A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Thailand
Thailand has quickly become one of the most popular destinations for domestic and international tourists. The country can give you great beaches, a temperate climate, and many historical sights. It is one of the fastest developing tourist destinations.
In 2019 alone, the country had 39.8 million visitors flocking for what Thailand can offer them. In fact, a big portion of Thailand’s revenue comes from its tourist industry.
So, if you want to visit Thailand, here are some important information that you should know.
Thailand’s Visa Requirements
If you visit Thailand with the purpose to sightsee, for leisure activities, or personal vacation, you are entering the country as a tourist. As a tourist, you are not allowed to work or conduct business. With a tourist visa, you can stay in Thailand for more than 30 days.
There are also certain countries that can enter the country without a visa. They are allowed to stay in Thailand for 45 to 9- days. To view the full list of visa-exempted countries, check out this list.
For citizens of countries not included in the list, you are required to supply documents and apply for a visa. Here are some documents that you will need to submit:
- Passport with a validity not less than 6 months
- An accomplished visa application form
- One recent photograph of the applicant (4cm x 6cm)
- Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket that is paid in full
- Financial statement (20,000 baht per person or 40,000 baht per family)
- Proof of hotel reservations or private accommodation
- Visa fee of $30 per entry (subject to change without prior notice)
- Certificate of Entry (COE) from local Thai Embassy or Consulate
Flight Cost to Thailand
Airfare to tickets vary from different airlines but like all countries, Thailand has specific seasons where traveling to the country is pricier. The country’s peak season is usually from late November to early April, most especially during Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year. Not only are airfares a bit more expensive during these times, but hotel accommodations are also known to up their charges during these seasons.
On average and depending on the airline that you choose, a round-trip ticket to Thailand can cost $113 to $550.
Tip! Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok’s international airport is the cheapest one to fly into.
Flight Duration to Thailand
If you are from Asia, the flight duration to Thailand can range from 1 hour (from Cambodia) to 8 hours (from Turkey). If you are from the US, it could take you 17 to 18 hours. If you are coming from Australia, the average flight duration would be between 11 to 12 hours. If you are flying from the EU countries, flight time can be 8 to 9 hours (from Russia) to 13 hours (from Spain).
Important Apps for Tourists
To fully enjoy Thailand, here are some apps that you can download on your phone that can help you navigate, communicate, and appreciate the country.
Almost everyone is intimidated to travel to a foreign country due to language barriers. Not being able to understand and communicate well can be a huge travel turn-off, especially in Thailand where not a lot of people speak and knows English.
Google Translate does the job. It’s a straightforward mobile application that translates to 108 languages, including Thai. It is said to translate Thai well, too.
Thai Best Dict
If you are traveling to an area in Thailand where Internet connection or mobile data might not be available, download the Thai Best Dict app. This particular translating mobile application can be used offline. The translation is quite detailed and you can also listen to the correct Thai pronunciation.
If you plan to go around Thailand using a taxi, then you need to download the Grab app. It’s a mobile application that allows you to book a taxi fast and easily. You can choose between different vehicles, like taxis, personal cars, and motorcycles. The app even has a delivery service.
The app will calculate the distance, expected time of arrival, and estimated fare. It’s convenient too as you can pay using cash or credit card. You get an electronic receipt in your email, as well.
If you are opting out of taxis, you can also go around Thailand using busses and ViaBus the right app for that. The app will tell you the bus’ estimated time of arrival, location, route, bus stop, and even other means of public transportation.
To fully utilize your time in Thailand, use the perfect app made by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Amazing Thailand.
The app will serve as your virtual tour guide, giving you the most popular tourist destinations, travel tips, accommodations, events, and food all in one app.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Thailand expensive?
Thailand can be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia if you don’t travel smart and prefers to tour in luxury. There are hostels in Thailand that you can stay in for as low as $6 per night for a bed. Thailand is also the home to exquisite delicious food and you can save a lot of money if you eat local, this means embracing the local and savory Thai food.
- How’s the climate and weather in Thailand?
Thailand has a tropical climate so it is generally hot, especially between March and May. The country’s monsoon season is between May to October and consists of a hot day and humid with torrential rains.
- Is Thailand safe?
Generally, Thailand is very safe to visit. However, it is still recommended to practice caution and common traveling sense, especially when dealing with strangers and traveling alone. Assault of traveler is rare but it does happens.