Thais have also assimilated Portuguese, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese elements into their dishes to create some of the most exotic foods in the world. All fruits and vegetables should be cooked or peeled. Drinking tap water or ice is NOT recommended. Bottled water is available (remember to check the seal).

MAJOR HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Most festivals are associated with Buddhist or Brahman rituals and are based on the lunar calendar. There are festivals almost every month celebrated in different regions of the country. Public holidays observed are the New Year (Jan. 1); Thai New Year or "Songkran" (mid-April); Queen’s birthday (August 12); and the King’s birthday (December 5). The Rocket Festival (May) in Yasothon and Loy Krathong (November) in Sukhothai are two major festivals.

LOCAL TIME
GMT +7 hours or +12 hours for EST (subtract 1 hour for daylight savings).

ELECTRICITY
220V, 50Hz

TRAVEL ADVISORY
Visit the US State Department website for the most current travel advisory.

RECOMMENDED READING
We recommend titles at Longitude Books, www.longitudebooks.com.



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