About Thailand

Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world and it does not take long to realise why. Bangkok is a city of contrasts with action at every turn. Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk-tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a longtail boat through floating markets.

Food is also another key highlight of Bangkok, from the local dishes served at humble street stalls to haute cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants. Luxury malls compete with a sea of boutiques and markets, where you can treat yourself without overspending.

Extravagant luxury hotels and affordable service apartments welcome you with the same famed hospitality of Thailand.

General Information

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Location

40 to 60 mins drive from Bangkok City to Airport

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Climate

Daytime: 32°C (average)
Night time: 28°C (average)

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Religion

Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism

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Time

UTC+07:00

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Language

Thai, English, Mandarin

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Business Day

Mondays to Fridays, from 9am to 6pm
Major shopping malls and food outlets operate from (an average of) 10am to 9.30pm.

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Banking Hours

Most major retail banks in Bangkok operate from 8.30am to 3.30pm from Mondays to Fridays

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Electricity

Voltage is 220 Volts with either 2 flat blades (NEMA 1-15 or JIS C 8303) or round 2 pin plugs (Europlug CEE 7/16).

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Currency

Thai Baht (THB)
1THB = 0.032USD

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Tax and Tipping

Tipping in Bangkok is not customary.

Gratitude to staff at hotels and restaurants are at your discretion.

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Dress Code

Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire during business meetings is not appreciated.

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Medical Care

Bangkok’s hospitals can handle any medical emergency; it is sensible to ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare. If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, be sure to bring enough medication with you to last you for your entire stay in Bangkok. However, you are advised to bring a medical certificate with you sanctioning the use of such medications, since certain substances are banned.

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Getting around

There are many ways to navigate your way around Bangkok.

By Bus/Skytrain

While a bus or train ride may not always take you somewhere via the most direct route, it is a cheap and safe way to get around.The Skytrain is an efficient and convenient way to navigate around the inner city, at a cost low enough to relax and enjoy the ride.

By Taxi

Taxis are cheap and fares start at 35 Baht. Ensure that the meter is on and reflects 35 baht. Taxis are mainly sedan cars with a large part of the trunk (boot) taken up by a natural gas tank. The colours of the cab indicate which co-op they belong to.

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Visa Requirements

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Credit & Debit Cards

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, banks and hotels but a passport will be required.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

Police: 191
Ambulance and Rescue: 1554
Fire: 199

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Custom Clearance

Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks sealed in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less past the security checkpoint. Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials are not permitted past the security checkpoint as well.

Tourists are therefore advised to check the custom regulations of your destination country before departure.